Faculty Profile

Environmental Studies Faculty

Alain Brizard, PhD

Professor of Physics

Ph.D. Princeton University
M.Sc. Quebec University
B.Sc. Sherbrooke University

Areas of Expertise:

Space, fusion and astrophysical plasma physics, astrophysics and cosmology (theoretical physics).

Chief Research Interests:

Space, fusion and astrophysical plasma physics, astrophysics and cosmology (theoretical physics).

Making a Splash:

I’m the adviser to the new Saint Michael’s College Water Polo Club

Alain Brizard, professor of physics, had two articles accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Physics of Plasmas: "Monte Carlo implementation of a guiding-center Fokker-Planck kinetic equation" in a collaboration with physicists from Aalto University (Finland); and "Beyond linear gyrocenter polarization in gyrokinetic theory." A third publication, "Exact conservation laws for the truncated gyrokinetic Vlasov-Poisson equations," in a collaboration with N. Tronko (York Plasma Institute, UK), also was published in the Proceedings of the 40th European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics (held in Helsinki, Finland, in June 2013). Alain's second textbook, Ray Tracing and Beyond: Phase-space Methods in Plasma Wave Theory, written in collaboration with A.N. Kaufman (Berkeley), E.R. Tracy (William and Mary), and A.S. Richardson (Naval Research Lab), was submitted to Cambridge University Press (with a tentative release date of January 2014). Lastly, Alain gave a seminar, "Guiding-center effects in gyrokinetic momentum conservation laws for axisymmetric tokamak plasmas," at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab on August 22.


Alain Brizard, professor of physics, had two papers accepted for publication this summer: "Action-angle coordinates for the pendulum," to be published in Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation, and comment on "Geometric phase of the gyromotion for charged particles in a time-dependent magnetic field" (with Loic de Guillebon), to be published in Physics of Plasmas. Alain also presented the seminar "Beyond linear polarization in gyrokinetic theory" at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (Princeton University) on July 31, 2012, and the Center for Theoretical Physics Luminy (Marseille, France) on July 18, 2012. Lastly, he submitted the following manuscripts for publication in Physics of Plasmas: "Gyrokinetic momentum conservation in truncated gyrokinetic Vlasov-Maxwell theory" (with Natalia Tronko, CFSA, Warwick University, UK), "Equivalent representations of higher-order Hamiltonian guiding-center theory" (with Natalia Tronko, CFSA, Warwick University, UK), and "Hamiltonian formulation of reduced Vlasov-Maxwell equations" (with Cristel Chandre and Emanuele Tassi, CPT Luminy, France).

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