James Michael

  • Assistant Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering

Main Office

2096 Black Engr
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-0723


  • PhD, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineeering, Princeton University, 2012
  • MA, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineeering, Princeton University, 2009
  • BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland-College Park, 2007

Interest Areas

  • Optical and spectroscopic diagnostics of reacting, multiphase, and non-equilibrium flows
  • Plasma-assisted combustion
  • Combustion ignition and control

Selected Publications

  • B. Miles, J. B. Michael, C.M. Limbach, S. D. McGuire, T. L. Chng, M. R. Edwards, N. J. DeLuca, M. N. Shneider, and A. Dogariu, “New Diagnostic Methods for Laser-induced Plasmas and Microwave-Enhanced Combustion,” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 373 (2015). doi:10.1098/rsta.2014.0338
  • J.B. Michael, P. Venkateswaran, C.R. Shaddix, and T.R. Meyer, “Eff ects of repetitive pulsing on multi-kHz planar laser-induced incandescence imaging in laminar and turbulent flames,” Applied Optics, 54, 3331-3344 (2015). doi:10.1364/AO.54.00333.
  • J.B. Michael, P. Venkateswaran, M.N. Slipchenko, S. Roy, J.R. Gord, and T.R. Meyer, “100 kHz, thousand-frame duration burst-mode laser-based imaging in turbulent flames,” Optics Letters, 39, 739-742 (2014). doi:10.1364/OL.39.000739
  • J.D. Miller, J.B. Michael, M.N. Slipchenko, S. Roy, J.R. Gord, and T.R. Meyer, “Simultaneous high-speed planar imaging of mixture fraction and velocity using a burst-mode laser,” Applied Physics B, 113, 93-97 (2013). doi:10.1007/s00340-013-5665-1
  • J.B. Michael, T.L. Chng and R.B. Miles, “Ultra lean methane/air flames sustained by pulsed microwave energy deposition,” Combustion and Flame, 160, 796-807 (2013). doi:10.1016/j.combustflame.2012.12.006
  • S.B. Leonov, A.A. Firsov, M.A. Shurupov, J.B. Michael, M.N. Shneider and R.B. Miles, “Femtosecond laser guiding of high voltage discharges in air: examination of the dynamics of the dielectric strength restoration,” Physics of Plasmas, 19, 123502 (2012). doi:10.1063/1.4769261
  • J.B. Michael, M.R. Edwards, A. Dogariu and R.B. Miles, “Femtosecond laser electronic excitation tagging for quantitative velocimetry imaging in air,” Applied Optics 50, 5158 (2011). doi:10.1364/AO.50.005158 Dogariu, J.B. Michael, M.O. Scully and R.B. Miles, “High-gain backward lasing in air,” Science 331, 442 (2011). doi:10.1126/science.1199492
  • A.A. Tropina, J.B. Michael, M.N. Shneider, and R.B. Miles, “Ignition delay time and laminar flame velocity for a combined laser-microwave ignition,” IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 39, 3263 (2011). doi:10.1109/TPS.2011.2162857
  • J.B. Michael, A. Dogariu, M.N. Shneider and R.B. Miles, “Subcritical microwave coupling to femtosecond and picosecond laser ionization for localized, multipoint ignition of methane/air mixtures,” Journal of Applied Physics 108, 093308 (2010) also appearing in Journal of Ultrafast Science. doi:10.1063/1.3506401