Frederick N. Skiff

Frederick N. Skiff
Professor and Departmental Chair
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1985
207 VAN
Office Phone: 
(319) 335-1689
504 VAN
Lab Phone: 
(319) 335-0564
(319) 335-0251
(319) 335-0252
Research Interests: 
Laser spectroscopy; plasma physics.
  • Experimental topics include experiments for plasma waves and instabilities, plasma self-organization and sheaths, and laser-induced fluorescence and wave-absorption diagnostics of plasmas
  • Student projects are typically experimental with a significant interaction with theory
  • Theoretical topics include plasma kinetic theory including waves and nonlinear fluctuations
  • There are two labs at Iowa, including: a 3-meter linear magnetized-plasma device and a large multi-dipole discharge.  Both are equipped with single-frequency scanning lasers for high-resolution laser spectroscopy.  Some students also participate in collaborations on the Large Plasma Device located at UCLA
  • Beyond interactions with group members, students participate in the plasma seminar and interact with Departmental theoretical and experimental plasma, space physics, and astronomy faculty
  • Students develop skills including data analysis, high-resolution laser spectroscopy, designing and building apparatus, electronics, computation
  • Previous assistants have found employment in academia, national laboratories, and in industry