Dr. Zachary Williams

Assistant Professor of Physics
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Dr. Williams joined the Department of Physics at Hope College in fall 2019. His research focuses on using computational and analytic models to better understand plasma confinement within the context of nuclear fusion energy. He also has interests in plasma dynamics as they apply to astrophysical contexts, specifically concerning magnetic reconnection in the solar corona.

He is excited to begin working with Hope students on engaging research projects in these areas. Dr. Williams has a passion for effective physics education, and is interested in practicing active learning strategies to improve student knowledge and sense of self-efficacy in introductory physics courses.

Areas of expertise

  • Gyrokinetic modeling of fusion plasmas
  • Turbulence theory and computation
  • Reduced models of plasma turbulence


  • Ph.D., physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019
  • B.S., physics, University of Central Florida, 2013

Published work

  • “Impact of Resonant Magnetic Perturbations on Zonal Flows and Microturbulence,” with M.J. Pueschel et al., in preparation
  • “Direct Measurement of a Toroidally Directed Zonal Flow in a Toroidal Plasma,” with T. Nishizawa et al., Physical Review Letters, 2019
  • “Measurements of impurity transport due to drift-wave turbulence in a toroidal plasma,” with T. Nishizawa et al., Physical Review Letters, 2018
  • “Observation of trapped-electron-mode microturbulence in reversed field pinch plasmas,” with J.R. Duff et al., Physics of Plasmas, 2018
  • “Turbulence, transport, and zonal flows in the Madison symmetric torus reversed-field pinch,” with M.J. Pueschel, P.W. Terry and T. Hauff, Physics of Plasmas, 2017
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Dr. Zachary Williams

Phone Number616.395.6705

VanderWerf Hall Room 205 27 Graves Place Holland, MI 49423
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