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Carlos A. Romero-Talamás

Assistant Professor

SEE Instructor for “Science and Engineering: Experimenting with Basic Concepts

Romero-TalamasUMBC Department of Mechanical Engineering
Office: ENGR  222
Phone: (410) 455-8049

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering with minor in Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, 2005.
M.S., Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology, 2000.
M. Space Studies, International Space University, Strasbourg, France, 1998.
B.S., Engineering Physics, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, México,1995.

Honors and Awards

2014 – DARPA Young Faculty Award for Fusion Energy Research
2005 – Postdoctoral fellowship at LLNL funded by Center for Magnetic Self-Organization in Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas
1998 – Research fellowships for MS and PhD by California Institute of Technology
1997 – Scholarship by the Mexican Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) for M. Space Studies

Research Interest

Research in my group is focused on understanding basic interactions between materials, charged particles, and electromagnetic radiation. Dusty plasmas, which consist of large collections of electrons, ions, molecules, and charged dust grains, are of great interest to us. Relevance and applications of dusty plasmas range from astrophysics to materials processing. Research is carried out in both theory and experiments.

There is particular interest in the strongly coupled regime, which leads to dusty plasma crystallization  and in the basic properties of this type of so-called soft matter. Characterization of dusty plasmas is carried out with special diagnostic techniques, some of which are being developed here. Design and construction of an experimental facility that includes the production of strong magnetic fields through the dusty plasmas is underway.

Classes Taught at UMBC
ENME217 Engineering Thermodynamics
ENME489 Energy Sources for the Future
ENME489/812 Fundamentals and Applications of Plasma Physics
Selected Publications
  • C. A. Romero-Talamás, R. C. Elton, W. C. Young, R. Reid, and R. F. Ellis “Isorotation and differential rotation in a magnetic mirror with imposed E x B rotation” Phys. Plasmas 19, 072501 (2012).
  • Y. S. Dimant, G. S. Nusinovich, P. Sprangle, J. Penano, C. A. Romero-Talamás, and V. L Granatstein. “Propagation of gamma rays and production of free electrons in air” J. Appl. Phys. 112, 083303 (2012).
  • G. S. Nusinovich, P. Sprangle, C. A. Romero-Talamás, and V. L. Granatstein. “Range, resolution and power of THz systems for remote detection of concealed radioactive materials” J. Appl. Phys. 109, 083303 (2011).
  • C. A. Romero-Talamás, R.C. Elton, W.C. Young, R. Reid, R.F. Ellis, and A.B. Hassam. “Charge and mass considerations for plasma velocity measurements in rotating plasmas” J. Fusion Energ. 29, 543 (2010).
  • C. Teodorescu, W.C. Young, G.W. Swan, R.F. Ellis, A.B. Hassam, and C.A. Romero-Talamás. “Confinement of plasma along shaped open magnetic fields from the centrifugal force of supersonic plasma rotation” Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 085003 (2010).
  • B.I. Cohen, C.A. Romero-Talamás, D.D. Ryutov, E.B. Hooper, L.L. LoDestro, H.S. McLean, T.L. Stewart, and R.D. Wood. “The role of the n=1 column mode in spheromak formation”, Phys. Plasmas 16, 042501 (2009).
  • E.B. Hooper, C.A. Romero-Talamás, L.L. LoDestro, R.D. Wood, and H.S. McLean. “Aspect ratio effects in the driven, flux-core spheromak”, Phys. Plasmas 16, 052506 (2009).
  • C.A. Romero-Talamás, E.B. Hooper, R. Jayakumar, H.S. McLean, R.D. Wood, and J. M. Moller. “Measurements and phenomenological modeling of magnetic flux buildup in spheromak plasmas”, Phys. Plasmas 15, 042503 (2008).
  • B. Hudson, R. D. Wood, H. S. McLean, E. B. Hooper, D. N. Hill, J. Jayakumar, J. Moller, C. A. Romero-Talamás, T. A. Casper, J. A. Johnson III, L. L. LoDestro, E. Mezonlin, L. D. Pearlstein, “Energy confinement and magnetic field generation in the SSPX spheromak” Phys. Plasmas 15, 056112 (2008).
  • C.A. Romero-Talamás, H.S. McLean, E.B. Hooper, R.D. Wood, L.L. LoDestro, J.M. Moller. “The Search for Reconnection and Helicity During Formation of a Bounded Spheromak”, J. Fusion Energ 27, 104 (2008).
  • C.A. Romero-Talamás, E.B. Hooper, D.N. Hill, B.I. Cohen, H.S. McLean, R.D. Wood, J.M. Moller,  “Comparison between experimental measurements and numerical simulations of spheromak formation in SSPX”, J. Fusion Energ. 26, 169-172 (2007).
  • C.A. Romero-Talamás, C. Holcomb, P.M. Bellan, D.N. Hill, “Spheromak formation and sustainment studies at the sustained spheromak physics experiment using high-speed imaging and magnetic diagnostics”, Phys. Plasmas, 13, (2006).
  • C. A. Romero-Talamás, P. M. Bellan, and S. C, Hsu. “Multielement magnetic probe using commercial chip inductors” Rev. Sci. Instr. 75, 2664 (2004).