- Michael Mauel is Professor of Applied Physics at Columbia University. He served as Chair of the Department of
Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics from 2000-2006. His current research interests include the development of feedback techniques to control
tokamak instabilities, the study of
interchange instabilities in rotating plasma confined by a
strong dipole magnet, and the physics of plasma confined by a superconducting levitated
dipole (LDX). LDX, the newest fusion experiment in the U.S., was built at MIT and dedicated in 2004. Experiments with LDX and the RT-1 device at the University of Tokyo showed that high-pressure plasma can be well-confined in steady state without the large toroidal magnets used in tokamaks and stellarators.
- Professor Mauel was educated at MIT receiving his B.S. in
1978 and his Sc.D. in 1983. While at MIT, he was awarded the
Fortesque Fellowship from the IEEE and the Guillemin
prize. Dr. Mauel conducted post-doctoral research at MIT
before joining the faculty of Columbia University in 1985. At
Columbia, he focused on high-beta tokamak research and was
awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the U.S. Department
of Energy in 1989. Dr. Mauel collaborated extensively with the
TFTR research team, and he was a visiting scientist at DIII-D
in 1994. At Columbia University, he built experimental
programs in electron cyclotron plasma processing in
collaboration with IBM and laboratory space physics with the
support of NASA and the AFOSR. In 1994, Mauel was named
Teacher of the Year at Columbia's Fu Foundation School of
Engineering and Applied Science, and, in 2000, he received the Rose Prize for Excellence in Fusion Engineering from the Fusion Power Association. Dr. Mauel is a fellow of the APS, and he recently served as Chair of the APS Division
of Plasma Physics.
- During the 2006-07 academic year, Dr. Mauel was awarded a Jefferson Science Fellowship. Mauel served in the Office of International Energy and Commodity Policy assisting U.S. diplomatic efforts to promote energy security. Besides reporting on energy technology developments, Mauel was a member of the team supporting the U.S. G8 Foreign Affairs Sous Sherpa at Heiligendamm, provided support for U.S. diplomatic activities involving the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), and was a member of Assistant Secretary Daniel Sullivan’s delegation of during his energy and economic partnership consultations in Azerbaijan and Turkey. During his final month of his Jefferson Science Fellowship, Mauel was located at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara supporting economic, energy, and science cooperation.
- Levitated Dipole
Experiment (LDX) is a newly-constructed high-temperature plasma experiment whose goal is to evaluate the properties of a strong, superconducting dipole magnet to confine high-temperature plasma. See a documentary of our "first plasma" experiments conducted with the newly completed facility.
University's Plasma Physics Laboratory is the site for
several high-temperature plasma experiments. The HBT-EP
tokamak investigates the application of magnetic controls
to stabilize plasma instabilities at high pressure. The
Collisionless Terrella Experiment (CTX) is the world's
first "artificial radiation belt". We are able to
study the long-time, coherent interactions between energetic
trapped electrons and a variety of plasma and electromagnetic
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