Francesco A. Volpe

Associate Professor of Applied Physics

Applied Physics
Office: 204 S.W. Mudd
Mail: 200 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)

Recent Selected Publications

R. Sweeney, W. Choi, M. Austin, M. Brookman, V. Izzo, M. Knolker, R.J. La Haye, A. Leonard, E.J. Strait, F.A. Volpe and the DIII-D Team, "Relationship between locked modes and thermal quenches in DIII-D", Nucl. Fusion 58, 056022 (2018)
D.A. Gates, D. Anderson, S. Anderson, M. Zarnstor ff, F. Volpe and 44 coauthors
Stellarator Research Opportunities, A report of the National Stellarator Coordinating Committee, J. Fusion Energy 37, 51 (2018)

W. Choi, R.J. La Haye, M.J. Lanctot, K.E.J. Olofsson, E.J. Strait, R. Sweeney, F.A. Volpe and The DIII-D Team, "Feedforward and feedback control of locked mode phase and rotation in DIII-D with application to modulated ECCD experiments", Nucl. Fusion 58, 036022 (2018)

K.C. Hammond, R.R. Diaz-Pacheco, A. Koehn, F.A. Volpe, Y. Wei, "Overdense microwave plasma heating in the CNT stellarator", Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 60, 025022 (2018)

K.C. Hammond, R. Raman, F.A. Volpe, "Application of Townsend avalanche theory to tokamak startup by coaxial helicity injection", Nucl. Fusion, 58, 016013 (2018)

S.M.H. Mirhoseini, R.R. Diaz-Pacheco, F.A. Volpe, "Passive and active electromagnetic stabilization of free-surface liquid metal fows", Magnetohydrodyn. 53, 45 (2017)

F.A. Volpe, "Prospects for a dominantly microwave-diagnosed magnetically con fined 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)

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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