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 JT, Coppins M, 2017, Field-Induced and Thermal Electron Currents from Earthed Spherical Emitters, Physical Review Applied, Vol:7, ISSN:2331-7019

Holgate JT, Coppins M, 2016, Charging of nonspherical macroparticles in a plasma, Physical Review E, Vol:93, ISSN:2470-0045

Rizopoulou N, Robinson APL, Coppins M, et al., 2015, Charging of large dust grains in flowing plasmas, Physical Review E, Vol:91, ISSN:1539-3755

Rizopoulou N, Robinson APL, Coppins M, et al., 2014, Electron emission in a source-collector sheath system: A kinetic study, Physics of Plasmas, Vol:21, ISSN:1070-664X

Rizopoulou N, Robinson APL, Coppins M, et al., 2013, A kinetic study of the source-collector sheath system in a drifting plasma, Plasma Sources Science & Technology, Vol:22, ISSN:0963-0252

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