25 Years of Undergraduate Research at General Atomics

General Atomics (GA) just completed its 25th year of participation in undergraduate summer research according to a press release from General Atomics that was picked up by Engineering.com. The specific programs have changed over the years, with the present program being the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) that sees undergraduates spend ten summer weeks working on research…

Does the U.S. have a Flagship Tokamak Facility?

Summary Haiku Tokamak goes down Flagship facility, too Feelings hurt out West Magnetic fusion has grabbed quite a few headlines in the past week as news about the failure of the NSTX-U tokamak spreads through the media. One thing that caught my eye is that multiple stories, all written by different authors, all describe the NSTX-U as…

SULI Student Highlighted by DOE

I serve as a mentor in the undergraduate research program at DIII-D and one of my students from 2015 was shown as a highlight by the Department of Energy (DOE)! The highlight is from a DOE presentation dated February 19, 2016, but I only recently found it. The presentation is an overview of the multiple…

Ion Cyclotron Emission in the Presence of Beam Ion Losses

I recently participated in the European Physical Society’s 43rd Conference on Plasma Physics where I gave an oral presentation concerning ion cyclotron emission in tokamaks. Besides having the cool abbreviation of ICE, ion cyclotron emission is interesting because it might be something that can be measured in ITER to provide an indication of the confinement of energetic ions.…

Curriculum Vitae

David C. Pace Research Scientist at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility General Atomics San Diego, California, USA Education      Honors and Awards      Professional Activities      Research Experience Teaching Experience      Publications and Presentations      Co-author Publications Education University of California, Los Angeles, USA Ph.D., Experimental Plasma Physics, 2009 M.Sc., Physics 2003 Committee Co-chairs: G.J. Morales…

Gamma Ray Imager on the DIII-D Tokamak

This is a technical paper concerning the design and commissioning of a gamma ray camera on the DIII-D tokamak. The diagnostic, the Gamma Ray Imager (GRI), is a pinhole camera constructed of lead. This diagnostic is being used to study the behavior of relativistic electron beams in magnetically confined fusion plasmas. Gamma rays can be…