William Heidbrink

    William Heidbrink


  Professor of Physics  
  Experimental Plasma Physics    
  (949) 824-5398


D3D tokamak
DIII-D tokamak


Professor Heidbrink earned his B.A. degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1977. For the next two years he performed industrial research in pulsed power at Maxwell Laboratories. In 1984, he received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. After working as a staff member on the TFTR tokamak   (Princeton) and the DIII-D tokamak (General Atomics), he joined the UCI Physics Department in 1988. He was the 1995 recipient of the Lauds & Laurels award for Distinguished Teaching and was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1996. In 2004, he received the Excellence in Plasma Physics Research award from the American Physical Society.

Professor Heidbrink studies "fast" ions in magnetic fusion experiments. Instabilities that are driven unstable by the free energy in the fast-ion population are a major area of study. Other important topics include diagnostic development and measurements of fast-ion confinement. The work is conducted on four facilities. The DIII-D tokamak   in San Diego is the leading magnetic fusion facility in the USA. The properties of fast ions in a spherical tokamak are measured in the NSTX device   at Princeton. Experiments involving the basic physics of fast ions are conducted in the Large Plasma Device at UCLA.

In addition to his research, Professor Heidbrink enjoys teaching all levels of the curriculum, from large introductory courses to graduate plasma physics. He also trains undergraduates to perform physics assemblies in neighboring elementary and middle schools.

  UCI Physics Assemblies Program

  Recent Publications

  Ph.D. Students and Recent Dissertations

e-mail:   wwheidbr@uci.edu

Last update,  Sep.2007 

NSTX device
LAPD device