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NERSC User James Drake Receives 2010 APS Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics

January 31, 2011

Long-time NERSC user James Drake has been awarded the 2010 James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics, the highest honor bestowed to plasma physicists by the American Physical Society (APS). Drake, a Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, has been a user of NERSC supercomputer systems for over a decade. He and his Maryland colleagues use NERSC resources to focus on two key problems in what is called “magnetic reconnection,” which refers to the breaking and topological rearrangement of magnetic field lines in a plasma. 

In 2010 alone Drake and his coworkers reported eight journal publications arising from computations using NERSC resources. Drake is a leading investigator on the NERSC project "Turbulence, Transport and Magnetic Reconnection in High Temperature Plasma," which is funded by the Department of Energy's Office of Fusion Energy Science (FES).

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