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 Awards, Honors and Fellowships

2015 Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award, Fusion Power Associates
2012 Finalist at ISSNAF Young Investigator Award
2012 Torkil Jensen Award
2011 DOE Early Career Award
2010 Marquis Who's who in Science & Engineering 2011-12
2007 Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Fellowship
2003 Otto-Hahn Medal of the Max-Planck Gesellschaft (MPG)
2002 Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, European Commission

Selected Publications

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 elds that align locked modes with stabilizing wave-driven currents", Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 175002 (2015)

M. Reich, , R. Bilato, U. Mszanowski, E. Poli, C. Rapson, J. Stober, F. Volpe, R. Zille, ASDEX Upgrade team, "Real-time beam tracing for control of the deposition location of electron cyclotron waves", Fusion Eng. Design 100, 73 (2015)

C. Caliri, D. Mascali, F.A. Volpe, "Methods of Ion Extraction from a Toroidal Electron Cyclotron Resonance Ion Source", Nucl. Instr. Meth. Phys. Res. A 790, 57 (2015)

D. Shiraki, C. Paz-Soldan, R.J. La Haye, N.C. Logan, K.E.J. Olofsson, E.J. Strait, R.M. Sweeney, F.A. Volpe, "Measurements of the toroidal torque balance of error- eld penetration locked modes", Plasma Phys. Controll. Fusion, 57, 025016 (2015)

A.W. Clark, M. Dumet, A. Fabre, K. Hammond, Y. Kornbluth, D. Spong, R. Sweeney, Y. Kornbluth, F.A. Volpe, "Proto-CIRCUS Tilted-Coil Tokamak-Torsatron Hybrid Design and Construction," Fusion Eng. Design 89, 2732 (2014)

K.E.J. Olofsson, J. Hanson, D. Shiraki, F.A. Volpe, D. Humphreys, R.J. La Haye, M. Lanctot, E.J. Strait, A. Welander, E. Kolemen, M. Okabayashi, "Array magnetics modal analysis for the DIII-D tokamak based on localised time-series modelling," Plasma Phys. Controll. Fusion 56, 095012 (2014)

D. Shiraki, R.J. La Haye, N. Logan, E.J. Strait and F.A. Volpe, "Error Field Detection in DIII-D by Magnetic Steering of Locked Modes,"
Nucl. Fusion, 54, 033006 (2014)

K. Nagasaki, S. Yamamoto, S. Kobayashi, F. Volpe et al., "Stabilization of energetic-ion-driven MHD modes by ECCD in Heliotron," J Nucl. Fusion, 53, 113041 (2013)

K. Hammond, W.J. Capecchi, S.Massidda, F.A. Volpe, "Metamaterial Lens of Speci able Frequency-Dependent Focus and Adjustable Aperture for Electron Cyclotron Emission in the DIII-D Tokamak", J. Infrared Millim. THz Waves, 34, 437 (2013)

F. Volpe, L. Frassinetti, P.R. Brunsell, J.R. Drake and K.E.J. Olofsson, "Error Field Assessment from Driven Rotation of Stable External Kinks at Extrap-T2R Reverse Field Pinch," Nucl. Fusion 53 043018 (2013)

F. Volpe, M.E. Austin, G. Campbell and T. Deterly, "Oblique electron-cyclotron-emission radial and phase detector of rotating magnetic islands applied to alignment and modulation of electron-cyclotron-current-drive for neoclassical tearing mode stabilization," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 83, 103507 (2012)

W.J. Capecchi, N. Behdad and F.A. Volpe, "Reverse Chromatic Aberration and its Numerical Optimization in Planar Metamaterial Lenses," Optics Express 20, 8761 (2012)

F. Volpe, J. Kessler, H. Ali, T.E. Evans and A. Punjabi, "Magnetic barriers and their q95 dependence at DIII-D," Nucl. Fusion 52 054017 (2012)

F. Volpe "A spinning mirror for fast angular scans of EBW emission for magnetic pitch profile measurements," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 81, 10D905 (2010)

F. Volpe "Analytical Solution of the O-X Mode Conversion Problem," Phys. Lett. A 374, 1737 (2010)

F. Volpe, M.E. Austin, R.J. La Haye, J. Lohr, R. Prater, E.J. Strait and A.S. Welander "Advanced techniques for neoclassical tearing mode control in DIII-D," Phys. Plasmas 16, 102502 (2009)

F. Volpe "Weakly relativistic dielectric tensor for arbitrary wavenumbers," Phys. Plasmas 14, 122105 (2007)

A. Mueck, L. Curchod, Y. Camenen, S. Coda, T.P. Goodman, H.P. Laqua, A. Pochelon, L. Porte, F. Volpe, TCV Team "Demonstration of Electron Bernstein Wave Heating in a Tokamak via O-X-B Double Mode Conversion," Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 175004 (2007)

F. Volpe "Sensitivity of ITER ECRH Upper Launcher to Steering Errors and Changes of Profiles and Integration with Equatorial Launcher," Journal of Phys.: Conf. Series 25, 283 (2005)

H.P. Laqua, H. Maassberg, N. Marushchenko, F. Volpe, A. Weller, W7-AS Team, W. Kasparek and ECRH Group "Electron-Bernstein-Wave Current Drive in an Overdense Plasma at the Wendelstein 7-AS Stellarator," Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 75003 (2003)

F. Volpe, H.P. Laqua and the W7-AS Team "BXO mode-converted electron Bernstein emission diagnostic (invited)," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 74, 1409 (2003)

Full publication list

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