Space physics, Astrophysical plasma physics, Fusion theory, Magnetic reconnection, Turbulence, High-performance and exascale computing
Amitava Bhattacharjee, a plasma physicist, is Professor of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University and Head of the PPPL Theory Department. He is also Director of the Princeton Center for Heliophysics. His expertise is in the broad application of theory to develop fusion and in space and astrophysical plasmas. He can discuss many aspects of fusion, space and astrophysics, including magnetic reconnection, turbulence and singularity formation, kinetic theory, free-electron lasers, and complex plasmas. He also is heading efforts to simulate the first complete high-fidelity model of a fusion plasma as part of the U.S. Exascale Computing Project. Prof. Bhattacharjee has won numerous awards, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Geophysical Union.