I am currently a Research Scientist at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center working on the development of a divertor for the compact high-field, high power density SPARC tokamak. Feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more about SPARC and/or if you would like to learn more on how you can become a part of the project!
As part of my graduate studies I was fortunate to be a part of the amazing team that conducted experiments on the Alcator C-Mod tokamak! As part of the Alcator C-Mod team, I built and maintained the suite of Langmuir probe and thermocouple based diagnostics that helped make Alcator C-Mod a world class boundary experiment facility. I have assisted and conducted my own experiments at Alcator C-Mod, and it is with great pride that I can say that I was part of the experimental team that set the new world plasma pressure record of 2.01 atm on the last day of operations, September 30th 2016!
As part of my Postdoctoral experience I was first author of one of seven papers that documented the SPARC Physics Basis. I have also been extensively involved in the design of the SPARC device and facility. I have led the conceptualization, design, and execution of experiments exposing tungsten samples to heat fluxes in excess of ~500 MW/m2 and studying the response. I was also part of the operations team for the first ever large bore high field HTS superconducting magnet.
My current interest include: Tokamak heat exhaust management, Divertor Physics, Scrape-off layer transport, Fusion Engineering, plant integration and design, Langmuir probes and plasma diagnostics.
I have previously worked on: Analysing the base isolation system of the Christchurch Women's Hospital, and neutrino detection at the IceCube Antartic facility.