Assoc Prof Boyd Blackwell

Emeritus Associate Professor
Research School of Physics

Boyd Blackwell's research interests include:

  • Configurational effects on equilibrium and stability of toroidal plasma
  • High performance computation and visualisation
  • Application of database, data mining and machine learning techniques to analysis of plasma and fluctuation data
  • Diagnosis and control of toroidal plasma

Research interests

Plasma physics and applications to fusion power and materials interactions

Advanced geometries for the magentic confinement of plasma

MHD equilibrium and stability, plasma wave propagation and heating, plasma diagnostics

Numerical simulation and large scale computation, visualisation of complex phenomena

Signal/data processing and analysis

Power electronics and applications to energy efficiency and sustainability.

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    ', Nuclear Fusion, vol. 59, pp. 1-11.
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  • Wenzel, U, Biedermann, C, Kocsis, G et al 2018, 'Observation of Marfes in the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator with inboard limiters', Nuclear Fusion, vol. 58, no. 9, pp. 1-11pp.
  • Dinklage, A, Beidler, C, Helander, P et al 2018, 'Erratum to: Magnetic configuration effects on the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator (Nature Physics, (2018), 14, 8, (855-860), 10.1038/s41567-018-0141-9)', Nature Physics, vol. 14, no. 8, p. 867.
  • Wolf, R, Alonso, A, Baldzuhn, J et al 2017, 'Major results from the first plasma campaign of the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator', Nuclear Fusion, vol. 57, no. 10, pp. 102020 (13pp).
  • Hole, M, Blackwell, B, Bowden, G et al 2017, 'Global Alfvén eigenmodes in the H-1 heliac', Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, vol. 59, no. 12, pp. 12pp.
  • Hole, M, Blackwell, B, Bowden, G et al 2017, 'Global Alfvén eigenmodes in the H-1 heliac', Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, vol. 59, no. 12, pp. 12pp.
  • Michael, C, Zhao, F, Blackwell, B et al 2017, 'Influence of magnetic configuration on edge turbulence and transport in the H-1 Heliac', Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, vol. 59, no. 2, pp. 1-11.
  • Owen, L, Caneses, J, Canik, J et al 2017, 'B2. 5-Eirene modeling of radial transport in the MAGPIE linear plasma device', Plasma Sources Science and Technology, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 9pp.
  • Blackwell, B, Pretty, D & Haskey, S 2016, 'Datamining Applications in Plasma Physics', Journal of Plasma and Fusion Research, vol. 92, no. 5, pp. 342-346pp.
  • Caneses, J & Blackwell, B 2016, 'Collisional damping of helicon waves in a high density hydrogen linear plasma device', Plasma Sources Science and Technology, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 15pp..
  • Krychowiak, M, Adnan, A, Alonso, A et al 2016, 'Overview of diagnostic performance and results for the first operation phase in Wendelstein 7-X (invited)', Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 87, no. 11, pp. -.
  • Marushchenko, N, Dinklage, A, Alonso, A et al 2016, 'Main results of the first experimental campaign in the stellarator W7-X', Problems of Atomic Science and Technology, vol. 106, no. 6, pp. 3-8pp.
  • Houry, M, Pedersen, T, Otte, M et al 2016, 'Confirmation of the topology of the Wendelstein 7-X magnetic field to better than 1:100,000', Nature Communications, vol. 7, no. -, pp. 13493-13493.
  • Dinklage, A, Alonso, A, Baldzuhn, J et al 2016, 'Core confinement in wendelstein 7-X limiter plasmas', 43rd European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics, EPS 2016, ed. P Mantica, G Giruzzi, M Fajardo, T Gans, S Poedts and N Vennekens, European Physical Society, TBC, pp. 086010 (8pp).
  • Haskey, S, Lanctot, M, Liu, Y et al 2015, 'Effects of resistivity and rotation on the linear plasma response to non-axisymmetric magnetic perturbations on DIII-D', Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, vol. 57, no. 2, pp. 025015/1-11.
  • Haskey, S, Blackwell, B, Nuhrenberg, C et al 2015, 'Experiment-theory comparison for low frequency BAE modes in the strongly shaped H-1NF stellarator', Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, vol. 57, no. 9, pp. 1-12.
  • Caneses, J & Blackwell, B 2015, 'RF compensation of double Langmuir probes: modelling and experiment', Plasma Sources Science and Technology, vol. 24, no. 3.
  • Blackwell, B, Terranova, D & Puiatti, M 2014, 'Joint 19th ISHW and 16th RFP workshop', Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, vol. 56, no. 9, p. 090301.
  • Haskey, S, Lanctot, M, Liu, Y et al 2014, 'Linear ideal MHD predictions for n = 2 non-axisymmetric magnetic perturbations on DIII-D', Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 1-11.
  • Haskey, S, Thapar, N, Blackwell, B et al 2014, 'Synchronous imaging of coherent plasma fluctuations', Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 85, no. 3, pp. 1-6.
  • Haskey, S, Blackwell, B & Pretty, D 2014, 'Clustering of periodic multichannel timeseries data with application to plasma fluctuations', Computer Physics Communications, vol. 185, no. 6, pp. 1669-1680.
  • Haskey, S, Blackwell, B, Seiwald, B et al 2014, 'Visible light tomography of MHD eigenmodes in the H-1NF stellarator using magnetic coordinates', Nuclear Fusion, vol. 54, no. 8, p. 083031.
  • Pretty, D & Blackwell, B 2014, 'H1DS: A new web-based data access system', Fusion Engineering and Design, vol. 89, no. 5, pp. 731-735.
  • Hole, M, Blackwell, B & Zarnstorff, M 2013, 'Selected papers from the Joint 18th International Stellarator Heliotron Workshop and the 10th Asia Pacific Plasma Theory Conference', Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, vol. 55, no. 1, p. 010201.
  • Samuell, C, Blackwell, B, Howard, J et al 2013, 'Plasma parameters and electron energy distribution functions in a magnetically focused plasma', Physics of Plasmas, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 034502/1-4.
  • Haskey, S, Blackwell, B, Seiwald, B et al 2013, 'A multichannel magnetic probe system for analysing magnetic fluctuations in helical axis plasmas', Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 84, no. 9.
  • Deslandes, A, Guenette, M, Samuell, C et al 2013, 'Initial damage processes for diamond film exposure to hydrogen plasma', Fusion Engineering and Design, vol. 88, no. 12, pp. 3101-3107.
  • Blackwell, B, Caneses, J, Samuell, C et al 2012, 'Design and characterization of the Magnetized Plasma Interaction Experiment (MAGPIE): A new source for plasma-material interaction studies', Plasma Sources Science and Technology, vol. 21, no. 5, pp. 1-7.
  • Ma, S, Howard, J, Blackwell, B et al 2012, 'Measurements of electron density and temperature in the H-1 heliac plasma by helium line intensity ratios', Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 83, no. 3, pp. 33102-33102.
  • Caneses, J, Blackwell, B & Corr, C 2012, 'Initial characterization of Argon plasmas in the "MAGnetized Plasma Interaction Experiment" (MAGPIE)', 39th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics 2012, EPS 2012 and the 16th International Congress on Plasma Physics, ed. S Ratynskaya, L Blomberg, A Fasoli, European Physical Society, Stockholm Sweden, pp. 2007-2010.
  • Chang, L, Hole, M, Caneses, J et al 2012, 'Wave modelling in a cylindrical non-uniform helicon discharge', 39th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics 2012, EPS 2012 and the 16th International Congress on Plasma Physics, ed. S Ratynskaya, L Blomberg, A Fasoli, European Physical Society, Stockholm Sweden, pp. 994-997.
  • Bertram, J, Blackwell, B & Hole, M 2012, 'Ideal-magnetohydrodynamic theory of low-frequency Alfven waves in the H-1 Heliac', Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, vol. 54, no. 5, p. 055009.
  • Chang, L, Hole, M, Caneses, J et al 2012, 'Wave modeling in a cylindrical non-uniform helicon discharge', Physics of Plasmas, vol. 19, no. 8, p. 083511.
  • Bertram, J, Hole, M, Pretty, D et al 2011, 'A reduced global Alfven eigenmodes model for Mirnov array data on the H-1NF heliac', Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, vol. 53, no. 8, p. 14.
  • Nagasaki, K, Yamamoto, S, Yoshino, H et al 2011, 'Influence of trapped electrons on ECCD in Heliotron J', Nuclear Fusion, vol. 51, no. 10, pp. 103035-8.
  • Kumar, S, Blackwell, B, Howard, J et al 2011, 'Spontaneous transition of core radial electric field driven by magnetic islands in the H-1NF heliac', Nuclear Fusion, vol. 51, no. 8, pp. 1-6.
  • Kus, A, Dinklage, A, Ascasibar, E et al 2011, 'Identification of variables causing clustering in the global energy confinement data by use of discriminant analysis', 38th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics 2011, EPS 2011, IOP Publishing, Strasbourg France, pp. 1380-1383.
  • Yamamoto, S, Pretty, D, Blackwell, B et al 2010, 'Studies of MHD Stability Using Data Mining Technique in Helical Plasmas', Plasma and Fusion Research, vol. 5, p. 034.
  • Sano, F, Mizuuchi, T, Nagasaki, K et al 2010, 'Physics of Heliotron J Confinement', Plasma and Fusion Research, vol. 5, pp. S2003.
  • Svensson, J, Ford, O, Werner, A et al 2010, 'Connecting physics models and diagnostic data using bayesian graphical models', 37th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics 2010, EPS 2010, IOP Publishing, Dublin Ireland, pp. 169-172.
  • Hole, M, O'Connor, D, Blackwell, B et al 2008, Review of the National Innovation System: Australian ITER Forum submission.
  • Hole, M, von Nessi Jr., G, Bertram, J et al 2010, 'Model Data Fusion: developing Bayesian inversion to constrain equilibrium and mode structure', Journal of Plasma and Fusion Research, vol. 9, pp. 479-486.
  • Hole, M, von Nessi Jr., G, Pretty, D et al 2010, 'The use of Bayesian inversion to resolve plasma equilibrium', Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 81, no. 10, pp. 1E+128-1E+128.
  • Kumar, S, Blackwell, B, Howard, J et al 2010, 'Core magnetic islands and plasma confinement in the H-1NF heliac', Physics of Plasmas, vol. 17, no. 8, pp. 082503,1-8.
  • Nagasaki, K, Sakamoto, K, Minami, K et al 2010, 'ECCD Experiments Using the Upgraded Launching System in Heliotron J', Contributions to Plasma Physics, vol. 50, no. 6-7, pp. 656-660.
  • Howard, J, Diallo, A, Creese, M et al 2010, 'Doppler coherence imaging and tomography of flows in tokamak plasmas', Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 81, no. 10, pp. 10E528-10E528.
  • Kumar, S, Blackwell, B & Harris, J 2009, 'Determination of error field sources by accurate mapping of the magnetic geometry of the H-1 heliac', Nuclear Fusion, vol. 49, pp. 035001 (12).
  • Pretty, D & Blackwell, B 2009, 'A data mining algorithm for automated characterisation of fluctuations in multichannel timeseries', Computer Physics Communications, vol. 180, no. 10, pp. 1768-1776.
  • Green, B, Hole, M, Blackwell, B et al 2009, Fusion Down Under, ITER Newsline.
  • Blackwell, B, Pretty, D, Howard, J et al 2008, 'Configurational Effects on Stability and Confinement in the H-1NF Heliac', International Atomic Energy Agency Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2008), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Geneva.
  • Motojima, G, Yamamoto, S, Okada, H et al 2008, 'Effect of Toroidal Current on Rotational Transform Profile by MHD Activity Measurement in Heliotron J', Plasma and Fusion Research, vol. 3, no. S1067, pp. 1-6.
  • Blacksell, M, Wach, J, Anderson, D et al 2008, 'Imaging photomultiplier array with integrated amplifiers and high-speed USB interface', Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 79, pp. 10F506-1 - 10F506-3.
  • Detering PhD, F, Blackwell, B, Hegland, T et al 2008, 'Reduction of magnetic confinement fusion data for data mining', Computational Techniques and Applications Conference (CTAC 2008), ed. Conference Program Committee, Australia and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM), Canberra, pp. C729-C743.
  • Yamamoto, S, Nagasaki, K, Suzuki, Y et al 2007, 'Observation of magnetohydrodynamic instabilities in Heliotron J plasmas', Fusion Science and Technology, vol. 51, pp. 92-96.
  • Kumar, S, Blackwell, B & Harris, J 2007, 'Wire tomography in the H-1NF heliac for investigation of fine structure of magnetic islands', Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 78, pp. 013501-013508.
  • Warr, G, Tarrant, R, Bilek, M et al 2007, 'Tomographic interferometry of a filtered high-current vacuum arc plasma', Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 101, pp. 073302 /1-11.
  • Blackwell, B, Pretty, D, Harris, J et al 2006, 'Observations of Alfvenic MHD Activity in the H-1 Heliac', International Atomic Energy Agency Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2006), Conference Organising Committee, Website, p. 8.
  • Oliver Esq, D, Howard, J, Kumar, S et al 2006, 'Three view electronically scanned interferometer for plasma electron density measurements on the H-1 heliac', Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 77, no. 10, pp. 10E907-1-3.
  • Gesto, F, Blackwell, B, Charles, C et al 2006, 'Ion Detachment in the Helicon Double-Layer Thruster Exhaust Beam', Journal of Propulsion and Power, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 24-30.
  • Collis, S, Howard, J, Blackwell, B et al 2006, 'A supersonic gas injection system for fueling and probing fusion plasmas', Plasma Sources Science and Technology, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 797-804.
  • Glass, F, Howard, J & Blackwell, B 2005, 'Visible Emission Tomography in the H-1NF Heliac', IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 472-473.
  • Michael, C, Howard, J & Blackwell, B 2004, 'Measurements and modeling of ion and neutral distribution functions in a partially ionized magnetically confined argon plasma', Physics of Plasmas, vol. 11, no. 8, pp. 4008-17.
  • Harris, J, Shats, M, Blackwell, B et al 2004, 'Fluctuations and stability of plasmas in the H-lNF heliac', Nuclear Fusion, vol. 44, pp. 279-286.
  • Collis, S, Howard, J, Warr, G et al 2003, 'Studies of Resonantly Produced Plasmas in the H-1NF Heliac using a Far-infrared Scanning Interferometer', Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 74, no. 3, pp. 1629-1632.
  • McMillan, B, Blackwell, B & Harris, J 2002, 'Iterative Optimization of Auxiliary Coils for Stellarators', Nuclear Fusion, vol. 42, no. April, pp. 383-387.
  • Rudakov, D, Shats, M, Harris, J et al 2001, 'Dynamic behaviour of the low-to-high confinement transitions in the H-1 heliac', Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, vol. 43, pp. 559-570.
  • Blackwell, B 2001, 'Results from helical axis stellarators', Physics of Plasmas, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 2238-2244.
  • Blackwell, B, McMillan, B, Searle, A et al 2001, 'Algorithms for real time magnetic field tracing and optimization', Computer Physics Communications, vol. 142, pp. 243-247.
  • Michael, C, Howard, J & Blackwell, B 2001, 'The MOSS Camera on H-1NF', Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 72, pp. 1034-1037.
  • Reiman, A, Fu, G, Hirshman, S et al 1999, 'Physics Design of a High-B Quasi-Axisymmetric Stellarator', Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, vol. 41, pp. B273-B283.