Dr. Darren T. Garnier

Research Scientist

Columbia University
Department of Applied Physics

MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center
175 Albany Street, NW17-225
Cambridge, MA 02139

(617) 258-8997 (office)
(617) 812-8326 (fax)

dg276@columbia.edu, garnier@psfc.mit.edu


LDXStatement of Research Interests and Goals

Selected List of Publications

Currently, I work for Columbia University's Department of Applied Physics on LDX: The Levitated Dipole Experiment. As LDX is sited at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center, I'm back in Cambridge ("Our fair city."). Here is a brief statement of my research interests, but you can find out a lot more about LDX in particular by visiting the LDX website. Let me just say here that its pretty fun to work on. (Somedays, I wonder why they pay me for working on it... other days I'm sure I know why.)

Previously, I did post-doc work in basic and ionospheric plasma research at the UCLA Plasma Physics Laboratory and the UCLA-HIPAS Observatory in Fairbanks, Alaska. Before that, I was doing my graduate work at MIT's Alcator C-Mod Tokamak studying reverse shear discharges with lithium pellet injection.

I am also a co-founder of the Cambridge Physics Outlet, a provider of hands-on teaching materials and curricula for teaching science and math in middle and junior high schools. Although I'm not as involved as I used to be, I still like to poke my nose in the office every once and a while.


My wife, Suanne, my son, Noah, our dog, Max, and our two cats live in Melrose, MA. Noah was born 7/7/2001. What can I say, they're all cuties and I love them to bits.


Although when people ask me my profession I reply that I am a physicist, truly I think of myself first as a sailor. My wife, Suanne and I lived on a Gulfstar 44 in Charlestown, MA for 5 years before sailing in 1996 from Boston to Los Angeles via Bermuda, Grenada, Panama, Costa Rica, and Mexico. The background of this page shows the flags of most of the countries we visited along the way. Someday, I mean to get the log of this voyage converted over to an electronic copy. In the meantime, you should read my "Log of the Althea", a log from the 1992 delivery voyage of the Althea from Annapolis to Boston. In a previous voyage in my childhood with my parents, I also sailed from Los Angeles to Spain via Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Florida, Bermuda, the Azores and Portugal.

I'm also an avid yacht racer. Along with my family, I've twice crossed the Pacific Ocean. I can't wait to go again! I'm currently racing my J/35 "Great Scot" out of Marblehead, MA during the all-too-short summer sailing season. Distance racing resume includes:

Comments? garnier@psfc.mit.edu Last updated: Mon, Apr 8, 2002