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Radu Presura

Research Associate Professor

Radu Presura

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Physics 1999 Univ. of Bucharest, Romania
  • M.S., Physics 1987 Univ. of Bucharest, Romania
  • B.S., Physics 1986 Univ. of Bucharest, Romania

Professional Experience

  • 2009-Present Research Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2004-2009 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 1999-2004 Postdoctoral Fellow of Physics, Department of Physics, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 1998 - 1999 Visiting Scientist, Heavy Ions Plasma Physics Laboratory, GSI Darmstadt, Germany
  • 1990-2006 Senior Researcher, Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion Laboratory, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma, and Radiation Physics, Bucharest, Romania
  • 1987-1990 Physicist, Glass Factory, Bucharest, Romania

Research Interests

Physics of plasmas produced with pulsed power generators and high intensity lasers. High energy density laboratory plasma astrophysics. Plasmas for radiation sources and thermonuclear fusion.

Selected Publications

  • Pinch Research on University Pulsed Power Generators in the United States, J. Giuliani, F. N. Beg, R. M. Gilgenbach, V. L. Kantsyrev, B. Kusse, V. V. Ivanov, R. Presura, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 40, 3246-3264 (2012)
  • Shock Waves in a Z-pinch and the Formation of High Energy Density Plasma, H. U. Rahman, F. J. Wessel, P. Ney, R. Presura, Rahmat Ellahi, and P. K. Shukla, Phys. Plasmas 19, 122701 (2012)
  • Hanle Effect as Candidate for Measuring Magnetic Fields in Laboratory Plasmas, R. Presura, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 83, 10D528 (2012)
  • Self-organized electromagnetic field structures in laser-produced counterstreaming plasmas, N. L. Kugland, D. D. Ryutov, P.-Y. Chang, R. P. Drake, G. Fiksel, D. H. Froula, G. Gregori, M. Grosskopf, M. Koenig, Y. Kuramitsu, C. Kuranz, M. C. Levy, E. Liang, J. Meinecke, F. Miniati, T. Morita, A. Pelka, C. Plechaty, R. Presura, A. Ravasio, B. A. Remington, B. Reville, J. S. Ross, Y. Sakawa, A. Spitkovsky, H. Takabe, H.-S. Park, Nature Physics 8, 809-812 (2012)
  • Simulation of Shock Waves in Flyer Plate Experiments, S. Neff, R. Presura, Laser and Particle Beams 28, 539-545 (2010)
  • Radiation from wire arrays imploding on an axial target, R. Presura, D. Martinez, S. Wright, C. Plechaty, S. Neff, High Energy Density Physics 6, 262-267 (2010)
  • Penetration of Plasma Across a Magnetic Field, C. Plechaty, R. Presura, S. Wright, S. Neff, A. Haboub, Astrophysics and Space Science 322, 195-199 (2009)
  • Kelvin Helmholtz Instabilities Actuated by an External Magnetic Field, S. Wright, R. Presura, A. Esaulov, S. Neff, C. Plechaty, D. Martinez, A. Haboub, Astrophysics and Space Science 322, 201-204 (2009)
  • Megagauss magnetic fields for magnetized laser-plasma experiments, R. Presura, C. Plechaty, D. Martinez, M. Bakeman, P. Laca, C. Haefner, A. Astanovitskiy, M. Thompson, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 36, 17-21 (2008)
  • Investigation of Compressible Electromagnetic Flute Mode Instability in Finite Beta Plasma in Support of Z-Pinch and Laboratory Astrophysics Experiments, V. I. Sotnikov, V. Ivanov, R. Presura, J.N. Leboeuf, O.G. Onishchenko, B.V. Oliver, B. Jones, T.A. Mehlhorn, C. Deeney, Communications in Computational Physics 4, 611-623 (2008)
  • Isochoric heating in heterogeneous solid targets with ultrashort laser pulses, Y. Sentoku, A. Kemp, R. Presura, M. Bakeman, and T.E. Cowan, Phys. Plasmas 14, 122701 (2007)
  • >Experimental Design for the Laboratory Simulation of Magnetized Astrophysical Jets, R. Presura, S. Neff, and L. F. Wanex, Astrophysics and Space Science 307, 93-98 (2007)
  • Laboratory simulation of magnetospheric plasma shocks, R. Presura, V. Ivanov, Y. Sentoku, V. Sotnikov, N. Le Galloudec, A. Kemp, R. Mancini, H. Ruhl, A. Astanovitskiy, P. Laca, T. Cowan, T. Ditmire, C. Chiu, W. Horton, P. Valanju, S. Keely, Astrophysics and Space Science 298, 299 (2005)

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