Introduction to H-mode plasmas
Short CVRajesh Maingi is the Deputy Department Head of the ITER and Tokamaks department and the Head of Boundary Science on NSTX-U at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).
He received his Ph. D. in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1992, and performed postdoctoral research at DIII-D from 1992-1997.
He joined the research staff at ORNL in 1997, still at DIII-D, until moving to NSTX in 1999.
He rose to the rank of Distinguished R & D Staff at ORNL, and joined PPPL staff as a Principal Research Physicist in 2012.
He has served in several national committee leadership roles, including the 2018 FESAC Transformative Enabling Capabilities panel (Chair), the 2018 International Plasma-Surface Interactions Conference in Princeton, NJ (Chair), the 2015 Fusion Energy Sciences Community Workshop on Plasma-Materials Interaction (Chair), the 2010 DoE multi-machine Joint Research Target on thermal transport in the scrape-off layer (Chair), and the 2008-2009 ReNeW strategic planning exercise (Vice-chair of the Plasma-Materials Interface group).
He was elected a Distinguished Research Fellow at PPPL in 2014, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2009. He has conducted experiments on many of the world's fusion facilities, including Alcator C-Mod, ASDEX-Upgrade, DIII-D, EAST, KSTAR, MAST, NSTX, and TdeV, and is currently the lead Principal Investigator of a US-China collaboration on plasma-material interactions on the EAST device.
His research interests center about edge physics, including L-H transitions, H-mode pedestal and Edge Localized Mode research, scrape-off layer and divertor physics, plasma-material interactions, and liquid metal plasma-facing components.