Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
email: sgerhard at pppl dot gov
I am a staff physicist at Princeton Plasma Physics
Laboratory (PPPL) , working on NSTX . I work primarily in the areas of MHD stability & disruption physics, high performance ST scenario development, plasma control, and magnetic diagnostics. I have at various times had leadership positions in both the MHD and Advanced Scenarios NSTX Topical Science Groups.
Before joining NSTX, I worked on MRX , leading studies of compact toroids formed by merging spheromaks. See link below for cool movies. I also supported the basic magnetic reconnection research program at MRX.
I received my PhD from the Electrical Engineering Deparment at the U. of
Wisconsin-Madison , for work done at the
Helically Symmetric Experiment . My thesis topic was the demonstration of reduced flow damping with quasi-symmetry, compared to traditional stellarators.
Here is a copy of my resume (.pdf) (.doc).
Stellarator Research Information
MRX Research Information
NSTX Research Information