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Dr. Michael Burin

Dr. Michael Burin


Office: Science Hall 2 217

Dr. Michael Burin

Research Interests

Turbulence in geophysical fluids and astrophysics; applied plasma physics

Professional Background

  • Associate Professor, Department of Physics, CSUSM, 2013-current
  • Chercheur Invité/Invited Researcher, CNRS, à Université Grenoble Alpes – Laboratoire des Ecoulements Géophysiques et Industriels (LEGI), 2015
  • Visiting Research Scientist, Center for Energy Research, UC San Diego, 2014-15
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, CSUSM, 2007-2013
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Pomona College, Claremont, CA, 2006-2007
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences and Plasma Physics Lab (PPPL), Princeton University, NJ, 2003-2006
  • Ph.D. (Engineering Physics); U.C. San Diego, La Jolla, CA (2003)
  • M.S. (Mechanical Engineering); U.C. San Diego, La Jolla, CA (2000)
  • M.S. (Astronomy); San Diego State University, San Diego, CA (1998)
  • B.S. (Physical Science); Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA (1994)

Full CV is available upon request.

Fjord Wake, 2005

Fjord Wake, 2005

Patterns in Cyclonic Taylor-Couette Flow

Patterns in Cyclonic Taylor-Couette Flow, 2010

Plasma Filaments

Plasma Filaments, 2015




Classes taught at CSUSM

Phys 101, 201: Physics of Mechanics and Sound

  • An overview of the principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, and waves.

Phys 320: Classical Mechanics

  • Classical mechanics and associated mathematical and numerical techniques: principles of Newtonian mechanics, and an introduction to Hamiltonian and Lagrangian Dynamics.

Astr 342: Elements of Astronomy

  • Provides a practical and historical introduction to astronomy.

Phys 421: Applied Electromagnetic Waves and Optics

  • Includes radiation and propagation of electromagnetic waves, ray optics, physical optics, optical devices, laser optics, holography, and optics of vision.

Phys 480: Advanced Applied Physics Laboratory

  • Experimental work, including in-depth experimentation in mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, electronics, quantum physics, computational physics, biophysics, medical physics, and/or geophysics.



Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

(For conference proceedings, etc., please see CV)

Burin, M.J., Sommeria, J., Viboud, S. Instabilities and layering of a heated laboratory anticyclone, Phys Rev. Fluids 5, 063801 (2020)

Burin, M.J., Caspary, K.J., Edlund, E.M., Ezeta, R., Gilson, E.P., Ji, H., McNulty, M., Squire, J., and Tynan, G.R. Turbulence and jet-driven zonal flows: Secondary circulation in rotating fluids due to asymmetric forcing, Phys. Rev E 99, 023108 (2019)

Burin, M.J. Some daytime activities in solar astronomy, Phys. Teacher 54, 36 (2016)

Burin, M.J., G.G. Simmons*, H.G. Ceja*, S.J. Zweben, A. Nagy, C. Brunkhorst. On filament structure and propagation within a commercial plasma globe, Phys. of Plasmas 22, 053509 (2015)

Gill, R.M. and Burin, M.J.  Enhancing the introductory astronomical experience with the use of a tablet and telescope, Phys. Teacher 51, 2013.

Burin, M.J., Czarnocki, C. J*. Subcritical Transition and Spiral Turbulence in Circular Couette Flow, Journal of Fluid Mechanics 709, 2012, p. 106-122..

Schartman, E., Ji, H., Burin, M.J., Goodman, J., Stability of Quasi-Keplerian Shear Flow in a Laboratory ExperimentAstronomy & Astrophysics 543, 2012, A94 P. 1..

Burin, M.J., Ji, H., Schartman, E. Local Measurements of Turbulent Angular Momentum Transport in Circular Couette Flow, Experiments in Fluids 48, 2010, p. 763.

Schartman, E., Ji, H., Burin, M.J. Development of a Couette-Taylor Flow Device with Active Minimization of Secondary Circulation, Review of Scientific Instruments 80, 2009, p. 024501. 

Ji, H., Burin, M.J., Schartman, E., Goodman, J. Hydrodynamic Turbulence Cannot Transport Angular Momentum Effectively in Astrophysical Disks, Nature 444, 16 November 2006, p. 343.

White, A.E., Zweben, S.J., Burin, M.J., Carter, T.A., Hahm, T.S., Krommes, J. and Maqueda, R.J. Bispectral Analysis of Low to High-Confinement Mode Transitions in the National Spherical Torus Experiment, Physics of Plasmas 13, 2006, p. 072301-1.

Burin, M.J., et al. Reduction of Ekman Circulation within Taylor-Couette Flow, Experiments in Fluids 40, 2006, p. 962.

Burin, M.J., Tynan, G.R., Holland, C., Antar, G.Y., Crocker, N. A. On the Transition to Drift Wave Turbulence, Physics of Plasmas 12, 2005, p. 052320-1.

Tynan, G.R., Burin, M.J., Holland, C., Antar, G.Y., Crocker, N. Radially Sheared Azimuthal Flows and Turbulent Transport in a Cylindrical Plasma, Physics of Plasmas 11, 2004, p. 5195.

Holland, C., Tynan, G.R., Diamond, P.H., Moyer, R.A., Burin, M.J. Evidence for Reynolds-Stress Driven Shear Flows using Bispectral Analysis: Theory and Experiment, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 44, 2002, p. A453. 

Moyer, R.A., Tynan, G.R., Holland, C., Burin, M.J. Increased Nonlinear Coupling between Turbulence and Low-Frequency Fluctuations at the L-H Transition, Physical Review Letters 87, 2001, p.135001-1.

Tynan, G.R., Moyer, R.A., Burin, M.J., Holland, C. On the Nonlinear Turbulent Dynamics of Shear-Flow De-Correlation and Zonal Flow Generation, Physics of Plasmas 82001, p. 2691.


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