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

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 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)

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, 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)

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)

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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