Power Exhaust in ITER
Short CVWith more than 30 years’ experience in the field of tokamak boundary plasma physics, Dr. Richard Pitts is currently Section Leader for Divertor and Plasma Boundary Physics in the ITER Organization’s (IO) Science Division.
He has worked either directly on or closely with teams on most of the world’s main tokamaks, authoring or co-authoring more than 400 papers in fusion journals and at major conferences across a wide range of boundary physics and plasma-wall interaction topics. Beginning with a Phd at the UKAEA Culham Fusion Laboratories, UK conducted on the DITE tokamak (also including collaborative work on the TEXTOR tokamak), followed by postdoctoral work on COMPASS and JET, Dr. Pitts moved in 1991 to the Swiss Plasma Institute in Lausanne as part of the team which built and operated the TCV tokamak. During a 16 year tenure at SPC, which included a multi-year period of regular secondments to JET (1999-2007) as both Deputy then Leader of the Exhaust Physics Task Force, he joined the IO in 2008. He holds an adjunct professorship at the Moscow National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI).