The High Temperature Gasdynamics Lab


The High Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory (HTGL) is a teaching and research group within the Thermosciences Group of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University.

Our philosophy is to combine in our educational program aspects of atomic and molecular physics, lasers and electro-optics, physical chemistry and electromagnetic phenomena,

together with the traditional mechanical engineering disciplines of fluid mechanics, heat transfer and thermodynamics.

We are convinced that the interdisciplinary character of this program will be of major importance to the mechanical engineer of the future in adapting to new technologies,

and will greatly expand his/her professional options, whether he/she is involved in research, teaching, engineering applications or technical management.

Research Topics

plasma combustion materials lasers
Materials Synthesis
and Processing
Advanced Laser-
Based Diagnostics

Research Groups

cappelli edwards hanson mitchell wang zheng
Prof. Tom Bowman Prof. Mark Cappelli Prof. Chris Edwards Prof. Ron Hanson Prof. Reginald Mitchell Prof. Hai Wang Prof. Xiaolin Zheng

Graduate Admissions

Admissions for graduate study in the HTGL is handled by the Mechanical Engineering Admissions Office.

Qualified students are encouraged to contact individual faculty members of the HTGL whose research interests align with their own.


The offices of the HTGL are located in Building 520, near the center of the Stanford University campus. Laboratory facilities are across the street in Building 570.

The searchable campus map is recommended for visitors.

Our mailing address is:

High Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory

Building 520

Stanford, CA 94305-3032 USA.