Dr. Dylan Brennan joined the Theory Department in 2013 as a Research Scholar of Princeton University. Before coming to PPPL, Dr. Brennan was an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Tulsa. Before this, Dr. Brennan held a long term visiting collaborator position at General Atomics in the Theory and Computational Science Group, as a staff Research Scientist of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He initially joined General Atomics in 2000, where he held a postdoctoral fellowship with Oak ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE). Dr. Brennan received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Manchester, a M.S. in Applied Physics from Columbia University and a B.S. in Physics from State University of New York at Binghamton.
He leads a small research group focussed on theoretical and computational descriptions of the physics of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) instabilities, energetic particles, radiation, turbulence, and feedback control in magnetically confined plasmas. He was awarded a DOE Junior Faculty Award in 2007 and the Zelimir Schmidt award for research in 2012. During this time he studied various instabilities observed in the DIII-D tokamak experiment, most notably elucidating the physics mechanism by which the most deleterious instabilities to magnetic confinement (neoclassical tearing modes) spontaneously onset in the experiment. His graduate work focused on theoretical stability analyses of spheromak and spherical tokamak experiments, where he developed a MHD model for the driving instability to helicity injection which compared well with experimental data and explained the origins of the mode.