James L. Terry

Principal Research Scientist





The Johns Hopkins University Ph.D., Physics (1978)
The Johns Hopkins University M.S., Physics (1975)
Denison University B.S.,  Physics with Honors (1973)


Dr. Terry's primary research interest has been the diagnosis of magnetically confined plasmas with the goal of scientific understanding and optimization of plasma confinement, heating, and control. This has involved study of plasmas with temperatures ranging from 0.5 eV to 30 keV and densities ranging from 0.001-3x1021 m-3. Generally, the diagnostic techniques he has employed have involved optical diagnostics, plasma spectroscopy (from the soft x-ray region to the infrared) and various particle tracers.


Improved confinement in high-density H-modes via modification of the plasma boundary with Lower Hybrid RF, Terry, J.L.; ….et al., to be published in Phys. of Plasmas (2015)

Inboard and outboard radial electric field wells in the H- and I-mode pedestal of Alcator C-Mod and poloidal variations of impurity temperature, Theiler, C.; Churchill, R. M.; Lipschultz, B.; … Terry, J.L.; ….et al., Nuclear Fusion, 54 2014

Zonal flow production in the L-H transition in Alcator C-Mod, Cziegler, I.; Tynan, G. R.; Diamond, P. H.; … Terry, J.L., Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 56, p 075013 August 2014

New insights on boundary plasma turbulence and the quasi-coherent mode in Alcator C-Mod using a Mirror Langmuir Probe, LaBombard, B.; Golfinopoulos, T.; Brunner, D.; … Terry, J.L., …et al., Physics of Plasmas, Volume: 21 Issue: 5 p. 056108 May 2014

Edge-localized mode avoidance and pedestal structure in I-mode plasmas, Walk, J. R.; Hughes, J. W.; Hubbard, A. E.; … Terry, J.L., …et al., Physics of Plasmas Volume: 21 p. 056103 May 2014

Observation of Edge Instability Limiting the Pedestal Growth in Tokamak Plasmas, Diallo, A.; Hughes, J. W.; Greenwald, M.; … Terry, J.L., …et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. Volume: 112 p. 115001 March 2014

Experimental investigation of the parallel structure of fluctuations in the scrape-off layer of Alcator C-Mod Grulke, O.; Terry, J.L.; Cziegler, I.; LaBombard, B.; Garcia, O.E. Source: Nuclear Fusion,  v 54, n 4, p 043012 (12 pp.),  April 2014