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Curriculum Vitae
Piero Martin (born in 1962) is full professor of physics at the Physics Department of the University of Padova and an active researcher in the field of thermonuclear fusion. He is Fellow of the American Physical Society, member of the European Physical Society, elected member of the EPS Division of Plasma Physics Board and has a broad international research and academic experience.
He is the head of the scientific programme of the european experiment RFX for the study of controlled thermonuclear magnetic fusion. RFX is a reversed field pinch (RFP) experiment based in Padova, whose staff includes about 50 researchers and 25 technicians. RFX is the largest RFP device worldwide, and one of the world leading experiments in the area of Magneto-Hydro-Dynamic stability feedback control. The RFX experiment is located in the laboratory of the Consorzio RFX.
He is presently serving as chair of the EFDA European Topical Group on “Plasma Stability and Control” and deputy chair of the ITER International Tokamak Physics Activity (ITPA) MHD Stability Topical Group.
His present international research management experience includes his role as chair of the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Implementing Agreement on RFP research (
He is the director of the International Doctorate in Fusion Science and Engineering, jointly organized by the Universities of Padova, Lisbon and Munich (LMU) and member of the executive board of the FUSION-DC Erasmus-Mundus European Doctoral project.
He is member of the “International Liason Committee” of the “Center for Magnetic Self-Organization”, a frontier physics center of the US National Science Foundation. He serves in the Coordinating Committee of the EURATOM Bilateral Cooperation Agreement with USA.
For the period 2005-07 he served as Task Force Leader of the “MHD instabilities and their active control” Task Force in the ASDEX Upgrade fusion experiment of the Max-Planck Institut für Plasmaphysik in Garching.
From 1997 to 2007 he was group leader of a physics research group at Consorzio RFX.
His expertise in fusion covers several areas, both in science and management. He has contributed to both RFP and Tokamak physics. Author of 109 papers in refereed journals, he was invited to talk and lecture in many international Universities and research centers in Europe, Japan and USA and at the main international conferences and schools, like for example: the UN IAEA Fusion Conferences in 2000, 2002, 2008 and 2010, the European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, the meeting of the Division of Plasma Physics of the American Physical Society, the International Conference on Plasma Physics, the meeting of the Japan Society of Plasma Science and Nuclear Fusion Research. He has been managing several international collaborations. He has been PI of several research projects funded on a competitive basis. He has been involved in several international advisory and review committees and is acting as referee for the main journals in his field.
He is active in outreach and divulgation of physics and of fusion as energy source and has been supervisor of many undergraduate and Ph.D. thesis. In 2004 and 2009 he was invited to give a talk on fusion at the Science Festival in Genova, which is the most important national event for science outreach. He also gave many public talks and energy needs in a sustainable environment, writing also papers on the same subject

Research areas
Plasma physics and controlled thermonuclear fusion
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Pubblicazioni recenti

1) ZANCA, P ;et al. Feedback control model of the m=2, n=1 resistive wall mode in a circular plasma, PLASMA PHYSICS AND CONTROLLED FUSION, 54 (2012), 094004, DOI: 10.1088/0741-3335/54/9/094004

2) P. MARTIN, (2011) Lessons from the RFP on Magnetic Feedback Control of Plasma Stability, FUSION SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY, 59, p.602-616

3) GOBBIN M; et al (2011). Three-dimensional equilibria and transport in RFX-mod: A description using stellarator tools PHYSICS OF PLASMAS (ISSN:1070-664X), 18, 062505 (2011)

4) W. A. COOPER, et al. (2011). Magnetohydrodynamic properties of nominally axisymmetric systems with 3D helical core PLASMA PHYSICS AND CONTROLLED FUSION (ISSN:0741-3335), 53, 074008

5) W. A. COOPER, et al. (2011). Magnetohydrodynamic equilibrium and the stability of tokamak and reversed- field pinch systems with 3D helical cores PLASMA PHYSICS AND CONTROLLED FUSION (ISSN:0741-3335), 53, 084001.

6) P. PIOVESAN, et al.(2011). Influence of external 3D magnetic fields on helical equilibrium and plasma flow in RFX-mod PLASMA PHYSICS AND CONTROLLED FUSION (ISSN:0741-3335), 53, 084005

7) L. PIRON, et al. (2011). Improved dynamic response of magnetic feedback in RFX-mod and DIII-D PLASMA PHYSICS AND CONTROLLED FUSION (ISSN:0741-3335), 53, 084004.

8) M. E. PUIATTI, et al. (2011). Internal and external electron transport barriers in the RFX-mod reversed field pinch NUCLEAR FUSION (ISSN:0029-5515), 51, 073038;

9) KALLENBACH A, et al. (2011) Overview of ASDEX Upgrade results NUCLEAR FUSION (ISSN:0029-5515), 51, 094012;

10) MARTIN P. et al., (2011). Overview of the RFX fusion science program NUCLEAR FUSION (ISSN:0029-5515), 51, 094023;

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2018/19
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
IN0505 COMMON IN29103186 PHYSICS 1 (Ult. numero di matricola da 5 a 9)
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9 1st Year Second
IN0510 COMMON IN29103186 PHYSICS 1 (Ult. numero di matricola da 5 a 9)
A.Y. 2018/19 details
9 1st Year Second
A.Y. 2018/19 details
12 1st Year Second