- Research Program Mentor
PhD candidate at Stanford University
propulsion systems, plasmas, space environments (e.g., meteoroids), fluid dynamics
BioMy name is Raymond Lau and I am a PhD candidate at Stanford University studying Aeronautics & Astronautics. I am interested in studying space, particularly propulsion systems for spacecraft and different phenomena in the space environment, such as solar winds. I work on creating simulations to study these effects, such as simulating plasma on a satellite and analyzing the radiation that is formed. In my free time I really like cooking, playing the guitar, and swimming. I love cooking different East Asian cuisines, particularly Vietnamese and southern Chinese food. I also enjoy watching TV with my friends; currently, I am binging 30 Rock!
Interactive Shockwave Calculator
When an aircraft is moving at supersonic speeds (i.e., moving faster than the speed of sound), a shockwave forms in front of the aircraft, producing a sonic boom. This shockwave causes a lot of heating, a rise in pressure, and energy to be lost. Because of this, it is important to know how the temperature and pressure rise. This project would be to create a simple, interactive calculator to see how much the pressure and temperature change depending on the speed of your aircraft, and also depending on which atmosphere you are flying in, such as Earth, Mars, or more.