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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.

Interests

  • 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

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