David Gates is a principal research physicist for the advanced projects division of PPPL, and the stellarator physics leader at the Laboratory. In the latter capacity he leads collaborative efforts with the Wendelstein 7-X and Large Helical Device stellarator projects in Germany and Japan, respectively. Gates is first author of more than a dozen research papers, including an April, 2012, paper that proposed a possible solution to a critical barrier to fusion as a source of energy for generating electricity.
- Collisional energy transport
- High-frequency Alfvén waves
- Fast-ion energy transfer
- Ideal and resistive magneto-hydrodynamic stability
- Neoclassical tearing modes and plasma diagnostics
- Plasma control