Alessandro Geraldini

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Alessandro Geraldini

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I am a PhD student in Theoretical Physics working in the Fusion Plasma Theory group, supervised by Professor Felix Parra Diaz. I have studied as an undergraduate here in Oxford, and have spent a summer working at the Basic Plasma Science Facility at UCLA supervised by Professor Troy Carter. There, I simulated the evolution of the distribution function of electrons flowing in a specific magnetic field configuration, in order to find out whether instabilities would develop. I have also worked on a biophysics master's project with Professor Ard Louis and Dr Tom Ouldridge, specifically in simulations of a DNA process called DNA strand displacement, which is vital in the growing field of DNA nanotechnology. In my PhD project I aim to theoretically pin down the behaviour of plasmas at the edge of the tokamak, important for any progress in reducing unwanted heat losses from the plasma in a potential fusion reactor (which needs to be kept at a temperature higher than that of the Sun). I am collaborating with Dr Fulvio Militello of the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.