Dr. Abdou Diaw (Currently at Los Alamos National Laboratory)

Abdourahmane_DiawAbdourahmane Diaw’s research interests focus on laser-produced plasmas, strongly coupled plasmas and astrophysical plasmas. His ongoing research topics include: magnetic fields in ultracold plasmas, dynamic density functional theory, linear and nonlinear propagation of waves in plasmas, hydrodynamics and kinetic effects in dense plasmas and molecular dynamics simulations. He received his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Patrick Mora, and was a postdoctoral researcher in plasma physics at the New Mexico Consortium with Prof. Murillo from 2014-2016.

Dr. Diaw is currently involved in modeling the properties of ultracold neutral plasmas (theoretically and using molecular dynamics), developing a dynamic density functional theory (DDFT) approach to modeling strongly coupled plasmas and developing transport theory for modeling late-stage stars.

More about me



  • PhD in Plasma Physics, École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France (2010-2013)

  • MS in Inertial Confinement Fusion, Université Bordeaux 1, France (2007–2009)

  • BS in Physics, Université Bordeaux 1, Bordeaux, France (2006–2007)


A Dynamic Density Functional Theory Approach to Diffusion in White Dwarfs and Neutron Star Envelopes
Astrophysical Journal 829, (2016)
A. Diaw and M. S. Murillo

A Generalized Hydrodynamics Model for Strongly Coupled Plasmas
Physical Review E 92, 013107 (2015)
A. Diaw and M. S. Murillo

A neutral strongly coupled laser-produced plasma by strong-field ionization in a gas jet
AIP Conf. Proc. 1 668, 040001 (2015)
S. D. Bergeson, M. Lyon, J. B. Peatross, N. Harrison, D. Crunkleton, J. Wilson, S. Rupper, A. Diaw and M. S. Murillo

Using higher ionization states to increase Coulomb coupling in an ultracold neutral plasma
Physical Review E 91, 033101 (2015)
M. Lyon, S. D. Bergeson, A. Diaw and M. S. Murillo

Expansion of a plasma into vacuum with a bi-Maxwellian electron distribution function
EPJ Web of Conferences 59, 17009 (2013)
A. Diaw and P. Mora

Thin-foil expansion into a vacuum with a two-temperature electron distribution function
Physical Review E 86, 026403 (2012)
A. Diaw and P. Mora

Rarefaction shock in plasma with a bi-Maxwellian electron distribution function
Physical Review E 84, 036402 (2011)
A. Diaw and P. Mora

Energy dispersion in radiation pressure accelerated ion beams
New Journal of Physics 13, 123003 (2011)
M. Grech, S. Skupin, A. Diaw, T. Schlegel and V. T. Tikhonchuk

Amplification of transition-Cherenkov terahertz radiation of femtosecond filament in air
Applied Physics Letters 93, 051108 (2008)
Y. Liu, A. Houard, B. Prade, A. Mysyrowicz, A. Diaw and V. T. Tikhonchuk