A Collaborative National Center for Fusion & Plasma Research

David A Gates

Principal Research Physicist, Stellerator Physics Lead, Advanced Projects Division, Science Focus Group Leader for Macroscopic Stability

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

U.S. Department of Energy
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory managed by Princeton University.

Website suggestions and feedback

Google+ · Pinterest · Instagram

PPPL is ISO-14001 certified

Princeton University Institutional Compliance Program

© 2016 Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. All rights reserved.

Princeton University
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
P.O. Box 451
Princeton, NJ 08543-0451
GPS: 100 Stellarator Road
Princeton, NJ, 08540
(609) 243-2000