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Ronald C Davidson

Professor of Astrophysical Sciences, Emeritus. Senior Astrophysicist

Ronald Davidson has made numerous fundamental theoretical contributions to pure and applied plasma physics, including nonlinear plasma dynamics and collective interactions; physics of non-neutral plasmas; kinetic equilibrium and stability properties; and intense charged particle beam propagation in high energy accelerators. Professor Davidson served as director of PPPL from 1991 to 1996 and as director of the MIT Plasma Fusion Center from 1978 to 1988, and is author or co-author of more than 500 journal articles and four graduate-level textbooks. He has chaired the American Physical Society’s Division of Plasma Physics and Division of Particle Beams, and has participated in numerous national and international advisory and review committees on plasma physics and fusion research.


  • Nonlinear collective processes
  • Ion- beam-driven high energy density physics
  • Particle beam dynamics

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