James D. Callen

Professor Emeritus

521 Engineering Research Building
1500 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 262-1370
Fax: (608) 265-2438
callen@engr.wisc.edu


Profile Summary

Callen directs the university's Center for Plasma Theory and Computation. He is heavily involved in the U.S. fusion program, and has served on a number of Department of Energy review panels and fusion plasma physics journal editorial boards. His current plasma research includes developing fluid/kinetic hybrid descriptions of magnetically confined plasmas; studying the macroscopic phenomenology caused by MHD tearing-type modes and their effects on plasma confinement in tokamaks; models for turbulence and plasma transport in tokamak, stellarator and reversed-field pinch plasmas; attempts to correlate the theory of collective macroscopic instabilities, which may give the ultimate limit on the plasma pressure and current that can be magnetically contained, with experimental results from tokamaks, stellarators, and reversed-field pinches. Professor Callen is a fusion plasma theoretician with research interests in developing and applying plasma theory and computation to present plasma confinement experiments, and fusion reactor design studies.

Education

  • BS 1962, Nuclear Engineering, Kansas State University
  • MS 1964, Nuclear Engineering, Kansas State University
  • PhD 1968, Nuclear Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Postdoc 1968-69, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

Research Interests

  • controlled thermonuclear fusion
  • theoretical and computational plasma physics
  • magnetic confinement of plasmas
  • nuclear fission

Awards, Honors and Societies

  • CoE Byron Bird Award for Excellence in a Research Publishing (2003)
  • Fusion Power Associates Distinguished Career Award (2002)
  • Elected to National Academy of Engineering
  • Guggenheim Fellowship (1986)
  • DoE Distinguished Associate Award (TPA/1988)
  • Fellow of the American Nuclear Society (1984)
  • Fellow of the American Physics Society (1978)
  • AEC, Fulbright, NSF Graduate and NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships

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Additional Experience

  • Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton)
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • JET Joint Undertaking (Abingdon, England)
  • Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
  • Institute for Theoretical Physics (UC-Santa Barbara)

Profile Summary

Callen directs the university\'s Center for Plasma Theory and Computation. He is heavily involved in the U.S. fusion program, and has served on a number of Department of Energy review panels and fusion plasma physics journal editorial boards. His current plasma research includes developing fluid/kinetic hybrid descriptions of magnetically confined plasmas; studying the macroscopic phenomenology caused by MHD tearing-type modes and their effects on plasma confinement in tokamaks; models for turbulence and plasma transport in tokamak, stellarator and reversed-field pinch plasmas; attempts to correlate the theory of collective macroscopic instabilities, which may give the ultimate limit on the plasma pressure and current that can be magnetically contained, with experimental results from tokamaks, stellarators, and reversed-field pinches. Professor Callen is a fusion plasma theoretician with research interests in developing and applying plasma theory and computation to present plasma confinement experiments, and fusion reactor design studies.


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