Dmitri M. Orlov

Assistant Project Scientist

Dr. Dmitri M. Orlov's current research is focused on the understanding the physics of the Edge Localized Mode (ELM) instability control in tokamak plasmas using Resonant Magnetic Perturbations (RMPs). ELMs present one of the most demanding control issues in high confinement ITER H-mode plasmas. Type-I ELMs in ITER are expected to release 20-30MJ of stored plasma energy from the plasma pedestal resulting in an unacceptably rapid degradation of the ITER divertor, and possibly the injection of impurities into the plasma core, leading to disruption. In tokamaks ELMs can be stabilized by applying 3D magnetic perturbation fields. The in-vessel ITER ELM coil set was designed specifically to control the large Type-I ELMs. The exact physics of the RMP ELM suppression is presently not explained. Dr. Dmitri Orlov's research aims at understanding the plasma response to the external magnetic perturbations and developing techniques for robust ELM suppression in present and future fusion reactors. Dr. Orlov is actively involved in the DIII-D experimental work designing and leading the experiments that help to understand the mechanisms of ELM suppression and to test different theories of plasma response and its role in ELM suppression.

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Dmitri M. Orlov received his B.S. and M.S. in Applied Physics and Mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Moscow, Russia in 1998 and 2000 respectively. He received M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, IN, in 2005 and 2007 where his doctoral research work was centered on the numerical models for the single dielectric barrier discharge plasma actuators in CFD simulations of flow control applications. He then moved to the Department of Physics at the US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, where he worked on MHD and PIC modeling of the atmospheric barrier discharges in application to flow control. Dmitri M. Orlov joined the UC San Diego Center for Energy Research in 2008. He is presently an Assistant Project Scientist working at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility. Dr. Dmitri M. Orlov published and co-authored 30 peer-reviewed papers and 20 conference proceeding papers. His works were referenced more than 1500 times.

Dr. Dmitri M. Orlov's list of publications, citation records and indices may be found at his Google Scholar page. He has 1519 citations, an h-index of 17, and an i10 index of 24.