Adil Hassam
Professor of Physics
University of Maryland, College Park

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Adil Hassam is a Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (Plasma Physics). Dr. Hassam received BS and MS degrees in physics from MIT in 1974 and a Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University in 1978. Since then he has been a member of the Institute for Plasma Research at the University of Maryland. He is acknowledged as an expert in dissipative magnetohydrodynamics. His research has ranged from laboratory and fusion plasmas to magnetospheric and solar plasmas, using both analytic and numerical methods. His current interests are in MHD simulations and in innovation in fusion research. He has authored or co-authored over 75 publications. He has been honored twice as a recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland.


  1. A. B. Hassam, "Steady State Centrifugally Confined Plasmas for Fusion," Comments in Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 18, 263 (1997).

  2. A. B. Hassam, "Poloidal Rotation of Tokamak Plasmas at Super Poloidal-Sonic Speeds," Nucl. Fusion 36, 707 (1996).

  3. A. B. Hassam, T. M. Antonsen, J. F. Drake, P. N. Guzdar, C. S. Liu, D. R. McCarthy, and F. L. Waelbroeck, "Spontaneous and Driven Perpendicular Rotation in Tokamaks," Phys. Fluids B 2519 (1993).

  4. A. B. Hassam, "Reconnection of Stressed Magnetic Fields," Ap. J. 399, 159 (1992).

  5. A. B. Hassam, T. M. Antonsen J. F. Drake, and C. S. Liu, "Spontaneous Poloidal Spin-Up of Tokamaks and the Transition to H-mode," Phys. Rev. Lett. 66, 309 (1991).

  6. A. B. Hassam, "Stabilization of Tokamak Microturbulence by Driven Poloidal Rotation," Comments in Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 14, 275, (1991).

  7. A. B. Hassam, "Nonlinear Stabilization of the Rayleigh-Taylor Instability by External Velocity Shear," Phys. Fluids B (Letters) 3, 485 (1992).

Research Interests

General Area of Research: Theoretical Plasma Physics

Particular Applications:
Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion
Solar-Terrestrial Plasma Physics
Indistrial Plasmas

Current Research

Innovative Confinement Concepts in Fusion

Current approaches lead to fusion reactors that are complex and expensive.
Innovative approaches and optimization of current devices are called for.
Two innovative approaches that I am pursuing are:
The resulting device has four advantages and one disadvantage over tokamaks.
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