Dr. Nikolai Gorelenkov, Н. Н. Гореленков, is a principal research physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). He is an energetic particle (EP) science focus-group leader. He has supervised four graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Gorelenkov has a B.A. from Moscow State University and Ph.D. in physics from Russian Scientific Center, Kurchatov Institute.
In his scientific carrier, Dr. Gorelenkov was involved in studies of energetic particle (EP) interactions with various types of plasma waves. Many aspects of these studies focused on developing theories and numerical tools to study EP driven instabilities, induced EP transport, current drive, effects on plasma performance etc. He was applying these tools to present day experiments for validations. Currently Nikolai is working on the Quasi-Linear (QL) wave-particle resonance broadening code coupled to the hybrid kinetic/MHD codes NOVA/NOVA-K.
He was selected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2012 and was awarded with the Kaul's prize for excellence in plasma physics in 2007.