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Hans R. Griem

Griem, Hans R.

Research Interests: 

Professor Griem's experimental and theoretical research focuses on radiation from highly ionized atoms in high temperature plasmas.  Applications include radiation losses from magnetically confined plasmas, radiative energy transport in inertially confined plasmas, and the search for short wavelength lasers.  He is also conducting research on electron-ion inelastic collision processes and spectral line broadening (and shifts) in dense plasmas.


Professor Griem received his Ph.D. from the Universität of Kiel, Germany, in 1954 and has received an honorary Ph.D. from Ruhr University in 1990.  He joined the faculty of the University of Maryland in 1957.

Selected Publications: 

Professor Griem has authored or co-authored over 250 articles in journals and proceedings.


Principals of Plasma Spectrocopy (Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom, 1997).
Spectral Line Broadening by Plasmas  (Academic Press, Inc., New York, 1974).
Plasma Spectroscopy (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1964).

Book Chapters

High Temperature Shock Waves, with A. C. Kolb, in Atomic and Molecular Processes, edited by D. R. Bates (Academic Press, New York, 1962), Chap. 5.
Optical Radiation, in Plasma-Physics in Theory and Application, edited by W. Kunke (McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1966), Chap. 9.
Stark Broadening, in Advances in Atomic and Molecular Processes, edited by D. R. Bates and  R. Bederson (Academic Press, New York, 1975),  Vol. II, Chap. 6.
Radiation Processes in Plasmas, in Handbook of Plasma Physics (North-Holland, 1983), Chap. 1.3.
Plasma Spektrometrie, Kohlrausch, in Praktische Physik (Teubner, 1996), Chap. 5.3.5.

Books Edited

Methods of Experimental Physics, with R. H. Lovberg, L. Marton, Editor-in-Chief (Academic Press, New York, 1970 and 1971), Vol. 9, Parts A and B.

Honors and Awards: 

Professor Griem's honors include:   Fellow of the American Physical Society (Division of Plasma Physics), Fulbright Fellowship (1954-1955), National Capital Award in Applied Sciences (1963), NSF Senior Post-Doctoral Fellowship (1963), Guggenheim Fellowship (1968), ESRO  Fellowship (1971), Senior U.S. Scientist Humboldt Award (1978), Fulbright Senior Lecturer Award (1987), Dr. rer. nat. h.c., Ruhr Universität (1990), James Clerk Maxwell Prize of the American Physical Society (1991), as well being listed in several  Marquis' "Who is Who," including "Who's Who in the World."