Photonic Crystal
Figure 1: The accelerating electric field in the cross-section of a cavity in a photonic crystal made of sapphire rods; here, the first ring of rods has been moved inwards to the electric field minimum, thus increasing the Q factor and decreasing the possibility for breakdown.

The Plasma and Beam Physics Group of the University of Colorado conducts research in plasma and beam physics. We are also doing research in nonlinear dynamics and its application to plasma and beam physics, and we investigate the use of object oriented programming methods in the modeling of beams and plasmas. We are part of the Center for Integrated Plasma Studies, which has members in the Departments of Physics, Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, Applied Mathematics, and Electrical & Computer Engineering.