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Department News and Colloquium

Physics & Astronomy Colloquium at CSU Long Beach

Physics Colloquium

Highlights in Fusion Energy Research and

Fast Ion Physics in Tokamaks

Cami Collins, General Atomics

April 30, 2018
Time: 11:15 am
Refreshments will be served at 10:45 am in HSCI-224.

Nuclear fusion could transform civilization by providing abundant energy without generating greenhouse gases or high-level radioactive waste. The global fusion community is embarking on a new era to demonstrate net fusion power production with the construction of ITER, a “tokamak” device that uses a toroidally-shaped magnetic field to confine 150 million °C plasma at several atmospheres pressure for >500 seconds. The DIII-D tokamak in San Diego, CA is advancing the underlying science to solve burning plasma issues, such as developing stable, high performance modes of plasma operation, control tools, and plasma-wall boundary solutions. In one example, experiments show that Alfvén eigenmode (AE) instabilities can cause fast ions to move away from the core of the plasma, reducing fusion performance by up to 50%. These studies provide the basis for understanding AE control techniques, and measurements are being used to validate transport models in order to calculate fast-ion profiles and losses over a wide parameter regime for predictive discharge modeling and optimization.

All Physics students & faculty should attend!

See the colloquium schedule and its archive of previous talks

Colloquia are scheduled to start Mondays at 11:15am sharp in Peterson Hall 1, Room PH1-223. Refreshments are served from 10:45am to 11:05am in Room HSCI-224 (next to the department office) and everyone is invited to mingle with faculty and students!


For information and suggestions about the colloquium please contact the colloquium coordinator:
Prof. Prashanth Jaikumar, Phone: 562-985-5592, Email:

Directions to Campus

  • Access to Campus
  • Campus Maps
  • Parking on campus: contact the coordinator of the colloquium. If not reachable, call the department office (562) 985-7925. If none of these are available at the time you need information, call (562) 985-4146 or go to the drive-through information booth at the main campus entrance (on Beach Drive, near the crossing to Bellflower).
  • Walk (or ask for a ride on an on-campus shuttle) to the department office: Hall of Sciences, Room 220 (HSCI-220). The coordinator will provide the necessary informations.
  • Any question or problem: call the colloquium coordinator or the department office (562) 985-7925.

Colloquia Sponsors:

We acknowledge with gratitude donations and support from the following present sponsors:

  • H.E. and H.B. Miller and Family Endowment
  • Benjamin Carter
  • The American Physical Society
  • Anonymous

We also acknowledge with gratitude our past donors: The Forty-Niner Shops, Inc., The Northrop Grumman Foundation, Sandra Dana, Anonymous.

If you wish to support the Colloquium, please contact the colloquium coordinator or the department chair. Thank you!

Colloquia Schedule

Academic Year 2017-2018

Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
September 11 Physics Department Meet and Mix Faculty and Staff,
California State University, Long Beach
September 18 Constraining Planet Formation with Directly Imaged Exoplanets Prof. Quinn Konopacky,
University of California, San Diego
September 25 Neutron Stars: Challenges and Opportunities Prof. Thomas Klähn,
California State University, Long Beach
October 2 Topological Order in Condensed Matter Physics Prof. Michael R. Peterson,
California State University, Long Beach
October 9 A Paradigmatic Study of Exo-Academia Economic Opportunites in the Absence of a Physics Doctorate John Milligan,
Logical Approach Engineering
October 16 Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of Graphene: Hydrogen Desorption and Nitrogen Doping Prof. Li Gao,
California State University, Northridge
October 23 Majorana Materializes Prof. Jason Alicea,
California Institute of Technology
October 30 What is a skyrmion? Dr. Hector Ochoa,
University of California, Los Angeles
Novemeber 6 Force Sensing by Bacteria Prof. Albert Siryaporn,
University of California, Irvine
Novemeber 13 Density Functional Theory and its Applications to Physics and Chemistry Dr. Kurt Fredrickson,
Applied Materials (Sunnyvale, CA)
Novemeber 27 A Curious Supergravity Story Prof. Zvi Bern,
University of California, Los Angeles
December 4 The Next Questions in Neutrino Physics Prof. Ryan Patterson,
California Institute of Technology
January 29 Chasing the Sun Dr. David Yu,
DULY Research Inc.
February 5 Superconductivity versus Magnetism in Electron-Doped Iron Selenide Prof. Jose Rodriguez,
Department of Physics and Astronomy, CSU Los Angeles
February 12 A Brief Introduction to Rotor Dynamics Dr. Louis Komzsik,
University of California, Irvine
February 21 Cannibals in the Standard Model Craig D. Roberts,
Argonne National Laboratory, IL
February 26 The Forces that Keep Our Cells Alive Dr. Wylie Ahmed,
California State University, Fullerton
March 12 Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Many-Body Physics Ehsan Khatami,
San Jose State University
March 19 Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Many-Body Physics Dr. Ana Cadavid,
CSU Northridge
April 2 Self-replicating Tangles and Applications to Quantum Computation Ryan Blair,
April 9 Field-effect control of emergent properties in low dimensional materials Wu Shi,
UC Berkeley
April 16 Galaxies on FIRE: stellar feedback and galaxy evolution Dr. Dusan Keres,
UC San Diego
April 23 A Physicist's Career In and Out of Physics Gene Dantsker, Ph.D., MBA,
Qualcomm Life, Inc.
April 30 Highlights in Fusion Energy Research and Fast Ion Physics in Tokamaks Cami Collins
General Atomics