Gerald Navratil

Courses Taught


I hope students who take my classes develop an appreciation for the subject of plasma physics. The vast majority of the universe is in the plasma state, and the unique behavior of this medium has important comsequences in astrophysics, lighting, fusion energy, and semiconductor processing. Most of the students who register for my classes are majors in applied physics, physics, or applied mathematics, and come prepared to put in the effort needed to understand the material and keep up with the homework and the lectures.


"Prof. Navratil started teaching at Columbia in July 1977. This is his 22nd year here. His research concentrates on applying experimental plasma physics to the problem of developing controlled thermonuclear fusion as a source of energy. The national research program to develop fusion energy is now more than forty years old and has been receiving substantial amounts of federal funding since the period of energy shortage in the mid-1970's. Fusion energy has the potential to provide a virtually unlimited source of power with a very plentiful fuel supply (deuterium and lithium) and a greatly reduced environmental impact. My particular area of interest is in the equilibrium and stability properties of high pressure magnetically confined plasmas in toroidal systems and my graduate students and I carry out our work with my colleague at the HBT-EP tokamak experiment in the Columbia Plasma Physics Laboratory. For more details see I also work on major fusion energy experiments carried out on the new NSTX facility (see ) at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and on the DIII-D tokamak (see ttp:// ) at General Atomics in San Diego. "


B.S., California Institute of Technology, 1973; M.S., Wisconsin, 1974; Ph.D., 1976

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