Francesco A. Volpe

Associate Professor of Applied Physics

Applied Physics
204 S.W. Mudd
Mail Code: 4701
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 1-212-854-6528
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Research Specialty

Magnetically confined tokamak & stellarator plasmas, with emphasis on: (1) microwave heating, current drive & diagnostics & (2) magnetohydrodynamic instabilities & their control


Ph.D. 2003, Experimental Physics, University of Greifswald (Germany)
"Laurea" 1998, Physics, University of Pisa (Italy)

Selected Honors and 

  • 2015 Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award, Fusion Power Associates, Link 1, 2, 3
  • 2012 Visiting Assistant Professorship at Kyoto University
  • 2011 DOE Early Career Award
  • 2003 Otto-Hahn Medal of the Max-Planck Gesellschaft (MPG)

Selected Publications

F.A. Volpe, "Prospects for a dominantly microwave-diagnosed magnetically con ned fusion reactor", J. Instrum. 12, C01094 (2017)

F.A. Volpe, P-D. Letourneau, A. Zhao, "Huygens-Fresnel wavefront tracing", Comp. Phys. Comm. 212, 123 (2017)

M. Okabayashi, P. Zanca, E.J. Strait, A.M. Garofalo, ... , D. Shiraki, F.A. Volpe and The DIII-D and RFX-mod Teams, "Avoidance of Tearing Mode Locking and Disruption with Electro-Magnetic Torque Introduced by Feedback-Based Mode Rotation Control in DIII-D and RFX-mod", Nucl. Fusion 57, 016035 (2017)

R. Sweeney, W. Choi, R.J. La Haye, S. Mao, K.E.J. Olofsson, F.A. Volpe and the DIII-D Team, "Statistical analysis of m/n=2/1 locked and quasi-stationary modes with rotating precursors at DIII-D", Nucl. Fusion 57, 016019 (2017)

S.H.M. Mirhoseini, F.A. Volpe, "Resistive sensor and electromagnetic actuator for feedback control of liquid metal walls in fusion reactors", Plasma Phys. Controll. Fusion 58, 124005 (2016)

R. Sweeney, L. Frassinetti, P. Brunsell, R. Fridstrom, F.A. Volpe, "Local measurement of error field using naturally rotating tearing mode dynamics in EXTRAP T2R", Plasma Phys. Controll. Fusion, 58, 124001 (2016)

S.M.H. Mirhoseini, F.A. Volpe, "Space- and time-resolved resistive measurements of liquid metal wall thickness", Rev. Sci. Instrum. 87, 11D427 (2016)

O. Meneghini, F.A. Volpe, "Full-wave feasibility study of anti-Radar diagnostic of magnetic fi eld based on O-X mode conversion and oblique reflectometry imaging", Rev. Sci. Instrum. 87, 11E120 (2016)

K.C. Hammond, R. Diaz-Pacheco, Y. Kornbluth, F.A. Volpe, Y. Wei, "Onion-peeling inversion of stellarator images", Rev. Sci. Instrum. 87, 11E119 (2016)

K. Nagasaki, Y. Nakamura, S. Kamioka, H. Igami, F. Volpe et al., "Development of Electron Bernstein Emission Diagnostic for Heliotron J", Plasma Fusion Research 11, 2402095 (2016)

K.C. Hammond, A. Anichowski, P.W. Brenner, T.S. Pedersen, S. Raftopoulos, P. Traverso and F.A. Volpe, "Experimental and numerical study of error fields in the CNT stellarator", Plasma Phys. Controll. Fusion 58, 074002 (2016)

K.E.J. Olofsson, W. Choi, D.A. Humphreys, R.J. La Haye, D. Shiraki, R. Sweeney, F.A. Volpe, A.S. Welander, "Electromechanical modelling and design for phase control of locked modes in the DIII-D tokamak", Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 58, 045008 (2016)

F.A. Volpe, A. Hyatt, R.J. La Haye, J. Lohr, M.J. Lanctot, R. Prater, E.J. Strait, A. Welander, "Avoiding Tokamak disruptions by applying static magnetic fields that align locked modes with stabilizing wave-driven currents", Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 175002 (2015)

Full publication list

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