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Anne White

Anne White

Norman C. Rasmussen Career Development Professor in Nuclear Engineering

617-253-0627 (fax)


Ph.D. - Physics, University of California, Los Angeles (2008)
M.S. - Physics, University of California, Los Angeles (2004)
B.S. - Physics and Applied Mathematics, University of Arizona, Tucson (2003


22.67 Principles of Plasma Diagnostics
22.012 Seminar in Fusion & Plasma Physics
22.071j/6.071j Electronics, Signals, & Measurement
8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves (Recitations)


Small fluctuations in tokamak plasmas lead to turbulence, and turbulent eddies can very effectively transport heat from the hot core across confining magnetic field lines out to the cooler plasma edge. Predicting this phenomenon of turbulent-transport is essential for the development of fusion reactors. In order to improve predictive capability by testing and validating models of turbulent-transport, detailed measurements of fluctuations in high-performance, reactor relevant tokamak plasmas are required. Diagnostic techniques that allow for simultaneous measurements of fluctuations in plasma density, temperature, and flows in the core and edge of Alcator C-Mod are presently being developed. With these new measurement capabilities we will improve our understanding of how turbulence is suppressed and how the turbulent-transport of particles, energy and momentum can be separated from one another. The new data from these measurements allow for stringent tests of turbulent-transport models. Close collaboration between experiment, theory and simulation is a key aspect of this work.

Honors and Awards

  • Department of Energy Early Career Award,  2011–2016
  • Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award, 2009
  • U. S. Department of Energy Fusion Energy Postdoctoral Research Program Fellow, 2008–2009
  • UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2007–2008
  • U. S. Department of Energy ORISE Fusion Energy Science (FES) Fellowship, 2004–2007

Professional Societies

  • American Physical Society, Division of Plasma Physics (APS-DPP)
  • American Nuclear Society (ANS)

Selected Publications

  1. N. T. Howard, A. E. White, M. L. Reinke, M. Greenwald, C. Holland, J. Candy, and J. R. Walk, Validation of the gyrokinetic model in ITG and TEM dominated L-mode plasmas, Nuclear Fusion, 53, 123011 (2013)
  2. C. Sung, A. E. White, N. T. Howard, C. Y. Oi, J. E. Rice, C. Gao, P. Ennever, M. Porkolab, F. Parra, D. Mikkelsen, D. Ernst, J. Walk, J. W. Hughes, J. Irby, C. Kasten, A. E. Hubbard, M. J. Greenwald and the Alcator C-Mod Team, Changes in core electron temperature fluctuations across the Ohmic Energy Confinement Transition in Alcator C-Mod plasmas, Nuclear Fusion 53, 083010 (2013)
  3. J. C. Hillesheim, J. C. DeBoo, W. A. Peebles, T. A. Carter, G. Wang, T. L. Rhodes, L. Schmitz, G. R. McKee, Z. Yan, G. M. Staebler, K. H. Burrell, E. J. Doyle, C. Holland, C. C. Petty, S. P. Smith, A. E. White, and L. Zeng, Experimental characterization of multiscale and multifield turbulence as a critical gradient is surpassed in the DIII-D tokamak, Phys. Plasmas 20, 056115 (2013)
  4. D. C. Pace, M. E. Austin, E. M. Bass, R. V. Budny, W. W. Heidbrink, J. C. Hillesheim, C. T. Holcomb, M. Gorelenkova, B. A. Grierson, D. C. McCune, G. R. McKee, C. M. Muscatello, J. M. Park, C. C. Petty, T. L. Rhodes, G. M. Staebler, T. Suzuki, M. A Van Zeeland, R. E. Waltz, G. Wang, A. E. White, Z. Yan, X. Yuan, and Y. B. Zhu, Energetic ion transport by microturbulence is insignificant in tokamaks, Phys. Plasmas 20, 056108 (2013)
  5. A.E. White, Nathan Howard Martin Greenwald, Matthew Reinke, Choongki Sung, et al., Multi-channel transport experiments at Alcator C-Mod and comparison with gyrokinetic simulations (Invited), Phys. Plasmas 20, 056106 (2013)
  6. N. T. Howard, A. E. White, M. Greenwald, M. L. Reinke, J. Walk, C. Holland, J. Candy, and T. Görler, Investigation of the transport shortfall in Alcator C-Mod L-mode plasmas, Phys. Plasmas 20, 032510 (2013)
  7. C.P. Kasten, J.H. Irby, R. Murray, A.E. White, D.C. Pace, A new interferometry-based electron density fluctuation diagnostic on Alcator C-Mod, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 83, 10E301 (2012)
  8. C. Sung, A. E. White, J. H. Irby, R. Leccacorvi, R. Vieira, C. Y. Oi, W. A. Peebles, X. Nguyen, Design and first measurements from correlation electron cyclotron emission diagnostic for Alcator C-Mod, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 83, 10E311 (2012)
  9. J. C. DeBoo, C. C. Petty, A. E. White, K. H. Burrell, E. J. Doyle, J. C. Hillesheim, C. Holland, G. R. McKee, T. L. Rhodes, L. Schmitz, S. P. Smith, G. Wang, and L. Zeng, Electron profile stiffness and critical gradient studies Phys. Plasmas 19, 082518 (2012)
  10. A.E. White, A.E. Hubbard, J.W. Hughes, P.T. Bonoli, M.E. Austin, A. Bader, R.W. Harvey, Y. Lin, Y. Ma, M.L. Reinke, S.J. Wukitch, Investigation of the Thomson Scattering-ECE Discrepancy in ICRF Heated Plasmas at Alcator C-Mod, Nucl. Fusion 52 063021(2012)
  11. N.T. Howard, M. Greenwald, A.E. White, M.L. Reinke, D. Ernst, Y. Podpaly, D.R. Mikkelsen, and J. Candy, Measurement of plasma current dependent changes in impurity transport and comparison with nonlinear gyrokinetic simulation, Phys. Plasmas 19, 056110 (2012)
  12. N.T. Howard et al., Quantitative comparison of experimental impurity transport with nonlinear gyrokinetic simulation in an Alcator C-Mod L-mode plasma, Nucl. Fusion 52 063002 (2012)
  13. C. Holland et al., Testing gyrokinetic simulations of electron turbulence, Nucl. Fusion 52 063028 (2012)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology