Kevin B. Quest
Office: 2404 Engineering Building Unit 1
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0407
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0407
Phone: (858) 534-4676
Fax: (858) 534-2486
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 1981
Dr. Quest joined the laser fusion group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory
as a staff member after completing his Ph.D. In 1988 he became an Associate
Professor in the ECE department at UC San Diego. He is an authority on the
subjects of collisionless shock structure, magnetic reconnection, and plasma
waves and instabilities.
Theoretical space plasma physics and numerical methods, the development and
use of large scale numerical simulation codes that assist in
the study of the complex nonlinear behavior of space plasmas.
Honors and Distinctions
Fellow, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Awarded AGU's James B. Macelwane Medal, 1988
Shapiro, V. D., K. B. Quest, M. Okolicsanyi, "Non-resonant firehose
instability: Consequences for the theory of cosmic ray acceleration,"
Geophysical Research Letters, Vol 25, pp 845-848, 1998.
Brittnacher, M.; K. B. Quest, H. Karimabadi, "A study of the effect
of pitch angle and spatial diffusion on tearing instability using
a new finite element based linear code ," Journal of Geophysical
Research-Space Physics, Vol. 103, pp. 4587-4596, 1998.
Quest, K. B., V. D. Shapiro, K. Szego, Z. Dobe, "Microphysics of the
Venusian and Martian mantles," Geophysical Research Letters,
Vol. 24, pp. 301-304, 1997.
Quest K. B., V. D. and V. D. Shapiro, "Evolution of the Fire-Hose
Instability - Linear Theory and Wave-Wave Coupling," Journal of
Geophysical Research-Space Physics, Vol. 101, pp. 24457-24469,
Last Updated: 5/3/97