Marissa B. Adams

Graduate Student
Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Rochester, River Campus

  • Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)
  • Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)
  • University of Chicago, FLASH Center for Computational Science

(585) 402-5779
U. Rochester, B+L Room 371
.OR. Extreme Physics Lab, B+L 108
.OR. check the POA Library
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I am a graduate student of the entering year 2015 in the Gourdain Research Group. I am a repeat offender at the University of Rochester Department of Physics & Astronomy, where I also obtained my B.S. in Physics, and B.A. in Mathematics. I am also a Rochester native.

The real reason you're probably here...

About Me

My research interests include exploring the existence and potential impact of turbulence in magnetic fusion schemes, and magnetized supersonic turbulence's impact and scaling on transport quantities in general. In particular my focus is on programs that utilize the physics of a Z-pinch, such as magnetic liner inertial fusion (MagLIF).

After my bachelors program, I worked in Adam Frank's computational astrophysics research group from May 2014 - August 2015. There I developed skills and appreciation for compuational magnetohydrodynamics in the context of star formation using the adaptive mesh refinement code, AstroBEAR. You may find an archive of that work under my last two links the right, or check out the publication Molecular cloud formation in high-shear magnetized colliding flows in MNRAS V. 460, Issue 2 (2016).

Outside of work I enjoy doing crafts, Greek dance, learning new languages, and swimming.


Are you looking for Mastery/Self-Paced Physics Stuff?

During the Fall semesters of 2015 and 2016 I was Head TA for the Mastery-Self-Paced version of Introductory Electricity and Magnetism for engineers. I did a lot of course development during those semesters to streamline the position of Head TA and the course in general. You may find my materials for Head TAs and the course in this git-repo. If you've used the repo, please become a contributor!

Presentation slides, and some helpful notes:
  • E-mails to a Young Computationalist, a series of e-mails I've sent to under/graduates I've helped mentor on getting started. Just created this October (2018). [pdf]
  • Supersonic turbulence in the context of astrophysics, an example of how to conduct a literature review using citation networks, M. B. Adams. October 4, 2018, Astronomy and Astrophysics Journal Club, University of Rochester. [pdf]
  • The impact of adaptive mesh refinment on a simulated Z-pinch using FLASH, M. B. Adams, P. Tzeferacos, C. Jennings, P.-A. Gourdain, S. A. Slutz, K. Peterson. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science (ICOPS) in Denver, CO. [pdf]