From the Director

The Plasma Science and Technology Institute (PSTI) at UCLA represents the largest university-based research effort in the world related to the forth state of matter known as plasma. It is an Organized Research Unit involving 36 faculty and about 150 researchers, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students from a variety of departments.

The topics covered within the PSTI include fusion energy, space and astrophysical plasmas, advanced accelerators and radiation sources, plasma-materials interactions, and space propulsion. Unparalleled in its combination of breadth and depth, the PSTI offers unique opportunities in research and education.

- Troy Carter, Director, PSTI

Educational opportunities at PSTI

A unique strength of the plasma education available at UCLA is its breadth. All the major areas of contemporary interest related to plasma science and technology are represented in the programs of the faculty and research staff.

Graduate students in the UCLA plasma programs are exposed to a wide range of research opportunities available in several departments and have access to world-class laboratories and computational facilities. In recent years graduates from the UCLA plasma programs have received numerous job offers in industry, national laboratories, and academia. Some have chosen to remain as professional researchers at UCLA. 

Read more about PSTI education here.