Alex Creely is a PhD student in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering working at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center. He is interested in various aspects of magnetically confined fusion energy. Alex's thesis work focuses on detailed measurements of plasma turbulence and comparison to turbulent transport simulations, with the dual goals of better understanding turbulence and using these codes to predict the performance of future experiments. This research has taken him to various fusion experiments around the world, most recently to Munich, Germany and Nagoya, Japan. Before coming to MIT, Alex completed his Batchelor of Science and Engineering in Mechanical Engineering at Princeton University.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Expected 2019
Doctor of Philosophy Candidate in Nuclear Science and Engineering with a focus on Plasma Fusion
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 2014
Bachelor of Science and Engineering with Highest Honors (Summa Cum Laude) in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2012 – 2013
Oxford-Princeton Exchange in Engineering
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, 2016
MIT Charles A. Piper (1935) Presidential Fellow, 2014
Jeffrey O. Kephart ’80 Engineering Physics Award, 2014
Sau-Hai Lam Prize in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2014
Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence, 2012
Alpha Nu Sigma,Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi
MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center, 2014 – Present
Alcator C-Mod Core Transport Research Group
Investigated perturbative thermal transport on the Alcator C-Mod tokamak via heat pulses generated by the sawtooth instability. Constructed Correlation Electron Cyclotron Emission (CECE) diagnostics for C-Mod and ASDEX Upgrade. Validated gyrokinetic simulation codes for I-mode plasmas.
Princeton University Senior Thesis, 2013 – 2014
Thermal Desorption from Hydrogen-Carbon Co-Deposition Layers for Fusion Applications
Investigated the prospect of removing hydrogen isotopes from co-deposition layers of carbon via thermal desorption. Utilized a modified quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) setup with GaPO4 crystals. Confirmed qualitatively that such desorption is possible and merits further research.
General Atomics DIII-D, San Diego, California, Summer 2013
National Undergraduate Fellowship Intern
Analyzed data collected from the Beam Emission Spectroscopy diagnostic on the DIII-D magnetically confined fusion Tokamak. Used IDL code to study the evolution of turbulence and its effect on plasma containment near the edges of the containment field.
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Summer 2012
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Summer Intern
Conducted simulations to investigate the slowing of energetic particles in background plasma with different magnetic fields using the Large Scale Plasma (LSP) Particle in Cell (PIC) code. Utilized results to determine the differences in plasma heating in Tokamaks and in Field Reverse Configurations.
A. J. Creely, N. T. Howard, P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, N. Cao, A. E. Hubbard, J. W. Hughes, J. E. Rice, A. E. White,J. Candy, G. M. Staebler, G. D. Conway, S. J. Freethy, and C. Sung, Validation of nonlinear gyrokinetic simulations of L- and I-mode plasmas on Alcator C-Mod, Physics of Plasmas 24, 056104 (2017)
N. T. Howard, C. Holland, A. E. White, M. Greenwald, J. Candy, A. J. Creely, Multi-scale gyrokinetic simulations: Comparison with experiment and implications for predicting turbulence and transport, Physics of Plasmas 23, 056109, 2016.
A. J. Creely, A. E. White, E. M. Edlund, N. T. Howard, and A. E. Hubbard, Perturbative thermal diffusivity from partial sawtooth crashes in Alcator C-Mod, Nuclear Fusion 56, 036003, 2016.
N. T. Howard, C. Holland, A. E. White, M. Greenwald, J. Candy, and A. J. Creely, Multi-scale gyrokinetic simulations: Comparison with experiment and implications for predicting turbulence and transport, Physics of Plasmas 23, 056109, 2016.
A. E. White, N. T. Howard, A. J. Creely, M. A. Chilenski, M. Greenwald, A. E. Hubbard, J. W. Hughes, E. Marmar, J. E. Rice, J. M. Sierchio, C. Sung, J. R. Walk, D. G. Whyte, D. R. Mikkelsen, E. M. Edlund, C. Kung, C. Holland, J. Candy, C. C. Petty, M. L. Reinke, and C. Theiler, Nonlinear gyrokinetic simulations of the I-mode high confinement regime and comparisons with experiment, Physics of Plasmas 22, 056109, 2015.
A. J. Creely, A. E. White, G. Conway, S. Freethy, N. T. Howard, and A. E. Hubbard, Electron Temperature Fluctuations and Profile Stiffness in Alcator C-Mod L-mode and I-mode Plasmas, in the US Transport Task Force Workshop, 2016.
A. J. Creely, A. E. White, E. M. Edlund, N. T. Howard, A. E. Hubbard, F. Ryter, and S. Houshmandyar, Perturbative Thermal Transport Studies on Alcator C-Mod, in the 57th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, 2015.
A. J. Creely, E. M. Edlund, N. T. Howard, A. E. Hubbard, and A. E. White, Heat Pulse Thermal Diffusivity from Partial Sawtooth Crashes in Alcator C-Mod L-mode and I-mode Plasmas, in the US/EU Transport Task Force Workshop, 2015.
A. J. Creely, E. M. Edlund, N. T. Howard, A. E. Hubbard, and A. E. White, Heat Pulse Thermal Conductivity in Alcator C-Mod L-mode and I-mode Plasmas, in the 56th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, 2014.
A. J. Creely, G.R. McKee, Z. Yan, Development of the Dynamic Programming Technique to Analyze BES Fluctuation Data, in the 55th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, 2013.