Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Reader in Physics



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Michael Coppins is a Reader in Physics working in the field of dusty plasmas. His work is theoretical/computational and focuses on two areas:

1) basic dust-plasma interactions (e.g., dust charging; dust in magnetized plasmas; non-spherical dust; misty plasmas), and

2) dust in tokamaks (simulations using the DTOKS tokamak dust transport code, developed at Imperial College).

He is the lead Principle Investigator on an EPSRC funded project on “Dust in Magnetized Plasmas” in collaboration with the Universities of York and Liverpool.



He currently teaches the 2nd year electromagnetism course, but has also taught many other core courses in physics.  In addition he lectures at the Culham Summer School in Plasma Physics.



Holgate J, Coppins M, 2018, Shapes, stability and hysteresis of rotating and charged axisymmetric drops in vacuum, Physics of Fluids, Vol:30, ISSN:1070-6631

Holgate J, Coppins M, 2018, Numerical implementation of a cold-ion, Boltzmann-electron model for nonplanar plasma-surface interactions, Physics of Plasmas, Vol:25, ISSN:1070-664X

Holgate JT, Coppins M, 2018, Electron emission from electrically isolated spheres, Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B, Vol:36, ISSN:1071-1023

Holgate J, Coppins M, Allen JE, 2018, Electrohydrodynamic stability of a plasma-liquid interface, Applied Physics Letters, Vol:112, ISSN:1077-3118


Somboonkittichai N, Coppins M, 2017, Conceptual Study of Possibility for Droplets to Achieve Superheated in Edge Tokamak Plasmas, Siam Physics Congress (SPC), IOP PUBLISHING LTD, ISSN:1742-6588

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