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Dr. Nevins has been active in magnetic fusion research since 1976, with particular interest in kinetic theory, plasma turbulence, and fusion reactor design. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, an Associate Editor of The Physics of Plasmas, a member of the Board of Editors of Nuclear Fusion, and has served on numerous panels providing advice to the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (OFES). He recently served on the National Academy of Science panel on Burning Plasma Physics, as the Chairman of the Committee of Visitors reviewing the management of the OFES Theory and Computations program, on the Executive Committee of the APS Division of Plasma Physicsm and as Chairman of the Transport Task Force — an organization dedicated to understanding the mechanisms for the transport of particles, momentum, and energy in magnetically confined plasmas.
Dr. Nevins began his career in fusion research with a study of the mechanisms responsible for the instabilities of low frequency waves in magnetically confined plasmas and the resulting transport of particles and heat, employing both analysis and computer simulation. After a brief interlude in mirror theory (1979-1987) and fusion reactor design (Dr. Nevins worked on ITER from 1988 thru 1997, and was head of physics for the TPX project from 1992 through 1995) he returned to the study of plasma microturbulence. Dr. Nevins is currently the lead PI for both the Plasma Microturublence Project (an OFES SciDAC center of excellence using direct numerical simulation to revolutionize the fusion community's ability to interpret experimental confinement data and to test theoretical ideas about plasma turbulence and transport) and an INCITE project focused on the validation of plasma microturublence codes. In addition, Dr. Nevins is responsible for the development of GKV, a widely used tool for turbulence data analysis and visualization.
D. R. Ernst, J. Lang, W.M. Nevins, M. Hoffman, Y. Chen, W. Dorland, and S. Parker, "Role of zonal flows in trapped electron mode turbulence through nonlinear gyrokinetic particle and continuum simulation", Phys. Plasmas 16, 055906 (2009).
W.M. Nevins, J. Candy, S. Cowley, T. Dannert, A. Dimits, W. Dorland, C. Estrada-Mila, G.W. Hammett, F. Jenko, M.J. Pueschel, and D.E. Shumaker, "Characterizing electron temperature gradient turbulence via numerical simulation", Phys. Plasmas 13, 122306 (2006).
W.M. Nevins, G.W. Hammett, A.M. Dimits, W. Dorland, and D.E. Shumaker, "Discrete particle noise in particle-in-cell simulations of plasma microturbulence," Phys. Plasmas 12, 122305 (2005).
W.M. Nevins and L.D. Pearlstein, ``Moderate-m ballooning modes in quadrapole stabilized tandem mirrors", Phys. Fluids 31, 1988 (1988).
W.M. Nevins and L. Chen, "Fluctuations and Transport in an Inhomogeneous Plasma," Phys. Fluids 23, 1973 (1980).
Y. Gell and W.M. Nevins, "A Variational Approach to Pseudoclassical Diffusion," Nuclear Fusion 15, 1083 (1975)