Journal Publications and Conference Proceedings

This is an extensive list of journal publications and conference proceedings that I have authored. If you are interested in reading the papers that are not in open access, do not hesitate to contact me.

(In the works)

P. Rodriguez-Fernandez et al.  “Predictions of core plasma performance for the SPARC tokamak”, submitted to Journal of Plasma Physics (2020).

First-author Publications

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

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). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5096800

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). https://doi.org/10.1088/1741-4326/ab1575

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. Conference Proceedings

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). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.075001 (In the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric and in the top 10% of research outputs from PRL, link)

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). https://doi.org/10.1080/15361055.2017.1396166

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). https://doi.org/10.1088/1741-4326/aa6e89

P. Rodriguez-Fernandez,”Development of shape-optimization tools for the aerodynamic design of turbomachinery blades”, Proyecto Fin de Carrera, E.T.S.I Industriales UPM (2015). Master Thesis (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. Conference Proceedings


Co-authored Publications

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). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5144444

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). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5142638

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). https://doi.org/10.1017/S002237782000001X

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). https://doi.org/10.1088/1741-4326/ab313f

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). https://doi.org/10.1088/1741-4326/ab3b38

A. J. Creely, P. Rodriguez-Fernandez, G. D. Conway, S. J. Freethy, N. T. Howard, A. E. White, and the ASDEX Upgrade Team, “Citeria for the importance of multi-scale interactions in turbulent transport simulations”, Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 61, 085022 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6587/ab24ae

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, “Neutron Diagnostics for the Physics of a High-Field, Compact, Q>=1 Tokamak”, Fusion Eng. Des. 143, pp. 212-225 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fusengdes.2019.03.148

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). https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4043252

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). https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6455/aaa17f

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). https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6587/aa9148

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). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4977466

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). https://doi.org/10.1088/1741-4326/aa6dd2