Boston, MA, USA
He developed a number of large-scale computer simulation codes including the codes for RF plasma heating and current drive capable of 3D simulation and imaging of wave excitation by RF antennas, as well as wave penetration, absorption, and mode conversion.
Another area of research includes development of advanced plasma confinement concepts for controlled fusion. Paul proposed a few novel fusion configurations including compact stellarators and hybrids and developed an innovative approach called the Spherical Stellarator, which is a concept combining very low aspect ratio coil designs with a self-induced plasma current (bootstrap current). This concept is capable of overcoming a number of problems typical to traditional approaches in controlled fusion. Helical post stellarators is one of the most compact configurations of this type.
Paul has strong interests in using latest computer advancements and various computer languages and techniques. He has developed software using C, C++, Fortran, Java, Basic and OpenGL. Paul is an experienced programmer and scientific software developer. Some codes use multi-threading techniques and parallelization for multiprocessor environment.
In 1999, Paul took part in a project on optical image analysis of fragments of DNA molecules and their map assembly. He developed two software packages for object selection from images and image processing.
Current interests include research and development in the field of low temperature plasmas and plasma materials processing. Significant time was devoted to the development of simulation software related to those topics. Most work was done for the 2D and 3D feature profile simulator FPS3D. It was designed for simulating materials processing in real plasma systems with real geometry of micro features. Numerous processes of importance were considered including etching, deposition, and implantation at scales ranging from nanometers to micrometers. Other significant work was carried out on the development of a molecular dynamics code MDSS. Work on plasma simulations and ion energy-angle distribution simulations were carried out as well.
Paul is a U.S. citizen and a member of the American Physical Society and American Vacuum Society. He has over 10 U.S. patents, and is an author or co-author of over 100 publications in refereed scientific journals and conference proceedings.
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