Mike Mauel

Michael E. Mauel builds experiments to study high-temperature ionized gas, called plasma, and explores how strong magnetic fields guide plasma motion in the space surrounding Earth, at the surfaces of stars, and inside the cores of fusion energy reactors that may someday produce cleaner, healthier, and nearly unlimited power. Plasma within these experiments have very high temperatures, more than 10 million degrees, and can become hotter than sellar cores. Together with his students and collaborators, Mauel uses real-time systems to control how plasma mixes within the containment vessels, shapes magnetic bottles to better confine high pressure plasma, launches electromagnetic waves to generate electrons that move through the plasma at speeds near the speed of light, and identifies, images, and controls the instabilities that may destroy plasma confinement and inhibit fusion energy production.

Mauel’s current research interest include nonlinear turbulent transport in magnetized plasma, energetic particle modes, the relationship between laboratory and space plasma physics, and feedback techniques to control instabilities in advanced tokamak operating regimes. He injects currents, waves, magnetic fields to reveal the processes that transform energy within the plasma, move particles across magnetic flux tubes, and generate flows.

Mauel received his B.S and Sc.D. from MIT in 1983 and joined the SEAS faculty in 1985. He a fellow for the American Physical Society and served as a Jefferson Science Fellow in the U.S. Department of State. He received the Rose Award for Excellence in Fusion Engineering, the Teacher of the Year award from Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Certificates of Appreciation from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of State. He served as chair of the Division of Plasma Physics of the American Physical Society, chair of the Department of Applied Physics an Applied Math at Columbia University, and currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Physics of Plasmas.


Professor Michael E. Mauel
Department of Applied Physics
Columbia University
Room 210 S. W. Mudd Building
New York, NY 10027 U.S.A

Phone: (212) 854-4455
Fax: (212) 854-8257

Email: mauel@columbia.edu

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