David Smith

Associate Scientist


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Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Princeton, NJ 08543

Ph: (609) 243-3514

Primary Affiliation:
Engineering Physics

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David R. Smith is a plasma physicist and fusion scientist in the plasma turbulence and spectroscopy group.  David's research activities cover plasma turbulence, spectroscopy, and machine learning analysis at NSTX-U, DIII-D, and W7-X. David is based at PPPL in Princeton, NJ.

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Machine learning for real-time fusion plasma behavior, prediction, and manipulation (abstract)
DOE Award DE-SC0021157, PI D. Smith, 2020-2023

Measurement of long-wavelength fluctuations in high-beta Spherical Tokamak plasmas (abstract)
DOE Award DE-SC0001288, PI G. McKee, 2020-2025

Feasibility study for 2D multi-field turbulence measurements on W7-X with fluctuation Beam Emission Spectroscopy (abstract)
DOE Award DE-SC0019009, PI D. Smith, 2018-2021


B.A., Physics and Integrated Science Program, Northwestern University, 2001

Ph.D., Plasma Physics, Princeton University, 2009

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