Luca Comisso

  • phone: 609-243-2713
  • email: lcomisso@princeton.edu

Luca Comisso is a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Astrophysical Sciences of Princeton University, and is a long-term visitor at the Theory Department of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in 2014 from the Politecnico di Torino, working on fluid and gyrofluid models of magnetic reconnection. At Princeton he is continuing to work on the theory of magnetic reconnection and its implications for astrophysical and laboratory plasmas.

The main research contributions of Dr. Comisso, and his collaborators, include: the formulation of the general theory of the plasmoid instability, the development of a theory of forced magnetic reconnection mediated by the plasmoid instability, the advancement of a theoretical model for the reconnection of magnetic field lines in relativistic electron-positron plasmas, the generalization of the frozen-in theorem to nonideal relativistic plasmas, and the discovery of the magnetic reconnection acceleration induced by the ion gyro-motion.