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Ian H. Hutchinson

Ian H. Hutchinson

Professor of Nuclear Science & Engineering

617-253-0627 (fax)


B.A. (Physics), Cambridge University (1972)
Ph.D. (Engineering Physics), Australian National University (1976)


Controlled fusion and plasma physics. Tokamak experiments, especially plasma momentum transport, MHD instability suppression and measurement, real-time plasma control, plasma radiation, boundary phenomena. Basic plasma physics, especially interactions of flowing plasmas with solid objects. Computational plasma physics.

Recent Publications

  1. Leonardo Patacchini and Ian H. Hutchinson "Forces on a spherical conducting particle in E × B fields", Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion, 53, 065023 (2011)
  2. B. LaBombard, J. L. Terry, J. W. Hughes, D. Brunner, J. Payne, M. L. Reinke, I. Cziegler, R. Granetz, M. Greenwald, I. H. Hutchinson, J. Irby, Y. Lin, B. Lipschultz, Y. Ma, E. S. Marmar, W. L. Rowan, N. Tsujii, G. Wallace, D. G. Whyte, S. Wolfe, S. Wukitch, G. Wurden, and Alcator C-Mod Team, "Scaling of the power exhaust channel in Alcator C-Mod" Phys. Plasmas, 18, 056104 (2011)
  3. I H Hutchinson "Nonlinear collisionless plasma wakes of small particles" Phys. Plasmas, 18, 032111 (2011)
  4. I H Hutchinson and L Patacchini "Flowing plasmas and absorbing objects: analytic and numerical solutions culminating 80 years of ion-collection theory" Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion, 52, 124005 (2010)
  5. McDermott R M, Lipschultz B, Hughes J W, Catto PJ, Hubbard A E, Hutchinson I H, Granetz R S, Greenwald M, LaBombard B, Marr K, Reinke M L, Rice J E, Whyte D "Edge radial electric field structure and its connections to H-mode confinement in Alcator C-Mod plasmas" Phys. Plasmas, 16, 056103 (2009)
  6. Marmar, E, et al. "Overview of the Alcator C-Mod Research Program" Nuclear Fusion
    49 104014 (2009)


22.105 Electromagnetic Interactions
22.071j Electronics, Signals, and Measurement
22.611j Introduction to Plasma Physics
22.62 Fusion Energy


  • Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching
  • 2008 Chairman, American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics

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