Sally K. Ride
Department of Physics
University of California, San Diego
Ph.D. Stanford, 1978

Research Interests
My research interests center on the theory of nonlinear beam-wave interactions,
primarily connected with free electron lasers and related nonlinear systems. I have
published work on the single particle description of conventional free electron lasers,
and analysis of novel lasers (e.g., FELs in axial magnetic fields, and laser processes
which may occur naturally). I am also interested in scattering of intense lasers off
beams and plasmas, and more recently, in certain areas of space plasma physics,
including nonlinear effects associated with Whistler propagation in the magnetosphere.

I also direct research at the California Space Institute, a University of California
research unit based at UCSD. CalSpace conducts and supports space research,
both pure and applied, with special emphasis on the opportunities created by space science and technology in the applied field (e.g., remote sensing, climate, and global change).

Selected Publications
Wave activity near Pluto. With Shevchenko, V.I.; Baine, M. Geophysical Research Letters, 1 Jan. 1997, vol.24, (no.1):101-4.

Thomson scattering of intense lasers from electron beams at arbitrary interaction angles. With Esarey, E.; Baine, M. Physical Review E (Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics), Nov. 1995, vol.52, (no.5, pt.B):5425-42.

Nonlinear effects involving whistler wave propagation in the magnetosphere. With Shapiro, V.D. Journal of Geophysical Research, 1 Sept. 1994, vol.99, (no.A9):17237-47.

Reducing slip in a far-infrared free-electron laser using a parallel-plane waveguide. With Pantell,R. H.; Feinstein,J. Applied Physics Letters 1990 Sept. 24, V57 N13:1283-1285.

Dispelling myths about verification of sea-launched cruise missles. With Lewis,G.N.; Townsend,J.S. Science, 1989 Nov.10, V246 N4931:765-770.
University of California, San Diego

UCSD Department of Physics

California Space Institute

UCSD Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences