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Institute for Fusion Studies

The Institute for Fusion Studies (IFS) is a national center for research in plasma physics and fusion energy science. Its primary mission is to contribute to the understanding of phenomena important to fusion and other plasma physics-related areas, by performing fundamental research of originality and rigor. Emphasis is placed on tackling scientific issues of long-range significance and exchanging knowledge with other academic fields.

The research being pursued in the theory group is diverse, including plasma turbulence, transport theory, kinetic theory, numerical simulations, plasma-boundary interaction, stability theory, and nonlinear plasma dynamics. Much of this work is interdisciplinary, involving such neighboring fields of research as fluid dynamics, geophysics, high energy density physics, nonlinear dynamics, statistical mechanics, accelerator physics, complexity theory, astrophysics, and space physics.

In addition to its research role, the IFS also serves as a center for information exchange about fusion plasma science, nationally and internationally, by arranging visits of scientists and students, joint collaborations, and conferences. It is the principal site for U. S.-Japan fusion theory collaboration activities. The IFS also has a strong educational role in teaching courses, writing textbooks, and training students and young scientists.

Presently, the IFS regular staff consists of 21 Ph.D. scientists, 3 postdoctoral research fellows, computational scientists, numerous graduate students, and administrative personnel. The IFS actively supports numerous research collaborations with laboratories and universities in the Unites States and other countries.

 

BENGTSON, ROGER D
Roger D Bengtson
Professor Emeritus
Experimental plasma physics; plasma spectroscopy
CHIU, CHARLES B
Charles B Chiu
Professor Emeritus
Distinguished Teaching Professor

Theoretical particle physics; structure of hadrons; phenomenology; laser-plasma physics; acoustic agglomeration
DITMIRE, TODD
Todd Ditmire
Professor
Intense Ultrafast Laser Interactions; AMO; experimentalist
512-471-3296
RLM 12.202
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DOWNER, MICHAEL W
Michael W Downer
Professor
Professorship in Physics #2 | Distinguished Teaching Professor

Femtosecond spectroscopy in condensed matter and plasmas; surface nonlinear optics; plasma-based particle accelerators
512-471-6054
RLM 10.320
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WAELBROECK, FRANCOIS No
Francois Waelbroeck
Research Professor, Director (Academic)
Magnetic reconnection; Magnetic islands; The effect of flows on MHD modes
512-471-5427
RLM 11.222
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