Rachael M. McDermott, born in 1981 in New Hampshire, USA, studied physics at Saint Louis University, Missouri, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she received her PhD in plasma physics and fusion technology in 2009. She then accepted a post doctoral position at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Garching near Munich. In 2013, she took over the leadership of a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group there with the topic Macroscopic Effects of Microturbulence in Fusion Plasmas. From 2022, she headed the "Active Spectroscopy Group" at IPP.
Since February 2023, Rachael M. McDermott has been a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and head of the Physics of the Plasma Edge department (E2) at IPP in Garching.
R. M. McDermott, C. Angioni, M. Cavedon, A. Kappatou, R. Dux, R. Fischer, P. Manas, and , "Validation of low-Z impurity transport theory using boron perturbation experiments at ASDEX upgrade," Nuclear Fusion 62, 026006 (2022).
R. M. McDermott, R. Dux, F. Guzman, T. Pütterich, R. Fischer, A. Kappatou, and , "Development of Ar+16 charge exchange recombination spectroscopy measurements at ASDEX Upgrade," Nuclear Fusion 61, 016019 (2021).
R. M. McDermott, R. Dux, T. Pütterich, B. Geiger, A. Kappatou, A. Lebschy, C. Bruhn, M. Cavedon, A. Frank, N. den Harder, E. Viezzer, and , "Evaluation of impurity densities from charge exchange recombination spectroscopy measurements at ASDEX Upgrade," Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 60, 095007 (2018).
R. M. McDermott, A. Lebschy, B. Geiger, C. Bruhn, M. Cavedon, M. Dunne, R. Dux, R. Fischer, A. Kappatou, T. Pütterich, E. Viezzer, and , "Extensions to the charge exchange recombination spectroscopy diagnostic suite at ASDEX Upgrade," Review of Scientific Instruments 88, 073508 (2017).
R. M. McDermott, C. Angioni, G. D. Conway, R. Dux, E. Fable, R. Fischer, T. Pütterich, F. Ryter, E. Viezzer, and , "Core intrinsic rotation behaviour in ASDEX Upgrade ohmic L-mode plasmas," Nuclear Fusion 54, 043009 (2014).
R. M. McDermott, C. Angioni, R. Dux, E. Fable, T. Pütterich, F. Ryter, A. Salmi, T. Tala, G. Tardini, E. Viezzer, and , "Core momentum and particle transport studies in the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak," Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 53 (Pt. 2: Invited Papers), 124013 (13pp) (2011).
R. M. McDermott, C. Angioni, R. Dux, A. Gude, T. Pütterich, F. Ryter, G. Tardini, and , "Effect of electron cyclotron resonance heating (ECRH) on toroidal rotation in ASDEX Upgrade H-mode discharges," Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 53, 035007 (18pp) (2011).
R.M. McDermott, B. Lipschultz, J. W. Hughes, P. J. Catto, A. E. Hubbard, I. H. Hutchinson, R. S. Granetz, M. Greenwald, B. LaBombard, K. Marr, M. L. Reinke, J. E. Rice, D. Whyte, and Alcator C-Mod Team
Edge radial electric field structure and its connections to H-mode confinement in Alcator CMod plasmas