Alexis Devitre

Graduate Student



I am a graduate student in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering studying fusion materials with particle accelerators. I am especially interested in the degradation of coated (super)conductors under irradiation. To emulate the irradiation conditions in the ARC magnets, my collaborators and I are installing a setup for cryogenic proton irradiation and in-situ transport current measurements at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center. Before MIT, I worked on MHz electron and ion temperature measurements of edge-localized modes on the COMPASS tokamak and helped the development of a new wall conditioning strategy for the TJ-II Stellarator, combining Li and B films. When I was young and fit, I earned a black belt in Taekwondo and played for the Costa Rican national rugby team!


  • European Master in Fusion Science and Engineering Physics, Ghent University (2019).
  • Computer Science and Physics (double) undergraduate, University of Costa Rica (2013)

Awards & honors

  • Belgian Nuclear Society NIRAS-ONDRAF award for outstanding master’s thesis (2019)
  • Best oral presentation at the 2019 Joint Practicum (CEA-IRFM, France) and the Summer Training Course (IPP-CAS, Czech Republic).


G. Van Oost et al. (2020) "The European Master of Science in nuclear fusion and engineering physics (FUSION-EP): 15 years of experience." European Journal of Physics.

A. Devitre et al. (2020) "Boron synergies in lithium film performance," Nuclear Fusion

J. Adámek et al. (2020) "On the transport of edge localized mode filaments in the tokamak scrape-off layer," Nuclear Fusion

M. Komm et al. (2019), "Divertor impurity seeding experiments at the COMPASS tokamak," Nuclear Fusion.

J. Adámek et al. (2018) "Electron temperature and heat load measurements in the COMPASS divertor using the new system of probes," Nuclear Fusion

Weinzettl et al. (2017) "Progress in diagnostics of the COMPASS tokamak," Journal of Instrumentation

Grover et al. (2017) "First simultaneous measurements of Reynolds stress with ball-pen and Langmuir probe," Review of Scientific Instruments

J. Adámek et al. (2017) "Fast measurements of the electron temperature and parallel heat flux in ELMy H-mode on the COMPASS tokamak," Nuclear Fusion