Welcome to the Plasma Control Laboratory within the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics at Lehigh University. The research work within the laboratory led by Prof. Eugenio Schuster lies at the intersection of nuclear fusion, plasma physics, control mathematics, machine learning, optimization, and computational methods. Nuclear fusion, which powers the Sun and enables life on Earth, arises as an economically affordable, environmentally sustainable, and politically acceptable source of energy. The research activity focuses on understanding, modeling, stabilizing, and controlling the plasma (an ionized hydrogenic gas at around 100 million degrees) sustaining the fusion reactions in magnetically confined devices such as tokamaks. Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, members of the laboratory conduct collaborative work at different nuclear-fusion facilities and laboratories in the U.S. (DIII-D (San Diego, CA), NSTX-U (Princeton, NJ)) and around the world (KSTAR (South Korea), EAST (China), ITER (France)).
About The Director
Prof. Eugenio Schuster is an expert in nuclear-fusion plasma control with more than 20 years of experience in the field. His unique and broad education includes degrees in electrical engineering, nuclear engineering, and mechanical & aerospace engineering. Prof. Schuster is a National Science Foundation CAREER Awardee for his work on “Nonlinear Control of Plasmas in Nuclear Fusion,” and an ITER Scientist Fellow in the area of plasma control. Prof. Schuster is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Integrated Operation Scenarios (IOS) Topical Group within the International Tokamak Physics Activity (ITPA). More information can be found here.