Radiation Surface Science and Engineering Lab

Anton Neff

Department Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering

I became interested in fusion energy research during my sophomore year of my undergraduate studies. Later, I investigated confinement trends using the DIII-D tokamak’s measurement database as and now investigate the properties of plasma facing components. Besides science, I enjoy music especially playing trumpet. I have performed with many music groups in and outside of school.


  • BS Physics, Mesa State College. Grand Junction, CO (2010)
  • MS Nuclear Engineering, Purdue University. Lafayette, IN (2013)


  • Low atomic number metals surface treatments of refractory metals.
  • Adaptive materials for use in fusion reactors.
  • Hydrogen retention in pre-damaged tungsten.
  • Helium irradiation of nano-structured tungsten

Research Interests

  • Plasma surface interactions for fusion environments.


  • Inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society (May 2009)
  • Inducted into Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society (May 2009)

External Travel

  • National Undergraduate Fellowship Program (NUF), General Atomics, San Diego, California, USA (June to August 2009)
  • Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER), Nieuwegein, Netherlands (May to June 2012)

Selected Publications

  • N.H. Ghoniem, et al., Sputtering, Amorphization, and Ripple Formation of Molybdenum and Tungsten Nano Rods and Nodules Irradiated with 150 eV Argon Ions, Journal of Applied Physics, submitted February 2014.
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