David Anderson

Jim and Anne Sorden Professor

1422 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 262-0172
Fax: (608) 262-1267
dtanders@facstaff.wisc.edu


Profile Summary

The research effort in the HSX Plasma Laboratory centers on a novel plasma containment device, the Helically Symmetric Experiment (HSX) recently completed under funding from the US DoE. HSX combines the positive features of the tokamak type device, which has achieved the best parameters to date, with the stellarator, which has tremendous engineering advantages for fusion reactor design. The primary goal of HSX is to study the confinement properties of this unique configuration and demonstrate that we can meet or exceed tokamak-level performance in a stellarator device. Plasmas are a "fourth" state of matter, highly-ionized gases at high temperature, and make up most of the universe. In addition to numerous industrial applications, the confinement and heating of plasmas are studied as a means to provide virtually limitless energy through the process of nuclear fusion. In this process, hydrogen isotopes "fuse" to form a helium nucleus releasing tremendous amounts of energy; it is the process driving the stars and occurs at stellar-like temperatures ~100 million degrees. Intense magnetic field "bottles" are used to contain the hot plasma. Plasma confinement and fusion have progressed to the point where over 15 megawatts of fusion energy has been produced in laboratory experiments.

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984

Research Interests

  • plasmas and controlled fusion
  • electromagnetic fields and waves
  • magnet design
  • plasma transport and heating in torodial systems

Awards, Honors and Societies

  • Design News Magazine Grand Prize in \"Excellence in Design\"-1982
  • IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Graduate Student of the Year-1976
  • Bacon Fellowship, 1976
  • Sigma Xi
  • American Physical Society

Publications

  • \"Fluctuation Induced Transport and Poloidal Rotation in the Interchangeable Module Stellarator,\" P.G. Matthews, J.N. Talmadge, D. T. Anderson, F.S.B. Anderson and J.L. Shohet,Phys.Fluids B 5, 11 4061 (1993).
  • \"A Stellarator Configuration for Reactor Studies\", D.T. Anderson and P.R. Garabedian, Nuc. Fus. 34 (1994) 881.
  • \"Physics Assessment of Stellarators as Fusion Power Plants,\" J.F. Lyon, J.A. Rome, P.R. Garabedian and D.T. Anderson, Plasma Physics and Controlled Nuclear Fusion Research1995 2, 655 (1995).
  • \"Viscosity and ion-neutral Effects on Plasma Rotation in Stellarators,\" J.N. Talmadge, B.J. Peterson, D.T. Anderson, F.S.B. Anderson, et al., Plasma Physics and Controlled Nuclear Fusion Research1995 1,797 (1995).
  • \"Goals and Status of HSX: A Helically Symmetric Stellarator\", D.T. Anderson, A. Almagri, F.S.B. Anderson, N. Karulin, et al., J. Plasma Fusion Res. SERIES, Vol 1 (1998)

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Courses

Fall 2016-2017

  • ECE 699 - Advanced Independent Study

  • ECE 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • ECE 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • ECE 990 - Research or Thesis
  • ECE 320 - Electrodynamics II
  • ECE 399 - Independent Study
  • PHYSICS 990 - Research
  • Profile Summary

    The research effort in the HSX Plasma Laboratory centers on a novel plasma containment device, the Helically Symmetric Experiment (HSX) recently completed under funding from the US DoE. HSX combines the positive features of the tokamak type device, which has achieved the best parameters to date, with the stellarator, which has tremendous engineering advantages for fusion reactor design. The primary goal of HSX is to study the confinement properties of this unique configuration and demonstrate that we can meet or exceed tokamak-level performance in a stellarator device. Plasmas are a "fourth" state of matter, highly-ionized gases at high temperature, and make up most of the universe. In addition to numerous industrial applications, the confinement and heating of plasmas are studied as a means to provide virtually limitless energy through the process of nuclear fusion. In this process, hydrogen isotopes "fuse" to form a helium nucleus releasing tremendous amounts of energy; it is the process driving the stars and occurs at stellar-like temperatures ~100 million degrees. Intense magnetic field "bottles" are used to contain the hot plasma. Plasma confinement and fusion have progressed to the point where over 15 megawatts of fusion energy has been produced in laboratory experiments.


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