Patrick Diamond

Principal Investigator, Center for Momentum Transport and Flow Organization; Distinguished Professor, Physics

I maintain an active interest in many theoretical problems pertaining to turbulence, transport and self-organization in plasmas fluids and non-equilibrium systems, in general. These include bifurcated mean flow states in turbulent shear flows, magnetic dynamos, confinement and turbulence in magnetized plasmas, flows in granular media, anomalous viscosity mechanisms in accretion disks and MHD turbulence. I am also actively involved with several aspects of the Magnetic Fusion Energy Program. Non-equilibrium statistical dynamics is a rich subject, so I am always alert for interesting new problems.

Professor Diamond received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in 1979. He was a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University and a Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Staff Scientist at the Institute for Fusion Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Diamond joined the University of California, San Diego in 1987 and was given the honor of Distinguished Professor in 2007. Professor Diamond has been a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Isaac Newton Institute, University of Cambridge and Visiting Professor at Kyushu University. Professor Diamond currently serves as a Visiting Professor at Peking University and at K.A.I.S.T. in Daejeon, Korea. Patrick H. Diamond is the author of over 400 publications. He has supervised 24 completed Ph.D. theses and over 30 postdoctoral researchers. He has been the Principal Investigator of the fusion theory group at UCSD for over 23 years and is the Co-Principal Investigator of the Center for Momentum Transport and Flow Self-Organization (CMTFO) at UCSD, and the Director of the Fusion Theory Institute, NFRI, Korea. Professor Diamond was awarded the Karl Taylor Compton Graduate Fellowship at MIT (1976-1979), the Technical Achievement Award by Martin Marietta Energy Systems, ORNL, in 1985 for his paper “Theory of Resistivity Gradient Driven Turbulence”, elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1986, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, 1988, the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1989, was a Finalist for the Alan T. Waterman Award Competition, NSF, 1990, 1991, the 2010 Hannes Alfven Prize, EPS Plasma Physics Division (shared with Hasegawa and Mima) and the 2012 IAEA Nuclear Fusion Award.

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Patrick H. Diamond

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • 1976 S.B. Physics; S.B. Mathematics
  • 1979 Physics Ph.D.

Professional Employment

  • WCI Fusion Theory Institute, NFRI Director 9/10-Present
  • Kyushu University Visiting Professor 1-3/05, 10-12/07, 1/10
  • Peking University Visiting Professor 12/08-Present
  • University of Cambridge Visiting Sr. Fellow 9/04-12/04
  • University of California, San Diego Assoc./Professor-Distinguished 7/87-Present
  • University of Texas, Austin Sr Lecturer/Research-Sr Staff Scientist 10/80-10/87
  • Institute for Advanced Study, NJ Member 9/79-5/80
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Associate 3/79-8/79


Honors and Awards

  • Karl Taylor Compton Graduate Fellowship, Dept. of Physics, M.I.T. 9/76-3/79
  • Paper "Theory of Resistivity Gradient Driven Turbulence", Technical Achievement Award, Martin Marietta Energy Systems (ORNL), 1985
  • Elected Fellow of American Physical Society, 1986
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1988
  • National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1989
  • Finalist, Alan T. Waterman Award Competition National Science Foundation, 1990, 1991
  • Distinguished Professor, UCSD, 2007
  • 2011 Hannes Alfven Prize, EPS Plasma Physics Division (shared-Hasegawa & Mima)
  • IAEA Nuclear Fusion Award, 2012


Research Interests and Expertise:

Patrick H. Diamond is the author of over 400 publications dealing with plasma physics and controlled fusion and especially with topics in plasma and fluid turbulence, transport, dynamo theory and plasma astrophysics. Diamond has 22 papers with 100 or more citations, 51 papers with 50 or more citations and has an H-index of 50. He has supervised 24 completed Ph.D. theses and 24 postdoctoral researchers. He has been the Principal Investigator of the fusion theory group at UCSD for over 23 years and is Co-Principal Investigator of the Center for Momentum Transport and Flow Self-Organization (CMTFO), UCSD, and the Director of the Fusion Theory Institute, NFRI, Korea.


Organizer

  • JIFT U.S.-Japan Workshop on Magnetic Reconnection, 1984
  • USA-USSR Exchange on Microturbulence, 1986
  • STTP Workshop on Solar Flares, 1986
  • Co-Organizer, San Diego Summer School on Turbulent Transport, 1989
  • Co-Organizer, Nonlinear Wave and Chaos III Workshop, 1999
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, Festival de Theorie, 2001,
  • Co-Organizer, U.S.-Japan Joint Institute or Fusion Theory (JIFT) Workshop, 2002, 2007
  • External Member, Specially Promoted Project on Structure Formation in Plasma, 2004-present
  • Co-Organizer, International School on Plasma Turbulence and Transport, 2006
  • Program Committee Chair, Asian Summer School on Plasma Simulation, 2006
  • Co-Organizer, 11th EU-US Transport Task Force Workshop, 2006
  • Leader, U.S. Transport Task Force, 2009-2010; Deputy Leader, 2007-2008 • Organizer, Gyrokinetic Particle Simulation of Turbulent Transport in Burning Plasmas Workshop, 2008
  • Leader, Theory and Computation Milestone Effort in Momentum Transport, 2010
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, International Summer Institute for Modeling in Astrophysics, 2010
  • Organizer, 1st Asia Pacific Transport Working Group (APTWG) International Conference, 2011
  • Chairman, Scientific Organizing Committee, Festival de Theorie, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011
  • Principal Investigator, SciDAC Project on Gyrokinetic Particle Simulations of Turbulent Transport in Burning Plasmas (GPS-TTBP), 2007-2011
  • Scientific Organizing Committee, 6th Korean Astrophysics Workshop ‘Fundamental Processes of Astrophysical Turbulence’, APCTP, 2011
  • Co-Organizer, 2nd Asia-Pacific Transport Working Group (APTWG) Meeting, 2012
  • Chairman, Scientific Organizing Committee, 2nd East-Asian School and Workshop on Laboratory, Space, Astrophysical Plasmas, 2012