Darren Craig, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Physics, Department Chair
On Faculty since 2006

Office: Science Center 358
Phone: (630)752-7116
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Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison , Ph. D., Physics, 1998

Michigan State University , B. S., Physics, with high honor 1994

About Darren Craig

Dr. Craig is an experimental plasma physicist. Dr. Craig is married and has two children. He enjoys playing drums, working on home improvement projects, and fishing when he gets the chance.

Courses Taught

  • PHYS 231 - Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 294 - Physics and Engineering Seminar
  • PHYS 321 - Meth Methods for Physics and Engineering I
  • PHYS 334 - Computer Modeling of Physical Systems
  • PHYS 335 - Modern Science Skills Lab
  • PHYS 342 - Electromagnetic Theory
  • PHYS 343 - Experimental Physics
  • PHYS 344 - Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 353 - Introductory Optics
  • PHYS 354 - Advanced Optics
  • PHYS 359 - Thermodynamics
  • PHYS 362 - Plasma Physics

  • ASTR 302 - Stellar Astronomy

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Physical Society
  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • American Scientific Affiliation
  • American Astronomical Society
  • University Fusion Association

Research

Dr. Craig is an experimental plasma physicist. His research is on problems important for the confinement of hot plasmas for magnetic fusion energy and related problems in naturally occuring plasmas in space and astrophysics.

Ph.D. Dissertation

D. Craig, Controlling Fluctuations and Transport in the Reversed Field Pinch with Edge Current Drive and Plasma Biasing, Ph.D. thesis, University of Wisconsin - Madison (1998).

Refereed Journal Articles (since 2010)

M.M. Baltzer, D. Craig, D.J. Den Hartog, T. Nishizawa, and M.D. Nornberg, “Absolute wavelength calibration of a Doppler spectrometer with a custom Fabry-Perot optical system,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 87, 11E509 (2016).

T. Nishizawa, M.D. Nornberg, D.J. Den Hartog, and D. Craig, “Upgrading a high-throughput spectrometer for high-frequency (<400 kHz) measurements,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 87, 11E530 (2016).

X. Feng, M.D. Nornberg, D. Craig, D.J. Den Hartog, and S.P. Oliva, “Spectroscopic determination of the composition of a 50 kV hydrogen diagnostic neutral beam,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 87, 11E543 (2016).

J.S. Sarff, A.F. Almagri, J.K. Anderson, M. Borchardt, W. Cappechi, D. Carmody, K. Caspary, B.E. Chapman, D.J. Den Hartog, J. Duff, S. Eilerman, A. Falkowski, C.B. Forest, M. Galante, J.A. Goetz, D.J. Holly, J. Koliner, S. Kumar, J.D. Lee, D. Liu, K.J. McCollam, M. McGarry, V.V. Mirnov, L. Morton, S. Munaretto, M.D. Nornberg, P.D. Nonn, S.P. Oliva, E. Parke, M.J. Pueschel, J.A. Reusch, J.P. Sauppe, A. Seltzman, C.R. Sovinec, D. Stone, D. Theucks, M. Thomas, J. Triana, P.W. Terry, J. Waksman, G.C. Whelan, D.L. Brower, W.X. Ding, L. Lin, D.R. Demers, P. Fimognari, J. Titus, F. Auriemma, S. Cappello, P. Franz, P. Innocente, R. Lorenzini, E. Martines, B. Momo, P. Piovesan, M. Puiatti, M. Spolaore, D. Terranova, P. Zanca, V.I. Davydenko, P. Deichuli, A.A. Ivanov, S. Polosatkin, N.V. Stupishin, D. Spong, D. Craig, H. Stephens, R.W. Harvey, M. Cianciosa, J.D. Hanson, B.N. Breizman, M. Li, and L.J. Zheng, “Overview of results from the MST reversed field pinch experiment,” Nucl. Fusion 55, 104006 (2015).

M.S. Cartolano, D. Craig, D.J. Den Hartog, S.T.A. Kumar, and M.D. Nornberg, “Statistical analysis of variations in impurity ion heating at reconnection events in the Madison Symmetric Torus,” Phys. Plasmas 21, 012510 (2014).

J.S. Sarff, A.F. Almagri, J.K. Anderson, M. Borchardt, D. Carmody, K. Caspary, B.E. Chapman, D.J. Den Hartog, J. Duff, S. Eilerman, A. Falkowski, C.B. Forest, J.A. Goetz, D.J. Holly, J.-H. Kim, J. King, J. Ko, J. Koliner, S. Kumar, J.D. Lee, D. Liu, R. Magee, K.J. McCollam, M. McGarry, V.V. Mirnov, M.D. Nornberg, P.D. Nonn, S.P. Oliva, E. Parke, J.A. Reusch, J.P. Sauppe, A. Seltzman, C.R. Sovinec, H. Stephens, D. Stone, D. Theucks, M. Thomas, J. Triana, P.W. Terry, J. Waksman, D.L. Brower, W.X. Ding, L. Lin, D.R. Demers, P. Fimognari, J. Titus, S. Cappello, P. Franz, P. Innocente, R. Lorenzini, E. Martines, B. Momo, P. Piovesan, M. Puiatti, M. Spolaore, D. Terranova, P. Zanca V. Belykh, V.I. Davydenko, P. Deichuli, A.A. Ivanov, S. Polosatkin, N.V. Stupishin, D. Spong, D. Craig, R.W. Harvey, M. Cianciosa, and J.D. Hanson, “Overview of results from the MST reversed field pinch experiment,” Nucl. Fusion 53, 104017 (2013).

S.T.A. Kumar, A.F. Almagri, D. Craig, D.J. Den Hartog, M.D. Nornberg, J.S. Sarff, and P.W. Terry, “Charge-to-mass-ratio-dependent ion heating during magnetic reconnection in the MST RFP,” Physics of Plasmas 20, 056501 (2013).

S.T.A. Kumar, D.J. Den Hartog, V.V. Mirnov, K.J. Caspary, R.M. Magee, D.L. Brower, B.E. Chapman, D. Craig, W.X. Ding, S. Eilerman, G. Fiksel, L. Lin, M. Nornberg, E. Parke, J.A. Resuch, and J.S. Sarff, “Classical confinement and outward convection of impurity ions in the MST RFP,” Physics of Plasmas 19, 056121 (2012).

S.T.A. Kumar, D.J. Den Hartog, B.E. Chapman, M. O’Mullane, M. Nornberg, D. Craig, S. Eilerman, G. Fiksel, E. Parke, and J. Reusch, “High resolution charge-exchange spectroscopic measurements of aluminum ions in a high temperature plasma,” Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 54, 012002 (2012).

S.T.A. Kumar, D.J. Den Hartog, K.J. Caspary, R.M. Magee, V.V. Mirnov, B.E. Chapman, D. Craig, G. Fiksel, and J.S. Sarff, “Classical Impurity Ion Confinement in a Toroidal Magnetized Fusion Plasma,” Physical Review Letters 108, 125006 (2012).

S.T.A. Kumar, D.J. Den Hartog, R.M. Magee, G. Fiksel, and D. Craig, ”Behaviour of carbon and boron impurities in the Madison Symmetric Torus,” Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 53, 032001 (2011).

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Seminar and Colloquia Presentations

“The Wheaton Impulsive Reconnection Experiment,” Plasma Physics Group Meeting, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2008.

“Magnetic Reconnection: A Hot Topic in Plasma Physics,” Physics Department Seminar, Wheaton College, 2006.

“Motional Stark Effect Measurements of Magnetic Field in MST,” Atomic Physics Seminar, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2002.

“Measuring Fluctuations and Transport in the Core of MST,” Plasma Physics Seminar, Columbia University, 1999.

“Electrostatic Current Injection in the MST,” Plasma Physics Seminar, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1998. Invited Conference Presentations “Momentum Transport and Flow Generation from Stochastic Magnetic Fields,” General Meeting of the Center on Magnetic Self-Organization in Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas, Manchester, NH, 2007.

“Ion Heating During Reconnection Events in MST,” Invited Talk, April Meeting of the American Physical Society, Dallas, TX, 2006.

“Reconnection and Transport in MST,” Invited Talk, Easter Meeting on Stability and Confinement of Magnetized Plasmas, Turin, Italy, 2005.

“Turbulence and Its Effects in Reversed Field Pinch Plasmas,” Invited Talk, Meeting on the Interrelations between Plasma Experiments in Laboratory and Space, Whitefish, MT, 2003.

“An Overview of Recent RFP Research,” Invited Talk, Innovative Confinement Concepts Workshop, Seattle, WA, 2003.

“Momentum Transport in the MST Reversed Field Pinch,” Invited Talk, Joint U.S.-European Transport Task Force Workshop, Fairbanks, AK, 2001.

“Controlling Edge Resonant Modes and Transport in the MST Reversed Field Pinch,” Invited Talk, Meeting of the American Physical Society - Division of Plasma Physics, Seattle, WA, 1999.

“Improved Confinement Regimes and the Importance of Flows in the Reversed Field Pinch,” Invited Talk, Joint U.S.-European Transport Task Force Workshop, Atlanta, GA, 1998.

Contributed Conference Presentations

“First Results from the Wheaton Impulsive Reconnection Experiment,” April Meeting of the American Physical Society, Washington, D.C., 2010.

“First Results from the Wheaton Impulsive Reconnection Experiment,” Meeting of the American Physical Society – Division of Plasma Physics, Atlanta, GA, 2009.

“The Wheaton Impulsive Reconnection Experiment,” April Meeting of the American Physical Society, Denver, CO, 2009.

“The Wheaton Impulsive Reconnection Experiment,” Meeting of the American Physical Society– Division of Plasma Physics, Dallas, TX, 2008.

“Spectral Motional Stark Effect Measurements in MST,” Meeting of the American Physical Society – Division of Plasma Physics, Philadelphia, PA, 2006.

“Ion Confinement and Heating in the MST Reversed Field Pinch,” European Physical Society Conference on Controlled Fusion and Plasma Physics, Rome, Italy, 2006.

“Overview of Physics Advances in MST,” Innovative Confinement Concepts Workshop, Austin, TX, 2006.

“Measurement of Hall Effects During Reconnection in the Madison Symmetric Torus,” Fall American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2005.

“Driven and Spontaneous Reconnection in the Lab and in Astrophysics,” Meeting of the American Physical Society – Division of Plasma Physics, Denver, CO, 2005.

“Experimental Tests of Two-Fluid Relaxation,” General Meeting of the Center on Magnetic Self-Organization in Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas, Princeton, NJ, 2005.

“Driven and Spontaneous Reconnection in MST,” General Meeting of the Center on MagneticSelf Organization in Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas, San Diego, CA, 2005.

“Fast Motional Stark Effect Measurements in MST,” Meeting of the American Physical Society – Division of Plasma Physics, Savannah, GA, 2004.

“New Observations Concerning the Origin and Consequences of MHD Activity in the MST Reversed Field Pinch,” Fusion Energy Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Lisboa, Portugal, 2004.

“Momentum Transport,” General Meeting of the Center on Magnetic Self-Organization in Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas, Madison, WI, 2004.

“Ion Heating in MST,” International Reversed Field Pinch Workshop, Padova, Italy, 2004.

“A High Throughput Spectrometer for Fast Localized Doppler Measurements,” High Temperature Plasma Diagnostics Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2004.

“MST Progress and Plans,” Meeting of the American Physical Society - Division of Plasma Physics, Albuquerque, NM, 2003.

“Momentum Transport,” Planning Meeting for the Center on Magnetic Self-Organization in Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas, Chicago, IL, 2003.

“An Overview of Momentum Transport in Laboratory Plasmas,” Topical Planning Meeting for the Center on Magnetic Self-Organization in Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas, Princeton, NJ, 2003.

“Advances in Our Understanding of Fluctuation-Induced Transport,” International Reversed Field Pinch Workshop, Tsukuba, Japan, 2003.

“Spectral Motional Stark Effect Measurements in MST,” Meeting of the American Physical Society - Division of Plasma Physics, Orlando, FL, 2002. “The Environment for ADAS at the University of Wisconsin - Madison,” Atomic Data and
Analysis Structure (ADAS) Workshop, Cadarache, France, 2002.

“Auxiliary Heating and Current Drive in the MST Reversed Field Pinch,” European Physical Society Conference on Controlled Fusion and Plasma Physics, Montreux, Switzerland, 2002.

“Non-reversed Discharges - A Tool for Understanding Reversed Field Pinch Physics,” Meeting of the American Physical Society - Division of Plasma Physics, Long Beach, CA, 2001.

“The Importance of Multi-Mode Control in the Reversed Field Pinch,” Workshop on Active MHD Control, Princeton, NJ, 2000.

“Localized Measurements of Impurity Ion Dynamics in MST,” Meeting of the American Physical Society - Division of Plasma Physics, Quebec City, Canada, 2000.

“First CHERS and MSE Results from the MST Reversed Field Pinch,” Topical Conference on High Temperature Plasma Diagnostics, Tucson, AZ, 2000.

“Transport Reduction in the MST Reversed Field Pinch via Plasma Edge Control,” European Physical Society Conference on Controlled Fusion and Plasma Physics, Budapest, Hungary, 2000.

“Understanding and Controlling Edge Resonant Modes in MST,” International Reversed Field Pinch Workshop, Madison, WI, 2000.

“Generation and Evolution of Plasma Flow in the Reversed Field Pinch,” Innovative Confinement Concepts Workshop, San Fransisco, CA, 2000.

“Flow Structure and Dynamo in a Laboratory Plasma,” Meeting on the Interrelations between Plasma Experiments in Laboratory and Space, Kreuth, Germany, 1999.

“Spectroscopic Measurement of Plasma Flow Fluctuations and the MHD Dynamo in a Laboratory Plasma,” Centennial Meeting of the American Physical Society, Atlanta, GA, 1999.

“Response of Magnetic Fluctuations to Electrostatic Current Drive in MST,” Meeting of the American Physical Society - Division of Plasma Physics, New Orleans, LA, 1998.

“Electrostatic Current Injection in the MST Reversed Field Pinch,” Meeting of the American Physical Society - Division of Plasma Physics, Pittsburgh, PA, 1997.

“Electrostatic Current Injection for Current Profile Control and Confinement Improvement in MST,” Joint U.S.-European Transport Task Force Workshop, Madison, WI, 1997.

“Electrostatic Current Injection for Current Profile Control and Fluctuation Reduction in MST,” Meeting of the American Physical Society - Division of Plasma Physics, Denver, CO, 1996.

“Current Profile Control and Fluctuation Reduction in MST via Electrostatic Current Injection,” IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science, Boston, MA, 1996.

“Current Profile Control and Fluctuation Reduction in MST via Electrostatic Current Injection,” Meeting of the American Physical Society - Division of Plasma Physics, Louisville, KY, 1995.

“Techniques in Data Analysis with the MSU 4π Array,” Argonne Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, 1991.

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