A headshot of Kai Germaschewski, associate professor with the EOS Space Science Center.

Kai Germaschewski

Phone: (603) 862-2912
Office: Space Science Center, Morse Hall Rm 245F, Durham, NH 03824

My main field of interest is computational plasma physics.

Courses Taught

  • IAM 751/851: High-Performance Computing
  • PHYS 407: General Physics I
  • PHYS 407S: General Physics I Studio
  • PHYS 408: General Physics II Recitation
  • PHYS 615: Mechanics/Mathematical Phys I
  • PHYS 999: Doctoral Research


  • Ph.D., Physics, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
  • Diploma, Physics, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Research Interests

  • Computational Physics
  • Magnetic Fusion Computation
  • Nuclear Fusion, Plasma Research
  • Plasma Physics

Selected Publications

  • McClung, J., Franciscovich, M. T., Germaschewski, K., & Ng, C. S. (2024). High-resolution particle-in-cell simulations of two-dimensional Bernstein–Greene–Kruskal modes. Physics of Plasmas, 31(4). doi:10.1063/5.0187853

  • Pongkitiwanichakul, P., Schaeffer, D. B., Fox, W., Ruffolo, D., Donaghy, J., & Germaschewski, K. (2024). Kinetic simulations comparing quasi-parallel and quasi-perpendicular piston-driven collisionless shock dynamics in magnetized laboratory plasmas. Physics of Plasmas, 31(1). doi:10.1063/5.0178884

  • Merlo, G., Dicorato, M., Allen, B., Dannert, T., Germaschewski, K., & Jenko, F. (2023). On the effect of negative triangularity on ion temperature gradient turbulence in tokamaks. Physics of Plasmas, 30(10). doi:10.1063/5.0167292

  • Payne, D. S., Farrugia, C. J., Torbert, R. B., Germaschewski, K., Rogers, A. R., & Argall, M. R. (2023). Erratum: “Origin and structure of electromagnetic generator regions at the edge of the electron diffusion region” [Phys. Plasmas 28, 112901 (2021)]. Physics of Plasmas, 30(3). doi:10.1063/5.0143908

  • Donaghy, J., & Germaschewski, K. (2023). In search of a data-driven symbolic multi-fluid ten-moment model closure. Journal of Plasma Physics, 89(1). doi:10.1017/s0022377823000119

  • Fiksel, G., Fox, W., Bhattacharjee, A., Barnak, D. H., Chang, P. -Y., Germaschewski, K., . . . Nilson, P. M. (2014). Magnetic Reconnection between Colliding Magnetized Laser-Produced Plasma Plumes. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 113(10). doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.105003

  • Fox, W., Fiksel, G., Bhattacharjee, A., Chang, P. -Y., Germaschewski, K., Hu, S. X., & Nilson, P. M. (2013). Filamentation Instability of Counterstreaming Laser-Driven Plasmas. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 111(22). doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.225002

  • Chandran, B. D. G., Li, B., Rogers, B. N., Quataert, E., & Germaschewski, K. (2010). PERPENDICULAR ION HEATING BY LOW-FREQUENCY ALFVEN-WAVE TURBULENCE IN THE SOLAR WIND. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, 720(1), 503-515. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/720/1/503

  • Zhu, P., Sovinec, C. R., Hegna, C. C., Bhattacharjee, A., & Germaschewski, K. (2007). Nonlinear ballooning instability in the near-Earth magnetotail: Growth, structure, and possible role in substorms. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS, 112(A6). doi:10.1029/2006JA011991

  • Grauer, R., Marliani, C., & Germaschewski, K. (1998). Adaptive mesh refinement for singular solutions of the incompressible Euler equations. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 80(19), 4177-4180. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.80.4177

  • Most Cited Publications