Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Distinguished Research Fellow



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726Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus






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.



Simons L, Cowley C, Fuller P, et al., 2021, Modelling dust transport in DIII-D with DTOKS-Upgrade, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, Vol:63, ISSN:0741-3335, Pages:1-14

James L, Coppins M, 2020, Suppression of the ion drag force on dust in magnetized plasmas, Physics of Plasmas, Vol:27, ISSN:1070-664X, Pages:1-9

Simons L, Coppins M, 2020, Modeling of spherical dust charging in collisionless magnetized plasmas with DiMPl, Physics of Plasmas, Vol:27, ISSN:1070-664X, Pages:1-10

Abbas G, Allen JE, Coppins M, et al., 2020, A study of the propagation of a solitary wave along the magnetic field in a cold collision-free plasma, Physics of Plasmas, Vol:27, ISSN:1070-664X

Holgate JT, Coppins M, 2020, Enhancement of droplet ejection from molten and liquid plasma-facing surfaces by the electric field of the sheath*, Journal of Physics D-applied Physics, Vol:53, ISSN:0022-3727

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