Star Power

Interior of MIT’s Alcator C-Mod. Credit: Bob Mumgaard.
Researchers at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) use MGHPCC computers in their​ work seeking to accelerate progress towards making ​available ​clean and economical fusion energy​.​

Turbulence, a ubiquitous feature of the high-energy plasmas needed to instigate nuclear fusion, can severely limit the performance of the devices used to contain them, and our ability to make fusion energy a commercial reality. In his doctoral research Francesco Sciortino leaned heavily on MIT’s Engaging Cluster as he sought to advance understanding of the effects of turbulence on particle dynamics inside tokamak fusion devices like the Alcator C-Mod tokamak at MIT and the DIII-D tokamak at General Atomics, in San Diego, CA.


Francesco Sciortino
Former MIT PSFC Doctoral Candidate

Research projects

Dusty With a Chance of Star Formation
Checking the Medicine Cabinet to Interrupt COVID-19 at the Molecular Level
Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold But Still, Is It Just Right?​
Smashing Discoveries​
Microbiome Pattern Hunting
Modeling the Air we Breathe
Exploring Phytoplankton Diversity
The Computer Will See You Now
Computing the Toll of Trapped Diamondback Terrapins
Edging Towards a Greener Future
Physics-driven Drug Discovery
Modeling Plasma-Surface Interactions
Sensing Subduction Zones
Neural Networks & Earthquakes
Small Stars, Smaller Planets, Big Computing
Data Visualization using Climate Reanalyzer
Getting to Grips with Glassy Materials
Modeling Molecular Engines
Forest Mapping: When the Budworms come to Dinner
Exploring Thermoelectric Behavior at the Nanoscale
The Trickiness of Talking to Computers
A Genomic Take on Geobiology
From Grass to Gas
Teaching Computers to Identify Odors
From Games to Brains
The Trouble with Turbulence
A New Twist
A Little Bit of This… A Little Bit of That..
Looking Like an Alien!
Locking Up Computing
Modeling Supernovae
Sound Solution
Lessons in a Virtual Test Tube​
Crack Computing
Automated Real-time Medical Imaging Analysis
Towards a Smarter Greener Grid
Heading Off Head Blight
Organic Light-Harvesting Antennae
Art and AI
Excited by Photons
Tapping into an Ocean of Data
Computing Global Change
Star Power
Engineering the Human Microbiome
Computing Social Capital
Computers Diagnosing Disease
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Outreach & Education Projects

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