Alessandro Marinoni

Research Scientist

General Atomics, 13-357



Ph.D. Physics, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne (Switzerland) 2009
M.Sc. Nuclear Engineering, Polytechnic of Milan, Milan (Italy) 2004


Magnetic confinement fusion, plasma fluctuation diagnostics design and construction, signal processing, transport and gyro-kinetic modeling, Monte-Carlo modeling of nuclear fission reactors


Dr. Marinoni research interests include on anomalous transport in magnetically confined plasmas,  focusing on both experimental and modeling/theoretical aspects.

His current primary responsibility is to measure density fluctuations on the DIII-D tokamak using the Phase Contrast Imaging diagnostic. Additional research is devoted to designing and executing experiments in DIII-D, as well as using advanced modeling tools for analysis.


For a complete list, see Google Scholar.

A. Marinoni, M.E. Austin, A.W. Hyatt, M.L. Walker, J.Candy, C. Chrystal, C.J. Lasnier, G.R. McKee, T. Odstrc̆il, C.C. Petty, M. Porkolab, J.C. Rost, O. Sauter, S.P. Smith, G.M. Staebler, C. Sung, K.E. Thome, A.D. Turnbull, L. Zeng, and the DIII-D Team “H-mode grade confinement in L-mode edge plasmas at negative triangularity on DIII-D”, Phys. Plasmas 26 (2019) 

M. E. Austin, A. Marinoni, M. L. Walker, M. W. Brookman, J. S. deGrassie, A. W. Hyatt, G. R. McKee, C. C. Petty, T. L. Rhodes, S. P. Smith, C. Sung, K. E. Thome, and A. D. Turnbull, “Achievement of reactor-relevant performance in negative triangularity shape in the DIII-D tokamak”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 122 (2019) 115001

A. Marinoni, R.I. Pinsker, M. Porkolab, J.C. Rost, E. Davis, K.H. Burrell, J. Candy, G.M. Staebler, B.A. Grierson, G.R. McKee, T.L. Rhodes, and The DIII–D Team, “The effect of electron cyclotron heating on density fluctuations at ion and electron scales in ITER baseline scenario discharges on the DIII–D tokamak”, Nucl. Fusion 57 (2017) 126014.

A. Marinoni, J.C. Rost, M. Porkolab, A.E. Hubbard, T.H. Osborne, A.E. White, D.G. Whyte, T.L. Rhodes, E.M. Davis, D.R. Ernst, K.H. Burrell and the DIII-D team, “Characterization of density fluctuations during the search for an I-mode regime on the DIII--D tokamak”, Nucl. Fusion 55 (2015) 093019

A. Marinoni, G. Girardin and K. Mikityuk, “Analysis of the BN-600 fast-spectrum core mock-up at BFS-2 zero-power facility using MCNPX”, Annals Nucl. Energy 44 (2012) 26

A. Marinoni, S. Brunner, Y. Camenen, S. Coda, J. P. Graves, X. Lapillonne, A. Pochelon, O. Sauter, and L. Villard, “The effect of plasma triangularity on turbulent transport: modeling TCV experiments by linear and non-linear gyrokinetic simulations”, Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 51 (2009) 055016

A. Marinoni, S. Coda, R. Chavan, and G Pochon, “Design of a tangential phase contrast imaging diagnostic for the TCV tokamak”, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 77 (2006) 10E929

A. Marinoni, P. Mantica, D. Van Eester, F. Imbeaux, M. Mantsinen, N. Hawkes, E. Joffrin, V. Kiptily, S.D. Pinches, A. Salmi, S. Sharapov, I. Voitsekhovitch, P. De Vries, K.D. Zastrow, and JET-EFDA contributors, “Analysis and modelling of power modulation experiments in JET plasmas with internal transport barriers”, Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 48 (2006) 1469

Talks & Media

APS press release (to be published)