Register of the Marshall N. Rosenbluth Papers
Finding aid prepared by Mandeville Special Collections Library
Mandeville Special Collections Library
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
Title: Marshall N. Rosenbluth Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 670
Mandeville Special Collections Library
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Language of Material:
1.4 Linear feet
4 archives boxes
Date (inclusive): 1960-2003
Papers of Marshall Rosenbluth, professor at University of California, San Diego, and plasma physicist noted for his work in
thermonuclear fusion, the Rosenbluth formula on theoretical scattering, and his role in the discovery of Rosenbluth-Hinton
flows. The bulk of the collection contains his writings, speeches, photocopies of lecture transparencies, and documents relating
to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) and the JASON Defense Advisory Group.
Rosenbluth, M. N.
Born in Albany, New York, on February 5, 1927, Marshall N. Rosenbluth graduated from high school in 1942 and after two years
in the U.S. Navy, graduated from Harvard with his bachelor's degree in 1946. He went on in 1949 to receive his Ph.D. with
a focus on high energy particle physics from the University of Chicago.
After his post-doctoral position at Stanford University (1949-1950) where he derived the Rosenbluth formula, he joined the
Los Alamos Laboratory and worked on the hydrogen bomb and other projects from 1950-1956. Rosenbluth’s time at Los Alamo began
his life-long pursuit of fusion as an alternate energy source.
In 1956 Rosenbluth took the position of senior research advisor with the nuclear energy research company General Atomics (GA)
in San Diego. He continued working with GA even after being appointed professor of physics at University of California, San
Diego in 1960. After 1967, Rosenbluth took professorships at the Princeton Institute of Advanced Study and then at the University
of Texas at Austin before returning to UCSD and GA twenty years later in 1987. Rosenbluth retired from these positions in
1993 and began work as the chief scientist of the Central Team for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER)
until 1999. During this time, he was also involved with the JASON Defense Advisory Group, an independent group of scientists
that advised the United States government on military, science, and energy-related issues.
During his career Rosenbluth received many awards and recognitions including the E.O. Lawrence Prize, awarded by the U.S.
Atomic Energy Commission in 1964; the James Clerk Maxwell Prize in Plasma Physics, awarded by the American Physical Society
in 1976; the National Medal of Science, awarded by President Clinton in 1997; and the Nicholson Medal from the American Physical
Society in 2000.
Rosenbluth died in 2003.
Scope and Content of Collection
The Marshall Rosenbluth Papers document Rosenbluth’s research and writings in the field of plasma physics and the commercial
use of fusion as an energy source. The collection is arranged in six series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS, 3) SPEECHES AND
REMARKS, 4) TRANSPARENCIES, 5) BIOGRAPHICAL, and 6) MISCELLANEOUS.
Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE
The CORRESPONDENCE series dates from 1960 to 2003, is arranged chronologically, and includes correspondence with Dr. Philip
Handler, John D. Lindl, Dr. Steven Koonin, and others, in addition to correspondence with the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory
Series 2: WRITINGS
The WRITINGS series is arranged into two subseries: General and JASON Defense Advisory Group. Both subseries are arranged
alphabetically by title.
Series 3: SPEECHES AND REMARKS
The SPEECHES AND REMARKS series is arranged alphabetically by title and comprises mostly award acceptance speeches and lectures
Series 4: TRANSPARENCIES
The TRANSPARENCIES series contains both hand-written and typed transparencies used by Rosenbluth during lectures. They are
arranged alphabetically according to subject terms found within the transparencies themselves. Subjects covered include the
International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), free electron lasers, and tokamaks. For preservation, hand-written
transparencies have been photocopied and the originals have been removed.
Series 5: BIOGRAPHICAL
The BIOGRAPHICAL series includes articles about and interviews with Rosenbluth, awards received and documents on his family
Series 6: MISCELLANEOUS
The MISCELLANEOUS series comprises two conference pamphlets and an article written by R. J. Bickerton with Rosenbluth’s handwritten
notes in the margins.
Marshall N. Rosenbluth Papers, MSS 0670. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Handler, Philip, 1917-1981
Koonin, Steven E.
Rosenbluth, M. N. -- Archives
Plasma (Ionized gases)
Box 1, Folder 1
U.S. Department of Energy, Secretary of Energy Advisory Board
Box 1, Folder 2
Box 1, Folder 3
"Asymptotic Analysis of the Time Dependent Image from a Perfect Lens." Preprint
General Physical Description note:
Includes handwritten formulas by Rosenbluth on the back of two of the sheets. Notes begin "Ions lost by flux wandering..."
Box 1, Folder 4
"Calculation of the Kolmogorov Entropy for Motion Along a Stochastic Magnetic Field." Photocopy of reprint
Box 1, Folder 5
"Comprehensive Gyrokinetic Simulation of Tokamak Turbulence at Finite Relative Gyroradius." Typescript
Box 1, Folder 6
"Continuum Damping of High-Mode-Number Toroidal Alfven Waves." Drafts
Box 1, Folder 7
"Effect of Atmosphere Wind Profiles on Atmospheric Propogation." Photocopy with notes
Box 1, Folder 8
"Electron Heat Transport in a Tokamak with Destroyed Magnetic Surfaces." Photocopy with notes
Box 1, Folder 9
"Energy Exchange Between Electrons and Ions." Draft report
September 29, 1960
Box 1, Folder 10
"Feedback of Resistive Wall Modes." Typescript
Box 1, Folder 11
"Finite-Resistivity Instabilities of a Sheet Pinch." Photocopy
Box 1, Folder 12
"Free-Electron Lasers with Veriable Parameter Wigglers." Reprint
Box 1, Folder 13
[General Neoclassical Dynamo.] Notes
Box 1, Folder 14
"Genesis of the Thermonuclear Era." Manuscript draft
Box 1, Folder 15
"Gyrokinetic Turbulence Simulation of Profile Shear Stabilization and Broken GyroBohm Scaling." Draft
September 12, 2001
Box 1, Folder 16
"Investigations of the Role of Nonlinear Couplings in Structure Formation and Transport Regulation: Experiment, Simulation,
and Theory." Typescript
Box 1, Folder 17
"Ion Pulse Transport in Target Chambers." Photocopy of reprint
Box 1, Folder 18
"A New Regime for Tearing Modes." Printed draft
Box 1, Folder 19
"Nonlinear Electron Response to Electromagnetic Fluctuations in the Zero Electron Mass Limit." Printed copy
Box 1, Folder 20
"On Sand Piles with Bi-Stable Automata Rules: Towards a Minimal Model of Pedestal Formation and Structure." Photocopy of reprint
Augsut 29, 2002
Box 1, Folder 21
"A Physicist's Perspective on Fusion Research." Typescript
Box 1, Folder 22
"Plasma Transport in Toroidal Confinement Systems." Reprint
Box 1, Folder 23
"Poloidal Flow Driven by Ion-Temperature-Gradient Turbulence in Tokamaks." Reprint and notes
January 26, 1998
Box 1, Folder 24
"Reduced Equations for Electromagnetic Turbulence in Tokamaks." Reprint
Box 1, Folder 25
"Review of the Department of Energy's Inertial Confinement Fusion Program." Committee report
Box 1, Folder 26
"Strong Lumped Circuit Solutions." Preprint
Box 1, Folder 27
"STRS revisited." Handwritten drafts
Box 1, Folder 28
Untitled. Drafts and handwritten equations
Box 1, Folder 29
"With regard to MIC, I have the following comments." Proposal review
Box 1, Folder 30
"A Young Man Encounters Enrico Fermi." Typescript draft of Rosenbluth's contribution to the book
Fermi Remembered edited by James W. Cronin
JASON Defense Advisory Group
Box 2, Folder 1
September 10, 1992
Box 2, Folder 2
"Effects of Inermittent Atmospheric Fluctuations on Hel Propogation in the Atmosphere"
August 1, 1989
Box 2, Folder 3
"Effect of Random Winds on Blooming"
June 19, 1989 and July 26, 1990
Box 2, Folder 4
"Effect of Windshear on Wind Clearning Time"
August 5, 1988
Box 2, Folder 5
"Free Electron Lasers: Winter 1988 Comments on Atmospheric Propagation Issues"
Box 2, Folder 6
[Inertial confinement.] Transparencies
Box 2, Folder 7
"JASON Review of the SDIO Free Electron Laser Program"
Box 2, Folder 8
"Metamaterials with Negative Permeability and Negative Permittivity"
August 18, 2003
Box 2, Folder 9
[Science Based Stockpile stewardship (SBSS).] Transparencies
Box 2, Folder 10
"Summer 1988 FEL Report: Discussions of Some Major Issues"
Box 2, Folder 11
"Thermal Blooming in the Presence of Random Wind Shear"
August 16, 1991
Box 2, Folder 12
"Acceptance Remarks by Marshall N. Rosenbluth." Ernest O. Lawrence Award Ceremony
April 30, 1964
Box 2, Folder 13
"Acceptance Remarks on Receipt of Maxwell Prize"
November 23, 1976
Box 2, Folder 14
"Development of Nuclear Fusion Research"
May 18, 1987
Box 2, Folder 15
"From Yearning to Burning: Possible Guidelines for 'Burning Plasma' Thinking"
Box 2, Folder 16
"Fusion- Past, Present, and ITER." Given at dedication of Naka site of the International Thermonuclear Engineering Reactor
Box 2, Folder 17
"Genesis of the Monte Carlo Algorithm for Statistical Mechanics." Lecture given at the Monte Carlo Method in the Physical
Sciences, Los Alamos, NM
June 9-11, 2003
Box 2, Folder 18
Harold P. Furth memorial remarks
Box 2, Folder 19
"My Life in Fusion." Printed copy
Box 2, Folder 20
Remarks at the Fermi Award presentation
February 6, 1986
Box 2, Folder 21
"The Role of the Weibel Instability in Energy Transport Experiments." Presented at 5th Workshop on Fast Ignition of Fusion
Targets, Madeira, Portugal
June 19, 2001
Box 2, Folder 22
"Some Cold War Stories in Tribute to a Dear Friend on His 70th Birthday: Marshall N. Rosenbluth for Roald Z. Sagdeev"
Box 2, Folder 24
[Department goals for fusion]
Box 2, Folder 25
[Effects of energetic particles on tokamak stability]
Box 3, Folder 1
[Fusion issues and the ITER challenge]
Box 3, Folder 4
[Intertial Confinement Fusion (ICF)]
Box 3, Folder 5
[Instability of resistive sheet pinch]
Box 3, Folder 6
[The interchange instability]
Box 3, Folder 8-9
[ITER and Engineering Design Activities (EDA)]
Box 3, Folder 10-11
Box 3, Folder 12
[Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) stability]
Box 3, Folder 13
[Reasons for fusion's problems]
Box 3, Folder 19
[Thermal blooming experiment]
Box 3, Folder 21
[Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes]
Box 3, Folder 23
[United States magnetic fusion strategy]
Box 4, Folder 4
Articles about Marshall Rosenbluth
Box 4, Folder 6
Box 4, Folder 8
"In Memoriam: Marshall N. Rosenbluth"
Box 4, Folder 9
"Interview with Marshall Rosenbluth by Kai-Henrik Barth: Session 1"
August 11, 2003
Box 4, Folder 10
Photographs of Marshall Rosenbluth
Box 4, Folder 11
"The Many Lives of Robert Rosenbluth: His Autobiography." Mimeograph by Robert Rosenbluth (father)
Box 4, Folder 12
Bickerton, R.J. - "History of the Approach to Ignition." Printed copy with notes by Rosenbluth
Box 4, Folder 13
"Direction des Sciences de la Matiere Departement de Recharches sur la Fusion Controlee: Visite de M. Rosenbluth." Flyer
April 4, 2001
Box 4, Folder 14
"Energy Independence Conference: Fusion Energy and Plasma Physics." Conference pamphlet, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
August 17-21, 1987