Available UROP and Senior Thesis Topics
|UROP Students have an opportunity to work closely with scientists.
An important part of the Plasma Science and Fusion Center's Research
activities involves training students andresearchers to meet the physics
and engineering challenges ahead. Some of the topics available to undergraduates
through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and potential
Senior Thesis topics are outlined below. Those with an asterisk (*) are
available as UROP topics only.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION about the Plasma Science and Fusion Center,
and an introduction to UROP possibilities, contact Paul
Rivenberg, x3-8101, NW16-284.
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Contact: Jessica Coco , NW17-186, x3-5400.
ALCATOR C-MOD TOKAMAK PLASMA PHYSICS - Design, construction and implementation
of plasma diagnostics, fueling and heating systems, including spectroscopy,
laser scattering, particle detection, electrical probes, bolometry,
pellet injection and RF heating
- MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN & TESTING associated
with the operation of Alcator C-MOD
- Students are welcome to propose other topics related to toroidal
Contact: Dr. Paul Woskov, NW16-110,
Far infrared and millimeter wave diagnostics
Contact: Dr. Abhay Ram,
The Physics Research Division develops the basic experimental and theoretical understanding of plasma behavior in tokamaks such as Alcator C-Mod and other plasma devices. This research includes turbulent and collisional transport, fluid and kinetic stability, wave-particle interactions and methods of plasma heating.
Contact: Dr. Richard Petrasso, NW17-256, x3-8458
Contact: Dr. ChiKang Li, NW17-262, x3-0934
The High-Energy-Density Physics (HEDP) Group: Much of our group's research is directed towards achieving fusion ignition. In this context, we perform experiments on imploding fusion capsules in order to understand the dynamics of the implosion process. The student projects relate to either experimental or computational aspects of this work,
or to assisting in data collection and analysis. Students with skills in general laboratory work, C++ programming, particle detection, imaging, optics, mechanical design, machining, electronics, nuclear physics, plasma physics or astrophysics are encouraged to apply.
Contact: Dr. Michael Shapiro ,
Contact: Dr. Chiping Chen , NW16-258,
Both theoretical and experimental opportunities exist in the following
- Cyclotron Resonance Masers - High power gyrotrons for plasma heating,
amplifiers for millimeter wave radar, microwave propagation in waveguide
or by mirrors
- High-power Microwave Sources
- Acceleration - High gradient accelerating structures operating at
high frequency 7 Beam Physics - modeling of the generation, acceleration,
and propagation of intense charged-particle beams
- Intense Charged-Particle Beams - Theory and computer simulation of
high-intensity electron and heavy ion beams.
|Graduate students working on Alcator C-Mod.
Contact: Dr. J.V. Minervini,
- Acoustic Emission*
- Cryomechanics* and low temperature triboly
- Fiberoptics for monitoring of superconducting magnets
- Magnetic separation for water treatment and other applications
- Thermal-electrical-magnetic behavior of Superconducting Magnets
- High-temperature superconducting magnet technology
- Magnetic refrigeration and other cryogenic engineering topics
- Superconducting magnet development
- Superconductor stability and AC losses
- Materials development, testing & analysis for conductors and
magnet support structures (top)