Adam QingYang Kuang

Visiting Scientist



PhD, Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Bachelor of Science, Physics, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with First Class Honours, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

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The study of scrape-off layer transport using probe based diagnostics with emphasis on the impact of divertor plasma conditions on scrape-off layer cross-field particle transport.

The development of heat exhaust management systems for fusion reactor scenarios.


Kuang, A. Q., LaBombard, B., Brunner, D., Garcia, O.E., Kube, R., Theodorsen, A. (2018). Plasma fluctuations in the scrape-off layer and at the divertor target in Alcator C-Mod and their relationship to divertor collisionality and density shoulder formation. Nuclear Materials and Energy. Submitted.

Kuang, A. Q., Cao, N. M., Creely, A. J., Dennett, C. A., Hecla, J., Hoffman, H., … Whyte, D. G. (2018). Conceptual design study for heat exhaust management in the ARC fusion pilot plant. Fusion Engineering and Design. Accepted.

Kuang, A. Q., Brunner, D., LaBombard, B., Leccacorvi, R., & Vieira, R. (2018). The flush-mounted rail Langmuir probe array designed for the Alcator C-Mod vertical target plate divertor. Review of Scientific Instruments. 89, 043512. DOI: 10.1063/1.5023905

Kuang, A. Q., Brunner, D., LaBombard, B., Leccacorvi, R., & Vieira, R. (2017). Design and operation of a high-heat flux, flush-mounted “rail”Langmuir probe array on Alcator C-Mod. Nuclear Materials and Energy, 12, 1231–1235. DOI: 10.1016/j.nme.2016.08.014

Kuang, A., Sridhar, A., Garven, J., Gutschmidt, S., Rodgers, G. W., Chase, J. G., Gavin, H. P., Nigbor, R. L., MacRae, G. A. (2014). Christchurch Women's Hospital: Performance Analysis of the Base-Isolation System during the Series of Canterbury Earthquakes 2011-2012. Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 30(4), 04015096. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0000846

Brunner, D., LaBombard, B., Kuang, A.Q., Terry, J. (2018). High-resolution heat flux width measurements at reactor-level magnetic fields and observation of a unified width scaling across confinement regimes in the Alcator C-Mod tokamak. Nuclear Fusion. DOI: 10.1088/1741-4326/aad0d6

Brunner, D., Kuang, A.Q., LaBombard, B., Terry, J. (2018). The dependence of divertor power sharing on magnetic flux balance in near double-null configurations on Alcator C-Mod. Nuclear Fusion (58). DOI: 10.1088/1741-4326/aac006

Kube, R., Garcia, O. E., Theodorsen, A., Brunner, D., Kuang, A. Q., LaBombard, B., Terry, J. L. (2018). Intermittent electron density and temperature fluctuations and associated fluxes in the Alcator C-Mod scrape-off layer. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. 60(6). DOI: 10.1088/1361-6587/aab726.

Wigram, M., LaBombard, B., Umansky, M. V., Kuang, A. Q., Brunner, D., Terry, J. L., Golfinopoulos, T., Rensink, M. E., Whyte, D. G. (2018). UEDGE modelling of detached divertor operation for long-leg divertor geometries in ARC. Contributions to Plasma Physics. DOI: 10.1002/ctpp.201700178.

McCarthy, W., LaBombard, B., Brunner, D., & Kuang, A. Q. (2018). An experimental assessment of methods used to compute secondary electron emission yield for tungsten and molybdenum electrodes based on exposure to Alcator C-Mod scrape-off layer plasmas. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. DOI: 10.1088/1361-6587/aaa51c

Brunner, D., Kuang, A. Q., LaBombard, B., & Burke, W. (2017). Linear servomotor probe drive system with real-time self-adaptive position control for the Alcator C-Mod tokamak. Review of Scientific Instruments, 88(7), 73501. DOI: 10.1063/1.4990043

Brunner, D., Wolfe, S. M., LaBombard, B., Kuang, A. Q., Lipschultz, B., Reinke, M. L., … Terry, J. L. (2017). Surface heat flux feedback controlled impurity seeding experiments with Alcator C-Mod’s high-Z vertical target plate divertor: performance, limitations and implications for fusion power reactors. Nuclear Fusion, 57(8), 86030. DOI: 10.1088/1741-4326/aa7923

LaBombard, B., Kuang, A. Q., Brunner, D., Faust, I., Mumgaard, R., Reinke, M. L., … Chilenski, M. (2017). Impurity screening behavior of the high-field side scrape-off layer in near-double- null configurations: prospect for mitigating plasma–material interactions on RF actuators and first-wall components. Nuclear Fusion, 57(7), 76021. DOI: 10.1088/1741-4326/aa6dd2

LaBombard, B., Kuang, A. Q., Brunner, D., Faust, I., Mumgaard, R., Reinke, M. L., … Chilenski, M. (2017). High-field side scrape-off layer investigation: Plasma profiles and impurity screening behavior in near-double- null configurations. Nuclear Materials and Energy, 12, 139–147. DOI: 10.1016/j.nme.2016.10.006

Tinguely, R. A., Granetz, R. S., Berg, A., Kuang, A. Q., Brunner, D., & LaBombard, B. (2017). High-resolution disruption halo current measurements using Langmuir probes in Alcator C-Mod. Nuclear Fusion, 58(1), 16005. DOI: 10.1088/1741-4326/aa8fa6

Brunner, D., Burke, W., Kuang, A. Q., LaBombard, B., Lipschultz, B., & Wolfe, S. (2016). Feedback system for divertor impurity seeding based on real-time measurements of surface heat flux in the Alcator C-Mod tokamak. Review of Scientific Instruments, 87(2), 23504. DOI: 10.1063/1.4941047

Faust, I. C., Brunner, D., LaBombard, B., Parker, R. R., Terry, J. L., Whyte, D. G., … Hughes, J. W. (2016). Lower hybrid wave edge power loss quantification on the Alcator C-Mod tokamak. Physics of Plasmas, 23(5), 56115. DOI: 10.1063/1.4951736

Zhou, C., Chase, J. G., Rodgers, G. W., Kuang, A., Gutschmidt, S., Xu, C. (2015). Performance evaluation of CWH base isolated building during two major earthquakes in Christchurch. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 48(4), 264. EID: 2-s2.0-85019986266

Sridhar, A., Kuang, A., Garven, J., Gutschmidt, S., Chase, J. G., Gavin, H. P., Nigbor, R. L., Rodgers, G. W., MacRae, G. A. (2014). Christchurch women's hospital: Analysis of measured earthquake data during the 2011-2012 Christchurch earthquakes. Earthquake Spectra, 30(1), 383. DOI: 10.1193/021513EQS027M


TA for 22.071,  2015, 2016

Grader for 22.13,  2015


Talks & Media

Bridging the divide with technology (MIT News)

Connecting with students, teachers and research colleagues at APS-DPP (Milwaukee) (PSFC News)

Connecting with kids at AAAS (PSFC News)

Students advancing a future with carbon-free fusion (MIT News)

Student profile (U. Cantebury)

PSFC Local Outreach Programs Follow Recent National Efforts (PSFC)