Robert L. Merlino

University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy

Experimental plasma physics

Merlino teaching uiowa


Physics professor Robert Merlino, teaching

Recently Taught Courses

Spring 2020: Physics IV (PHYS:2704)

Fall 2019: Physics I (PHYS:1701)

Spring 2019: Physics II (PHYS:1702)

Fall 2018: Plasma Physics I (PHYS:4731)


q machine

Lab Facilities

  • Facilities include two lab rooms with three plasma chambers
  • Major equipment includes two Q-machines with magnetic field up to 0.5 T; each machine is dedicated to a single graduate student
  • Students develop skills including: vacuum, electronics, data acquisition, image analysis, instrument fabrication