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MAST eruptionsFilament eruptionSteven Cowley became Director of the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in September 2008 and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in November 2009. He received his BA from Oxford University and his PhD from Princeton University. Professor Cowley's post-doctoral work was at Culham and he returned to Princeton in 1987. He joined the faculty at the University of California Los Angeles in 1993, rising to the rank of Full Professor in 2000. From 2001 to 2003 he led the plasma physics group at Imperial College, London. He remains a Professor at Imperial College and a member of the Plasma Physics Group. In 2012 he was awarded the Glazebrook Medal of the Institute of Physics.  He is a member of the Prime Minister's Council of Science and Technology.


Cowley SC, 2016, The quest for fusion power, Nature Physics, Vol:12, ISSN:1745-2473, Pages:384-386

Ham CJ, Cowley SC, Brochard G, et al., 2016, Nonlinear Stability and Saturation of Ballooning Modes in Tokamaks, Physical Review Letters, Vol:116, ISSN:0031-9007

Rincon F, Schekochihin AA, Cowley SC, 2015, Non-linear mirror instability, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol:447, ISSN:0035-8711, Pages:L45-L49

Cowley SC, Cowley B, Henneberg SA, et al., 2015, Explosive instability and erupting flux tubes in a magnetized plasma, Proceedings of the Royal Society A-mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, Vol:471, ISSN:1364-5021

Kunz MW, Schekochihin AA, Chen CHK, et al., 2015, Inertial-range kinetic turbulence in pressure-anisotropic astrophysical plasmas, Journal of Plasma Physics, Vol:81, ISSN:0022-3778

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