Rajesh Maingi

Head of Tokamak Experimental Science

Rajesh Maingi is Head of the Tokamak Experimental Science Department at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), and the lead investigator on a domestic liquid metal plasma-facing component development program. He has published research on the boundary plasma in many fusion devices, including Alcator C-Mod (Boston), ASDEX-Upgrade (Germany), DIII-D (San Diego), EAST (China), KSTAR (S. Korea), MAST (England), NSTX (Princeton), and TdeV (Canada), in 35 first author journal articles and more than 900 total publications. He was elected a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society in 2019, a Distinguished Research Fellow at PPPL in 2014, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2009. In 2018 he received the Princeton University/PPPL Kaul Foundation Prize for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research and Technology Development. He received his Ph. D. in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1992. Following postdoctoral fellowships at the DIII-D device, he served on the research staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1997-2012, and joined PPPL as a Principal Research Physicist in 2012.

Selected Publications