Program Overview


UCLA is one of the world's most outstanding research universities, and has been a leader in plasma fusion research and development for 35 years. In both experimental and theoretical research, UCLA has been a pioneer. For example, computer simulation of plasmas, plasma diagnosis development, fusion and space plasma research, plasma beat-wave accelerators, etc. represent just a few examples of the many research areas pursued by UCLA faculty, research staff, and students over the years. See the following web site for a detailed description of the broad research opportunities at UCLA: UCLA Plasma Science and Technology Institute


Plasma diagnostic systems that are developed provide the unique measurement tools necessary to understand and control fusion plasmas. These systems are initially developed in the laboratory at UCLA, and then transferred to a leading fusion facility. After installation, they are then utilized to improve our understanding of fusion plasma science. 

In addition, the Group is active in developing diagnostic systems for ITER - a joint international research and development project that aims to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion power.


The PDG at UCLA both develops innovative plasma measurement systems

and plays a lead role in improving our understanding of fusion plasma


Anne White (graduate student)

at DIII-D site

Inside the DIII-D vacuum vessel

Xuan Nguyen & Craig Wannberg installing a millimeter wave diagnostic system at DIII-D

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