Robert L. Merlino

Robert L. Merlino
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1980
405 VAN
Office Phone: 
(319) 335-1756
B01, B04 VAN
Lab Phone: 
(319) 335-1834
Research Interests: 
Experimental plasma physics.
  • Basic plasma physics problems, including laboratory simulations of space plasma phenomena, dusty plasmas
  • 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
  • Employment opportunities include industry, government labs and universities