The Fusion and Astrophysical Plasma Physics Group within the Physics Department and the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences at the University of California, San Diego is led by Professor Patrick H. Diamond, Distinguished Professor of Physics, and consists of two research scientists-- Mikhail Malkov, Fred Hinton, one Postdoctoral Scholar and two graduate student researchers-- and is managed by an administrative assistant.

Latest Publications

Understanding and Predicting Profile Structure and Parametric Scaling of Intrinsic Rotation
W.X. Wang, B.A. Grierson, S. Ethier, J. Chen, E. Startsev, and P.H. Diamond
Physics of Plasmas 24, 092501, 2017; doi:10.1063/1.4997789

On the ρ* Scaling of Intrinsic Rotation in C-Mod Plasmas with Edge Transport Barriers
J.E. Rice, J.W. Hughes, P.H. Diamond, N.M. Cao, M. Chilenski, A.E. Hubbard, J.H. Irby, et al.
Nuclear Fusion 57, 116004, 2017; doi:10.1088/1741-4326/aa7b44

Mesoscale Electric Fluctuations Interacting with Zonal Flows, Magnetic Fluctuations and Turbulence
K.J. Zhao, Y. Nagashima, P.H. Diamond, J.Q. Dong, K. Itoh, S.-I. Itoh, L.W. Yan, et al.
Nuclear Fusion 57, 076036, 2017; doi:10.1088/1741-4326/aa6f35

Modelling Enhanced Confinement in Drift-wave Turbulence
R.J. Hajjar and P.H. Diamond
Physics of Plasmas 24, 062106, 2017; doi:10.1063/1.4985323

Role of Phase Space Structures in Collisionless Drift Wave Turbulence and Impact on Transport Modeling
Y. Kosuga, S. -I. Itoh, P.H. Diamond, K. Itoh, and M. Lesur
Nuclear Fusion 57, 072006, 2017; doi:10.1088/1741-4326/57/7/072006

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We are working primarily on the theory of fusion plasma including:

  • Nonlinear dynamics of plasmas and fluids
  • Anomalous transport
  • Self-organized criticality in confined plasma
  • L-H transition, transport barrier physics
  • Dynamo theory
  • Nonlinear waves in space plasma



Our work is primarily funded by the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Grant No. DE-FG02-04ER54738.



To the memory of Professor Marshall N. Rosenbluth - an American plasma physicist and member of the National Academy of Sciences - who passed away on September 23, 2003.