Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Paul A Keiter

Associate Research Scientist

Office: 1424D
Phone: 734-647-9860


1999        West Virginia University     Ph.D. in Plasma Physics                     

1996        West Virginia University     M.S. in Plasma Physics                       

1992        Boston University             B.A. in Astronomy and Physics                          

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

1999                 DOE Fusion Fellowship Award

Professional Service

Referee: Physics of Plasmas

Referee: Reviews of Scientific Instruments

Member of Women in Plasma Physics Committee 2011 -


J.M. Taccetti, P.A Keiter, N. Lanier, K. Mussack, K. Belle, G.R. Magelssen, ‘Measuring the propagation of a supersonic radiation front via spatially resolved spectral imaging of a tracer layer’, Rev. Sci. Instrum., 83, 023506 (2012).
P.A Keiter, J. Elliott, B. Blue, J. Cooley, J. Edwards, G.A. Kyrala, H. Robey, B. Spears and D.C. Wilson, ‘Measurement and Simulation of Jet Mass Caused by a High Aspect Ratio Perturbation’, Phys. Plasmas, 17, 062704 (2010).
S.H. Batha et al, ‘Inertial Confinement Fusion Research at Los Alamos National Laboratory’, URRENT TRENDS IN INTERNATIONAL FUSION RESEARCH: Proceedings of the 7th Symposium—Selected Presentations, 1154, 129 (2009).
P.A Keiter, A. Comely, J. Morton, H. Tierney, J. Workman and M. Taylor, ‘Conversion Efficiency of High-Z Backlighter Materials’, Rev Sci Instrum, 79, 10E918, (2008).
P.A Keiter, M. Gunderson, J. Foster, P. Rosen, A. Comely, M. Taylor and T. Perry, ‘Radiation Transport in Inhomogeneous Media’, Phys. Plasmas, 14, 034501 (2008).
P.A Keiter, S.C. Laffite, G.A. Kyrala, J. R. Fincke, J.H. Cooley and D.C. Wilson, ‘A planar-geometry platform for the experimental investigation of Be jets’, Phys. Plasmas, 15, 056901 (2007).
P.A. Rosen, J.M. Foster, M.J. Taylor, P.A. Keiter, C.C. Smith, J.R. Fincke, M. Gunderson and T.S. Perry, ‘Experiments to study radiation transport in clumpy media’, Astrophysics and Space Science, 307, 213 (2007).
P. A. Keiter and J. Workman, ‘High-energy point-projection radiography of a driven, shielded hohlraum’, Rev Sci Instrum. 77, 10E324 (2006).     
J. M. Foster, B. H. Wilde, P. A. Rosen, R. J. R. Williams, B. E. Blue, R. F. Coker, R. P. Drake, A. Frank, P. A. Keiter, A. M. Khokhlov, J. P. Knauer and T. S. Perry, ‘High energy-density laboratory astrophysics studies of jets and bow shocks’, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 20, L77 (2005).
D.A. Roberts, P. A. Keiter and M. L. Goldstein, ‘Origin and dynamics of the heliospheric streamer belt and current sheet’, J. Geophys. Res. 110, A06102 (2005).
P. A. Rosen, B. H. Wilde, R. J. R. Williams, J. M. Foster, P. A. Keiter, R. F. Coker, T. S. Perry, M. J. Taylor, R. P. Drake, G. R. Bennett, D. B. Sinars and R. B. Campell, ‘Recent experimental results and modeling of high-mach-number jets and the transition to turbulence’, Astrophysics and Space Science, 298, 121, (2005).
P. A. Keiter, G. A. Kyrala, R. G. Watt, G. C. Idzorek, R. R. Peterson, B. Wood, P. Adams, R. E. Chrien, D. Peterson and M. Wood-Schultz ‘Preliminary results from an astrophysically relevant radiation transfer experiment’, Astrophysics and Space Science, 298, 163, (2005).
G. A. Kyrala, S. H. Batha, J. B. Workman, J. R. Fincke, P. A. Keiter, J. A. Cobble, N. E. Lanier, T. E. Tierney IV and C. Christensen, ‘High Speed x-ray imaging in high-power laser experiments’, Proceedings of SPIE, 5580, 629, (2005).
P. A. Keiter and G. A. Kyrala, ‘Static characterization of aerogel targets for high energy density physics using x-ray radiography’, Rev Sci Instrum. 75, 4057, (2004).
J. Workman, J. R. Fincke, P. Keiter, G. A. Kyrala, T. Pierce, S. Sublett, J. P. Knauer, H. Robey, B. Blue, S. G. Glendinning and O. L. Landen, ‘Development of intense point x-ray sources for backlighting high energy density experiments’, Rev Sci Instrum. 75, 4057, (2004).
Taylor, Mark, John Foster, Paula Rosen, Robin Williams, B. H. Wilde, T. S. Perry, P. Keiter, R. Coker, R. P. Drake, and A. M. Khokhlov, 2004 "Transition to turbulence in plasma jet experiments," in Proceedings of the 2003 International Conference of Inertial Fusion Science and Applications, edited by B. A. Hammel, D. D. Meyerhofer, J. Meyher-ter-Vehn, and H. Azechi (American Nuclear Society, La Grange Park, IL), pp. 485–489.
G.A. Kyrala, M.M. Balkey, C.W. Barnes, S.H. Batha, C.R. Christensen, J.A. Cobble, J.R. Fincke, P.A. Keiter, N. Lanier, D. Paisley, M. Sorem, D. Swift, J. Workman, R.C. Cook, ‘Target fabrication: A view from the users’, Fusion Science and Technology, 45, 286 (2004).
H.F. Robey, Y. Zhou, A.C. Buckingham, P. Keiter, B.A. Remington, R.P. Drake, ‘The time scale for the transition to turbulence in a high Reynolds number, accelerated flow’, Phys. Plasmas, 10, 614 (2004).
J.L. Kline, M.M. Balkey, P.A. Keiter, E.E. Scime, A.M. Keesee, X. Sun, R. Hardin, C. Comptom, R.F. Boivin and M.W. Zintl, ‘Ion dynamics in helicon sources’, Phys. Plasmas, 10, 2127 (2003).
P. A. Keiter, R.P Drake, T.S. Perry, H. F.  Robey, B.A. Remington, C.A. Iglesias,  J. Knauer ‘Observation of a Hydrodynamically-Driven, Radiative-Precursor Shock’, PRL, 89, 165003, (2002).
R.P. Drake and P. A. Keiter, ‘Rayleigh Taylor Growth at Decelerating Interfaces’, Physics of Plasmas, 9, 382, (2002).
H.F. Robey, O.J. Kane, B.A. Remington, R.P.Drake, O.A. Hurricane, H. Louis, R.J. Wallace, J. Knauer, P. Keiter, D. Arnett, and D.D. Ryutov, ‘An Experimental Testbed for the Study of Hydrodynamic Issues in Supernovae’, Physics of Plasmas, 8, 2446, (2001).
R.P. Drake, J.J. Carroll III, T.B. Smith, P. Keiter, S.G. Glendinning, O. Hurricane, K. Eastabrook, D.D. Ryutov, B.A. Remington, R.J. Wallace, E. Michael, and R. McCray, ‘Laser Experiments to simulate supernova remnants’, Physics of Plasmas, 7, 2142, (2000).
E.E Scime, P.A. Keiter, S.P. Gary, M. M. Balkey, R. Boivin, J. L. Kline, and M. Blackburn, ‘Ion Temperature anisotropy limitation in high beta plasmas’, Physics  of Plasmas 7, 2157, (2000).
P. A. Keiter, E.E. Scime, M. M. Balkey, R. Boivin, J. L. Kline, and S.P. Gary, ‘Beta-dependent upper bound on ion temperature anisotropy in a laboratory plasma’, Physics of Plasmas, 7, 779 (2000).
J.L. Kline, E. E. Scime, P.A. Keiter, M. M. Balkey and R. F. Boivin, ‘Ion heating in the HELIX plasma source, Physics of Plasmas, 6, 4767, (1999).
E.E. Scime, P.A Keiter, M. W. Zintl, M. M. Balkey, J. L. Kline, and Mark. E. Koepke, ‘Control of ion temperature anisotropy in a helicon plasma’, Plasma Sources Sci. and Technol, 7, 191 (1998).
P.A. Keiter, E.E. Scime, M. M. Balkey, ‘Frequency dependent effects in helicon plasmas’, Physics of Plasmas, 4, 2741 (1997).
Earl Scime and Paul Keiter, ‘A mass resolving neutral atom imager’, Rev. Sci. Instrum, 68, 296, (1997).

Updated: 2014-09-17