We aim to understand the phenomenology of plasma in the laboratory and in the cosmos. We use mathematical models and computer simulations to explain how plasmas move, interact with magnetic fields and boundaries, and evolve on various scales.
Working with collaborators in the U.S. and around the world, we advance fundamental physics concepts that guide experiments and project applications, such as the development of magnetic fusion energy.
This website offers information about our group members, research activities, and publications. We invite you to browse it and to contact us with any questions.
We're pleased that our recent Physical Review E publication on using machine learning to better understand turbulence density and viscosity was featured by UC San Diego News. This piece highlights the collaboration between our research group and the San Diego Supercomputer Center, which provides the immense processing power needed for these machine learning applications.
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A Unified Theory of Zonal Flow Shears and Density Corrugations in Drift Wave Turbulence
Rameswar Singh and P.H. Diamond
Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 63, 035015, 2021; doi:10.1088/1361-6587/abd618
Curvature of Radial Electric Field Aggravates Edge Magnetohydrodynamics Mode in Toroidally Confined Plasmas
Zhang, Y., Z.B. Guo and P.H. Diamond
Phys. Rev. Lett. 125(25), 255003, 2020; doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.125.255003
Understanding LOC/SOC Phenomenology in Tokamaks
Rice, J.E., J. Citrin, N.M. Cao, P.H. Diamond, M. Greenwald, and B.A. Gierson
Nucl. Fusion 60, 105011, 2020; doi:10.1088/1741-4326/abac4b
A Reduced Model for Edge Localized Mode Control by Supersonic Molecular Beam Injection and Pellet Injection
Rhee, T., J.-M. Kwon, and P.H. Diamond
Phys. Plasmas 27, 072503, 2020; doi:10.1063/5.0009583
We develop theory related to plasma and fusion science, including: