Adam Kuang, MIT

Adam QingYang Kuang

Graduate Student





Bachelor of Science, Physics, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with First Class Honours, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

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Analysis of the scrape-off layer through the development of divertor langmuir probes and a poloidal array of scanning probes. Originally involved in analysing the response of a base isolated building during a seismic event.


Kuang, A. Q., Brunner, D., LaBombard, B., Leccacorvi, R., & Vieira, R. (2018). The flush-mounted rail Langmuir probe array designed for the Alcator C-Mod vertical target plate divertor. Review of Scientific Instruments. Accepted.

Kuang, A. Q., Brunner, D., LaBombard, B., Leccacorvi, R., & Vieira, R. (2017). Design and operation of a high-heat flux, flush-mounted “rail”Langmuir probe array on Alcator C-Mod. Nuclear Materials and Energy, 12, 1231–1235. DOI: 10.1016/j.nme.2016.08.014

Kuang, A., Sridhar, A., Garven, J., Gutschmidt, S., Rodgers, G. W., Chase, J. G., Gavin, H. P., Nigbor, R. L., MacRae, G. A. (2014). Christchurch Women's Hospital: Performance Analysis of the Base-Isolation System during the Series of Canterbury Earthquakes 2011-2012. Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 30(4), 04015096. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0000846


Kube, R., Garcia, O. E., Theodorsen, A., Brunner, D., Kuang, A. Q., LaBombard, B., Terry, J. L. (2018). Intermittent electron density and temperature fluctuations and associated fluxes in the Alcator C-Mod scrape-off layer. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. 60(6). DOI: 10.1088/1361-6587/aab726.

Wigram, M., LaBombard, B., Umansky, M. V., Kuang, A. Q., Brunner, D., Terry, J. L., Golfinopoulos, T., Rensink, M. E., Whyte, D. G. (2018). UEDGE modelling of detached divertor operation for long-leg divertor geometries in ARC. Contributions to Plasma Physics. DOI: 10.1002/ctpp.201700178.

McCarthy, W., LaBombard, B., Brunner, D., & Kuang, A. Q. (2018). An experimental assessment of methods used to compute secondary electron emission yield for tungsten and molybdenum electrodes based on exposure to Alcator C-Mod scrape-off layer plasmas. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. DOI: 10.1088/1361-6587/aaa51c

Brunner, D., Kuang, A. Q., LaBombard, B., & Burke, W. (2017). Linear servomotor probe drive system with real-time self-adaptive position control for the Alcator C-Mod tokamak. Review of Scientific Instruments, 88(7), 73501. DOI: 10.1063/1.4990043

Brunner, D., Wolfe, S. M., LaBombard, B., Kuang, A. Q., Lipschultz, B., Reinke, M. L., … Terry, J. L. (2017). Surface heat flux feedback controlled impurity seeding experiments with Alcator C-Mod’s high-Z vertical target plate divertor: performance, limitations and implications for fusion power reactors. Nuclear Fusion, 57(8), 86030. DOI: 10.1088/1741-4326/aa7923

LaBombard, B., Kuang, A. Q., Brunner, D., Faust, I., Mumgaard, R., Reinke, M. L., … Chilenski, M. (2017). High-field side scrape-off layer investigation: Plasma profiles and impurity screening behavior in near-double- null configurations. Nuclear Materials and Energy, 12, 139–147. DOI: 10.1016/j.nme.2016.10.006

LaBombard, B., Kuang, A. Q., Brunner, D., Faust, I., Mumgaard, R., Reinke, M. L., … Chilenski, M. (2017). 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. Nuclear Fusion, 57(7), 76021. DOI: 10.1088/1741-4326/aa6dd2

Tinguely, R. A., Granetz, R. S., Berg, A., Kuang, A. Q., Brunner, D., & LaBombard, B. (2017). High-resolution disruption halo current measurements using Langmuir probes in Alcator C-Mod. Nuclear Fusion, 58(1), 16005. DOI: 10.1088/1741-4326/aa8fa6


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Talks & Media

Bridging the divide with technology (MIT News)

Connecting with students, teachers and research colleagues at APS-DPP (Milwaukee) (PSFC News)

Connecting with kids at AAAS (PSFC News)

Students advancing a future with carbon-free fusion (MIT News)

Student profile (U. Cantebury)

PSFC Local Outreach Programs Follow Recent National Efforts (PSFC)