Journal Publications and Conference Proceedings

This is a list of journal publications, theses and conference proceedings that I have authored. They amount to a total of 24 peer-reviewed journal papers (6 as lead author), 3 conference proceedings, and 2 theses.

In the works

P. Rodriguez-Fernandez et al., invited paper for Nuclear Fusion, Special issue of Overviews and Summaries from the 2020 IAEA Fusion Energy Conference. (accepted)
P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, invited review paper for Reviews of Modern Plasma Physics.

First-author Publications

P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, S.B. Ballinger, D.T. Garnier, R. Granetz, M.J. Greenwald, Z.S. Hartwig, N.T. Howard, J.W. Hughes, J.H. Irby, A.Q. Kuang, Y. Lin, E.S. Marmar, C. Rea, J.E. Rice, J.A. Stillerman, R. Sweeney, R.A. Tinguely, D.G. Whyte, J.C. Wright, A.J. Creely, D. Brunner, C.P. Chrobak, R.T. Mumgaard, M.L. Reinke, V. Riccardo, S.D. Scott, B.N. Sorbom, D.V. Yuryev, V.A. Izzo, Overview of the SPARC physics basis towards the exploration of burning-plasma regimes in high-field, compact tokamaks”, Proceedings of the 28th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference, IAEA-CN-286 OV/P-4.

P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, N. T. Howard, M. J. Greenwald, A. J. Creely, J. W. Hughes, J. C. Wright, C. Holland, Y. Lin, F. Sciortino and the SPARC team, “Predictions of core plasma performance for the SPARC tokamak“, Journal of Plasma Physics, 86(5), 865860503 (2020).
Press releases: Special Issue, The New York Times

Ph.D. Thesis: Perturbative transport experiments and time-dependent modeling in Alcator C-Mod and DIII-D“, Ph.D. Thesis, MIT (2019).
Del Favero Doctoral Thesis Prize for most innovative thesis in the field, MIT News

P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, A. E. White, N. T. Howard, B. A. Grierson, L. Zeng, X. Yuan, G. M. Staebler, M. E. Austin, T. Odstrcil, T. L. Rhodes, F. Sciortino, J. E. Rice, K. Thome, C. Angioni, E. Fable and O. Meneghini, “Predict-first Experiments and Modeling of Perturbative Cold Pulses in the DIII-D Tokamak“, Phys. Plasmas 26, 062503 (2019).

P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, A. E. White, N. T. Howard, B. A. Grierson, X. Yuan, G. M. Staebler, J. E. Rice, C. Angioni, N. M. Cao, A. J. Creely, E. Fable, M. J. Greenwald, A. E. Hubbard, J. W. Hughes, J. H. Irby and F. Sciortino, “Perturbative Transport Modeling of Cold-Pulse Dynamics in Alcator C-Mod Ohmic Plasmas“, Nucl. Fusion 59, 066017 (2019).

P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, A. E. White, N. T. Howard, J. E. Rice, F. Sciortino, N. M. Cao, A. J. Creely, M. J. Greenwald, A. E. Hubbard, J. W. Hughes, J. H. Irby, X. Yuan, B. A. Grierson, G. M. Staebler, C. Angioni and E. Fable, “Modeling of Cold-Pulse Propagation and Associated Phenomena in Tokamak Plasmas“, Proceedings of the 27th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (Gandhinagar, India), IAEA-CN-258 EX/10-3.

P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, A. E. White, N. T. Howard, B. A. Grierson, G. M. Staebler, J. E. Rice, X. Yuan, N. M. Cao, M. J. Greenwald, A. E. Hubbard, J. W. Hughes, J. H. Irby and F. Sciortino, “Explaining cold-pulse dynamics in tokamak plasmas using local turbulent transport models“, Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 075001 (2018).
Press releases: MIT News, EuropaPress, Xataka
In the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric and in the top 10% of research outputs from PRL 

P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, A. E. White, A. J. Creely, M. J. Greenwald, N. T. Howard, F. Sciortino and J. C. Wright, “VITALS: A surrogate-based optimization framework for the accelerated validation of plasma transport codes“, Fusion Technol. 74:1-2, 65-76 (2018).

P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, J. E. Rice, N. M. Cao, A. J. Creely, N. T. Howard, A. E. Hubbard, J. H. Irby and A. E. White, “On the correlation between ‘non-local’ effects and intrinsic rotation reversals in Alcator C-Mod“, Nucl. Fusion 57, 074001 (2017).

M.Sc. Thesis: Development of shape-optimization tools for the aerodynamic design of turbomachinery blades“, Proyecto Fin de Carrera, E.T.S.I.I. UPM (2015).
UPM Cátedra Repsol Award for the best Master’s thesis project, link

P. Rodriguez-Fernandez and G. Persico, “Automatic design of ORC turbine profiles using evolutionary algorithms“, ASME ORC 3rd Int’l Seminar on ORC Power Systems, Brussels (Belgium), Oct 12-14 2015.


Co-authored Publications

N. T. Howard, P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, C. Holland, J. E. Rice, M. Greenwald, J. Candy, and F. Sciortino, “Gyrokinetic simulation of turbulence and transport in the SPARC tokamak“, Physics of Plasmas 28, 072502 (2021).

J. E. Rice , N. M. Cao, T. Tala, C. Chrystal , M. J. Greenwald, J. W. Hughes, E. S. Marmar, M. L. Reinke, P. Rodriguez-Fernandez and A. Salmi, “Dimensionless parameter scaling of intrinsic torque in C-Mod enhanced confinement plasmas“, Nucl. Fusion 61, 026013 (2021).

A. J. Creely, M. J. Greenwald, S. B. Ballinger, D. Brunner, J. Canik, J. Doody, T. Fülöp, D. T. Garnier, R. Granetz, T. K. Gray, C. Holland, N. T. Howard, J. W. Hughes, J. H. Irby, V. A. Izzo, G. J. Kramer, A. Q. Kuang, B. LaBombard, Y. Lin, B. Lipschultz, N. C. Logan, J. D. Lore, E. S. Marmar, K. Montes, R. T. Mumgaard, C. Paz-Soldan, C. Rea, M. L. Reinke, P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, K. Särkimäki, F. Sciortino, S. D. Scott, A. Snicker, P. B. Snyder, B. N. Sorbom, R. Sweeney, R. A. Tinguely, E. A. Tolman, M. Umansky, O. Vallhagen, J. Varje, D. G. Whyte, J. C. Wright, S. J. Wukitch, J. Zhu and the SPARC Team, “Overview of the SPARC Tokamak“, Journal of Plasma Physics 86(5), 865860502 (2020).

J. W. Hughes, N. T. Howard, P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, A. J. Creely, A. Q. Kuang, P. B. Snyder, T. M. Wilks, R. Sweeney, and M. Greenwald. 2020. “Projections of H-Mode Access and Edge Pedestal in the SPARC Tokamak“, Journal of Plasma Physics 86(5), 865860504 (2020).

S. D. Scott, G. J. Kramer, E. A. Tolman, A. Snicker, J. Varje, K. Särkimäki, J. C. Wright, and P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, “Fast-Ion Physics in SPARC“, Journal of Plasma Physics 86(5), 865860508 (2020).

F. Sciortino, N. T. Howard, E. S. Marmar, T. Odstrcil, N. M. Cao, R. Dux, A. E. Hubbard, J. W. Hughes, J. H. Irby, Y. Marzouk, L. M. Milanese, M. L. Reinke, J. E. Rice and P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, “Inference of experimental radial impurity transport on Alcator C-Mod: Bayesian parameter estimation and model selection“, Nucl. Fusion 60 126014 (2020).

N. M. Cao, J. E. Rice, P. H. Diamond, A. E. White, M. A. Chilenski, P. C. Ennever, J. W. Hughes, J. Irby, M. L. Reinke, P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, and Alcator C-Mod Team, “Evidence and modeling of turbulence bifurcation in L-mode confinement transitions on Alcator C-Mod“, Physics of Plasmas 27, 052303 (2020).

A. J. Creely, L. M. Milanese, E. A. Tolman, J. H. Irby, S. B. Ballinger, S. Frank, A. Q. Kuang, B. L. Linehan, W. McCarthy, K. J. Montes, T. Mouratidis, J. F. Picard, P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, A. M. Rosenthal, A. J. Sandberg, F. Sciortino, R. A. Simpson, R. A. Tinguely, M. Zhou, and A. E. White, “Design study of a combined interferometer and polarimeter for a high-field, compact tokamak“, Physics of Plasmas 27, 042516 (2020).

T. Fülop, P. Helander, O. Vallhagen, O. Embréus, L. Hesslow, P. Svensson, A. J. Creely, N. T. Howard and P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, “Effect of plasma elongation on current dynamics during tokamak disruptions“, Journal of Plasma Physics, 86(1), 474860101 (2020).

C. Angioni, E. Fable, F. Ryter, P. Rodriguez-Fernandez and T. Putterich, “The local nature of the plasma response to cold pulses with electron and ion heating at ASDEX Upgrade“, Nucl. Fusion 59, 106007 (2019).

N. M. Cao, J. E. Rice, P. H. Diamond, A. E. White, S. G. Baek, M. A. Chilenski, J. W. Hughes, J. Irby, M. L. Reinke, P. Rodriguez-Fernandez and the Alcator C-Mod Team, “Hysteresis as a Probe of Turbulent Bifurcation in Intrinsic Rotation Reversals on Alcator C-Mod” Nucl. Fusion (2019).

A. J. Creely, P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, G. D. Conway, S. J. Freethy, N. T. Howard, A. E. White, and the ASDEX Upgrade Team, “Criteria for the importance of multi-scale interactions in turbulent transport simulations”, Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 61, 085022 (2019).

R. A. Tinguely, A. Rosenthal, R. Simpson, S. B. Ballinger, A. J. Creely, S. Frank, A. Q. Kuang, B. L. Linehan, W. McCarthy, L. M. Milanese, K. J. Montes, T. Mouratidis, J. F. Picard, P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, A. J. Sandberg, F. Sciortino, E. A. Tolman, M. Zhou, B. N. Sorbom, Z. S. Hartwig and A. E. White, “=1 Tokamak (opens in a new tab)”>Neutron Diagnostics for the Physics of a High-Field, Compact, Q>=1 Tokamak“, Fusion Eng. Des. 143, pp. 212-225 (2019).

G. Persico, P. Rodriguez-Fernandez and A. Romei, “High-Fidelity Shape-Optimization of Non-Conventional Turbomachinery by Surrogate Evolutionary Strategies“, ASME. J. Turbomach. 141(8), 081010-081010-11 (2019).

J. Rice, F. Rosmej, N. Cao, M. Chilenski, N. Howard, A. Hubbard, J. Hughes, J. Irby, Y. Lin, P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, S. Wolfe, S. Wukitch, M. Bitter, L. Delgado-Aparicio, K. Hill and M. Reinke, “X-ray Observations of Kβ Emission from Medium Z He-like Ions in C-Mod Tokamak Plasmas“, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys51, 035702 (2018).

N. T. Howard, C. Holland, A. E. White, M. J. Greenwald, P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, J. Candy and A. J. Creely, “Multi-scale gyrokinetic simulations of an Alcator C-Mod, ELM-y H-mode plasma“, Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 60, 014034 (2017).

A. J. Creely, N. T. Howard, P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, N. Cao, A. E. Hubbard, J. W. Hughes, J. E. Rice, A. E. White, J. Candy, G. M. Staebler, G. D. Conway, S. J. Freethy and C. Sung, “Validation of nonlinear gyrokinetic simulations of L- and I- mode plasmas on Alcator C-Mod“, Phys. Plasmas 24, 0.56104 (2017).

B. LaBombard, A. Q. Kuang, D. Brunner, I. Faust, R. Mumgaard, M. L. Reinke, J. L. Terry, N. Howard, J. W. Hughes, M. Chilenski, Y. Lin, E. Marmar, J. E. Rice, P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, G. Wallace, D. G. White, S. Wolfe and S. Wukitch, “Impurity screening behavior of the high-field side scrape-off layer in near-double-null configurations: prospect for mitigating plasma-material interactions on RF actuators and first-wall components“, Nucl. Fusion 57, 076021 (2017).