Drake, James F.

James Drake


Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology

Computer, Math, and Natural Sciences


Statement of energy interests and expertise: 

Professor Drake is an authority on the confinement and dynamics of high temperature plasma associated with the development of nuclear fusion as a source of energy. He is an authority on "magnetic reconnection", in which the magnetic fields confining the high temperature fusion plasmas spontaneously become tangled, spoiling confinement.

Professor Drake has also explored the development of turbulence in fusion plasmas, which limits energy confinement and therefore controls the size and cost of potential fusion reactors.