The Plasma Physics Colloquium meets on select Fridays, during the academic year


Most seminars will take place online, unless otherwise noted. A Zoom link will be distributed by email a few days before the event. You may also request the Zoom link for a seminar by sending an email to [email protected]. At this time, only Columbia University ID-holders and approved guests are invited to in-person talks. All others are invited to attend remotely.

Friday, September 17, 2021
10:30 AM ET (virtual)
Elizabeth Paul, Princeton University
"Adjoint methods for stellarator shape optimization"

Friday, December 10, 2021
10:30 AM ET (virtual)
Thomas Sunn Pedersen, Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics
"Highlights and updates from Wendelstein 7-X"

Friday, December 17, 2021
3:00 PM ET (virtual)
Nicholas Eidietis, General Atomics
"Prospects for Disruption Handling in a Commercial Tokamak Fusion Reactor"

Friday, January 28, 2022
3:00 PM ET (virtual)
Robert Wilcox, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
"Poking the Pedestal: Progress and Potential of Pellet ELM Pacing"

Friday, February 11, 2022
3:00 PM ET (virtual)
Chris Hansen, University of Washington
"Developing a hierarchy of predictive modeling tools for plasma dynamics with application to the understanding, design and control of magnetized plasmas"

Friday, February 18, 2022
3:00 PM ET (virtual)
Steven Sabbagh, Columbia Engineering
"Tokamak Disruption Event Characterization and Forecasting (DECAF) and Progress on Real-Time Implementation"
Presentation slides

Friday, February 25, 2022
3:00 PM ET (virtual)
Brendan Lyons, General Atomics
"Predicting Stability and Performance of Tokamak Plasmas Using Flexible, Integrated Modeling"

Friday, March 4, 2022
3:00 PM ET, 214 Mudd (hybrid seminar)
Alexander Creely, Commonwealth Fusion Systems
"SPARC, ARC, and the Path to Commercial Fusion Power"

Friday, March 11, 2022
3:00 PM ET, 214 Mudd (hybrid seminar)
David Gates, PPPL
"Recent Advances in Stellarator Optimization looking forward to Fusion Pilot Plant Designs"

Friday, April 1, 2022
3:00 PM ET (virtual)
Cami Collins, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
"Controlling and Predicting Fast-Ion Transport in a Steady-State Tokamak Scenario" 

Friday, April 8, 2022
3:00 PM ET, 214 Mudd (hybrid seminar)
Nikolas Logan, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
"How to best break the symmetry of tokamaks"

Friday, April 15, 2022
3:00 PM ET, 214 Mudd (hybrid seminar)
Rajesh Maingi & Andrei Khodak, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
"Liquid metal plasma facing components for fusion devices"

Friday, April 22, 2022
3:00 PM, (virtual)
Brian Grierson, General Atomics
“Advances in Measuring and Understanding Plasma Rotation in the DIII-D Tokamak”

Friday, April 29, 2022
10:30 AM ET (virtual)
Christian Theiler, Swiss Plasma Center
"Alternative divertors for improved tokamak operation"

Thursday, June 2, 2022
11:00 AM ET, 214 Mudd (hybrid)
Carles Corbella, George Washington University
Synthesis of Nanomaterials by Atmospheric Arc Plasmas   


Fall 2020 seminars will take place via Zoom

Coordinators: Michael Mauel & Gerald Navratil


10/4/19: Thomas Pedersen, Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics
“Recent Results from the Stellarator Wendelstein 7-X”

10/10/19: Carlos Paz-Soldan, General Atomics
“The Measurement and Control of Relativistic Electrons in Tokamaks”

11/1/19: Egemen Kolemen, Princeton University
“Engineering Solutions for Fusion Energy: Control and Liquid Metals”

11/8/19: Kenneth Hammond, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
“Drift effects on W7-X edge heat and particle fluxes”

11/14/19: Seth Dorfman, UCLA
“Nature's Keys: Using Basic Plasma Physics to Unlock our World”

12/5/19: Carey Forest, UW-Madison University of Wisconsin, Madison
“Shocks, Winds and Reconnection in the Big Red Ball”

8/26/19: Prabhakar Srivastav, Institute for Plasma Research
"Study of Plasma Transport due to Electron Temperature Gradient Induced Turbulence in Large Volume Plasma Device"

10/4/19: Thomas Pederson, Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics
"Recent results from the stellarator Wendelstein 7-X"

12/4/19: Carey Forest, University of Wisconsin, Madison
"Shocks, Winds and Reconnection in the Big Red Ball”

2/28/20: Stuart Hudson, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab
"Can Constructing “Chaotic coordinates” Help to Understand Transport in Non-Integrable Dynamical Systems?"


10/30/18: Rod Boswel, Australian National University
“Plasma Based Small Propulsion Systems for Cubesats”

11/16/18: Tanim Islam, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
“Charge Exchange in High Altitude Nuclear Explosions”

12/14/2018: Matthias Werl, Columbia University
“Interpretation of synergy in CNT plasma start-up by combined use of a plasma gun and microwaves”

1/25/18: Peiro Martin, University of Padova and Consorzio RFX
“The New Divertor Tokamak Test Facility Project”

3/1/19: Snezhana Abarzhi, The University of Western Australia
“High energy density plasmas, fluid instabilities and interfacial mixing”

4/18/19: Yitzhak Maron, Weizmann Institute of Science
“Experimental determination of the ion temperature in High-Energy-Density plasmas”

4/19/19: Jonathan Menard, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
“NSTX-U Recovery and Ideas for Next-Step Low-A Tokamaks”

4/26/19: Igor Kaganovich, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
“Fundamental Study of Synthesis of Carbon and Boron Nitride Nanostructures in Atmospheric Pressure Arc Discharges”

8/26/19: Prabhakar Srivastav, Institute for Plasma Research
“Study of Plasma Transport due to Electron Temperature Gradient Induced Turbulence in Large Volume Plasma Device”


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