Francesca Bombarda

Francesca Bombarda

Francesca Bombarda received her Doctoral Degree in Physics cum laude from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and is currently a Senior Research Scientist at ENEAFrascati Laboratories. Experimental activities on tokamak plasmas at present involve studies on mitigation of Runaway Electrons; plasma spectroscopy in the EUV and SXR spectral ranges; the development of innovative plasma diagnostics, e.g. based on diamond detectors or THz TDS. From 1993 through 2008 she was a Visiting Scientist at the M.I.T., initially at PSFC on the Alcator C-Mod tokamak, and later in the High-Energy Plasmas Group with Prof. B. Coppi, as part of the ENEA support to the Ignitor Project. In the framework of that activity, she was part of the ENEA-ORNL collaboration to develop a fast pellet injector for Ignitor. Previously she designed and built a 2D high resolution crystal spectrometer for FTU, and contributed to the construction of the High Resolution Curved Crystal Spectrometer, one of the largest in the world (focal length ~ 25 m), for JET. Other areas of interest include transport simulations, plasma-wall interaction, conceptual design of stress-reduced magnetic coils, possible paths for fusion with polarized atoms.