Graduate Students

Kendra Bergstedt
2018
Advisor: H. Ji
Vice President of Princeton Women+ in Plasma Physics

Kendra grew up in Roseville, Minnesota and got their undergraduate degrees in Physics and Math at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. While there, they became interested in computational physics and space plasma physics. Their time as a student of space physicists Prof. Cindy Cattell and Prof. Lindsay Glesener taught them how impactful…

Andrew Brown
2022
Advisor: A. Bhattacharjee

Current Project: reduced models for quasisymmetry

Nirbhav Chopra
2018
Advisor: Y. Raitses

Nirbhav Singh Chopra entered the Princeton Program in Plasma Physics in 2018 after receiving undergraduate degrees in Engineering Physics and Mathematics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

Nirbhav works with Dr. Yevgeny Raitses in the Laboratory for Plasma Nanosynthesis and on the …

Xu Chu
2021
Advisor: M. Zarnstorff

Current Project: electron beam mapping of magnetic fields on MUSE

Liam David
2022
Advisor: S. Cohen

Current Project: Stabilizing rotational modes in a field-reversed configuration

Emma Devin
2022
Advisor: Y. Raitses

Current Project: Fundamental physics of strongly emitting sheaths in low temperature plasmas

Hiro Josep Farre Kaga
2023
Advisor: E. Kolemen

Current Project: Accessing stable high performance regimes on the DIII-D tokamak using machine learning prediction and control.

Harry Fetsch
2020
Advisor: N. Fisch

Current Project: Temperature separation in high energy density plasma.

Harry graduated from Harvey Mudd College (HMC) in 2020 with a degree in physics. On the side, he dabbled in "pretengineering" and various campus activities. He tutored for physics courses in the HMC core sequence, organized outreach events for…

Thomas Foster
2021
Advisor: F. Parra Diaz and M. Kunz

Current Project: Energetic particles and rational surfaces in stellarators.

Frank Fu
2020
Advisors: A. Bhattacharjee

Current Project: Fast stellarator coil design methods and coil complexity proxy.

Jesse Griff-McMahon
2020
Advisor: W. Fox

Current Project: Magnetic Reconnection in Laser-produced Plasmas.

Eamon Hartigan-O'Connor
2023
Advisor: A. Reiman

Current Project: RF condensation

Ben Israeli
2017
Advisor: A. Bhattacharjee

Current Project: resonant instabilities in dusty plasmas

Brian Jensen
2021
Advisor: D. Graves

Current Project: Kinetic sheath models for chemically complex processing plasmas.

Suying Jin
2018
Advisor: I. Dodin

Suying Jin (김소영) joined the Princeton Program in Plasma Physics in 2018, after graduating from UCLA.

Courtney Johnson
2021
Advisor: N. Pablant

Current Project: investigation of parallel plasma flow in the W7-X stellarator using XICS diagnostic measurements

Grant Johnson
2020
Advisor: A. Hakim

Current Project: Particle-Push Feedback and Integration in a Discontinuous Galerkin Vlasov-Maxwell Code

Sierra Jubin
2017
Advisor: I. Kaganovich
Secretary and Treasurer of Princeton Women+ in Plasma Physics

Sierra Jubin grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado, and received her undergraduate degree in physics from Williams College in 2017. She joined the Princeton Plasma Physics Program in the fall of that year, and her main research interests lie in the field of low temperature plasma physics.

Sierra spent her first year in the program…

Euichan Jung
2022
Advisor: F. Parra Diaz

Current Project: Neoclassical transport in open field lines in tokamaks.

Euichan (의찬) was born and grew up in South Korea. He graduated from Seoul National University with both his undergraduate and master’s degrees, majoring in nuclear engineering. He studied MHD instabilities in a university-scale tokamak called…

Patrick Kim
2023
Advisor: N. Mandell

Current Project: transport modeling & optimization of stellarators and tokamaks

Huws Landsberger
2020
Advisor: W. Fox

Current Project: Particle-in-Cell (PIC) Simulations of High-Energy-Density Plasmas.

Brandon Lee
2023
Advisor: N. Pablant

Current Project: direct optimization of neoclassical ion transport in stellarators

Alex LeViness
2018
Advisor: N. Pablant
President of Princeton Women+ in Plasma Physics

Current Project: Measurement of fast ion losses in the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator

Alex LeViness (pronounced luh-VINE-ess) matriculated into the program with the class of 2018. She grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Columbus, Ohio. She attended The University of Alabama, where she majored in…

Jessica Li
2018
Advisors: A. Reiman, M. Zarnstorff

Current Project: Turbulence in negative triangularity stellarator plasmas.

Jessica Li grew up in Frederick, MD and completed her undergraduate degree in Applied Physics with a minor in Computer Science at Columbia University in 2018. While there, she worked on numerical modeling of torsatron devices as part of the…

Dingyun Liu
2019
Advisor: G. Hammett

Dingyun Liu grew up in Wuhan, China, and she had her undergraduate education at University of Science and Technology of China. In the same year she received a bachelor's degree in applied and engineering physics, she joined the 2019 cohort of the Princeton Program in Plasma Physics. A summer program at UCLA in 2018 stimulated her…

Rishin Madan
2023
Advisor: W. Sengupta

Current Project: Discovering hidden soliton symmetries in QS using a machine learning approach.

Kush Maheshwari
2022
Advisor: H. Ji

Current Project: Proof-of-principle experiments and simulations exploring electrodeless Magnetic Reconnection Thrusters.

Kush joined the plasma physics program in 2022 after graduating with an undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics and Astrophysics from UC Berkeley. For his first and second year project,…

Stephen Majeski
2019
Advisor: M. Kunz

Current Project: propagation of slow modes in collisionless high beta plasmas

Jacob Matthew Molina
2022
Advisor: A. Bhattacharjee

Current Project: Understanding the Mechanisms of Substorm Onset in the Earth's Magnetosphere

Michael May
2019
Advisor: H. Qin

Current: Project: Quantum Computing for Plasma Physics.

Michael Quackenbush May graduated from Williams College with degrees in physics and religion in 2017. Between college and graduate school, he received an M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh and taught high school physics in the Bronx for a year. He…

Nicholas McGreivy
2017
Advisor: A. Hakim

Current Project: Machine learning for partial differential equations.

Alejandro Mesa Dame
2022
Advisor: N. Fisch

Current Project: Energy Spectrum of Lost Alpha Particles in a Magnetic Mirror.

Elena Mitra
2021
Advisors: N. Fisch, A. Reiman

Current Project: RF Current Condensation

Javier Morales Arias
2021
Advisor: R. Majeski

Current Project: modeling project related to LTX

Richard Nies
2019
Advisors: F. Parra Diaz

Current Project: Effects of geometry on turbulence in tokamaks and stellarators.

Eric Palmerduca
2017
Advisor: H. Qin

Current Project: Topological properties of electromagnetic waves in vacuum and plasma.

Eric Palmerduca graduated Valedictorian of Colgate University in 2017 with a major in physics and a minor in math. During his time in undergrad he was active in computational research in both nuclear physics and neuroscience.

Joshua Pawlak
2023
Advisor: H. Ji

Current Project: electron energy analyzer for experiments in astrophysical magnetic reconnection

Nicholas Pham
2021
Advisor: V. Duarte

Current Project: wave particle resonance in a kinetic setting

Geoffrey Pomraning
2023
Advisor: H. Ji

Current Project: particle acceleration and microturbulence due to magnetically driven reconnection using laser-powered capacitor coils

Margaret Porcelli
2022
Advisor: R. Goldston

Current Project: experimental development of the Lithium Vapor Box divertor

Tony Qian
2019
Advisor: M. Zarnstorff

Current Project: MUSE Permanent Magnet Stellarator

Adam Robbins
2022
Advisor: H. Ji

Current Project: particle acceleration in magnetic reconnection

Maxwell Rosen
2021
Advisor: A. Hakim

Current Project: Gyrokinetics of high-field magnetic mirrors

Tal Rubin
2019
Advisor: N. Fisch

Current Project: multispecies rotating plasmas

Adam Rutkowski
2020
Advisor: D. Gates

Current Project: Error field correction in the permanent magnet stellarator prototype

Sunghyun Son
2023
Advisor: Y. Raitses

Current Project: Investigation on the anomalous ion transport and plume divergence of plasma thrusters.

Silvia Trinczek
2022
Advisor: F. Parra Diaz

Current Project: Neoclassical transport in strong gradient regions in tokamaks.

Silvia entered the Princeton Program in Plasma Physics in 2022. She previously graduated from Ulm University (BSc Physics, 2019) and Oxford University (MSc Theoretical Physics, 2020). She started her PhD in Theoretical Plasma Physics in…

Jace Waybright
2020
Advisor: J. Park

Current Project: Extended theory of field penetration at the resonant layers with higher order viscous effects.

Himawan Winarto
2018
Advisor: M. Kunz

Current Project: Tearing and Mirror instabilities related effect in current sheet formation

Himawan Wicaksono Winarto, also commonly known as Hima, joined the program in 2018 after graduating from the Physics program of the very same university. Before coming to Princeton, Hima grew up and live in Malang, Indonesia. He is…

Michael Zhang
2019
Advisor: M. Kunz

Current Project: minor ion heating in the solar wind in the presence of a helicity barrier