FITZPATRICK, RICHARD

Richard Fitzpatrick

Professor, Directorship
Department of Physics, Institute for Fusion Studies


Magnetohydrodynamic stability; hydrodynamic stability; driven magnetic reconnection

rfitzp@farside.ph.utexas.edu

Phone: 512-471-9439

Office Location
RLM 11.324

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences
1 University Station C1600
Austin, TX 78712

Ph.D., University of Sussex (1988)

Research Interests

Magnetohydrodynamic stability; hydrodynamic stability; driven magnetic reconnection; momentum injection into fluids/plasmas via external perturbations.

 

F.L. Waelbroeck, F. Militello, R. Fitzpatrick, and W. Horton, Effect of electrostatic turbulence on magnetic islands, Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 51, 015015 (2009). 

R. Fitzpatrick, A simple ideal magnetohydrodynamical model of vertical disruption events in tokamaks, Phys. Plasmas 16, 012506 (2009). 

R. Fitzpatrick, Error-field induced electromagnetic torques in a large aspect-ratio. low-beta, weakly shaped tokamak plasma, Phys. Plasmas 16, 032502 (2009). 

R. Fitzpatrick, and F.L. Waelbroeck, Effect of local ExB flow shear on the stability of magnetic islands in tokamak plasmas, Phys. Plasmas 16, 052502 (2009).

R. Fitzpatrick, and F.L. Waelbroeck, Effect of flow damping on drift-tearing magnetic islands in tokamak plasmas, Phys. Plasmas 16, 072507 (2009). 

R. Fitzpatrick, Magnetic reconnection in weakly collisional highly magnetized electron-ion plasmas, Phys. Plasmas 17, 042101 (2010). 

R. Fitzpatrick, and F.L. Waelbroeck, Locked magnetic island chains in toroidally flow damped tokamak plasmas, Plasma Phys. Control. Nuclear Fusion 52, 055006 (2010).

R. Fitzpatrick, and F.L. Waelbroeck, A drift-magnetohydrodynamical fluid model of helical magnetic island equilibria in the pedestals of H-mode tokamak plasmas, Phys. Plasmas 17, 062503 (2010). 

R. Fitzpatrick, A nonideal error-field response model for strongly shaped tokamak plasmas, Phys. Plasmas 17, 112502 (2010). 

R. Fitzpatrick, Theory of nonaxisymmetric vertical displacement events in tokamaks, Nucl. Fusion 51, 053007 (2011).