Matthew T Beidler

R&D Associate

Matt is an R&D Associate in the Plasma Theory and Modeling Group, joining ORNL in November 2018. He completed his Ph.D. in plasma physics at West Virginia University in September 2015. Subsequently, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Engineering Physics Department at the University of Wisconsin - Madison before joining ORNL. His tenure at UW - Madison included an appointment through the Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program.

His research interests include theoretical and computational modeling of tokamak plasmas using magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) and particle-based kinetic models. Using the MHD paradigm, he has studied magnetic reconnection in tokamaks that occurs spontaneously and reconnection forced by the external application of 3D magnetic fields. Using the kinetic paradigm, he has studied the generation and mitigation of runaway electrons following tokamak disruptions. He received an Office of Science Early Career Award to self-consistently join the MHD and kinetic paradigms to create a hybrid code to study tokamaks disruption mitigation.