Dr. Ernest Valeo is a Principal Research Physicist in the PPPL Theory Department. He received his BS in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his MA and PhD in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University. After a postdoctoral appointment at PPPL he took a staff appointment at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory working in inertial confinement fusion. He returned to PPPL in 1977. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society.
He has worked in multiple areas of plasma physics, including: linear and nonlinear wave propagation, with applications to RF heating, laser-plasma interaction, ionospheric physics, and reflectometry; transport in ICF plasmas; X-ray lasers; spin-polarized fusion.