Dr. Michael Cole is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Theory Department of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in 2016 from Greifswald University in Germany, for work on gyrokinetic simulations of fusion devices conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics. He developed and implemented hybrid simulation models, and applied them to problems in energetic particle physics. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics from Imperial College London and subsequently worked as a research intern at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in Oxfordshire, UK.
At Princeton he continues to work on gyrokinetic simulation applied to non-axisymmetric fusion devices, such as the optimized stellarator Wendelstein 7-X in Greifswald. He is currently working with Dr. Robert Hager in the group of Prof. Choong-Seock Chang at PPPL to extend the XGC1 gyrokinetic code for stellarator geometry, including the plasma edge region. One application of this work is understanding the physics of the complex island divertors required for steady state operation of Wendelstein 7-X. He is also interested in modeling neoclassical and turbulent transport in stellarators numerically.