Phone: +46 31 7723180


Dept of Physics
Chalmers University of Technology
SE-412 96 Göteborg

Welcome to the website of the plasma theory research group at Chalmers University of Technology. We belong to the Division of Subatomic and plasma physics of the Department of Physics.

PhD defense

Adam Stahl will defend his PhD thesis "Momentum-space dynamics of runaway electrons in plasmas" on 3 March from 13:30 in PJ. The faculty opponent will be Abhay Ram from Plasma Science and Fusion Center, MIT, USA. The members of the evaluation committee will be Gabriella Pautasso, Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Garching, Lars-Göran Eriksson, European Commission and Laurent Gremillet, CEA, France.

In connection to this event, there will be a one-day workshop on plasma kinetic theory on Thursday, 2 March (N6115):
10:00 Abhay Ram: Scattering of radio frequency waves by turbulence in plasmas
11:00 Laurent Gremillet: Laser-driven generation of collisionless turbulent shocks
13:30 Ola Embreus: The Boltzmann collision operator: a couple of applications to plasma physics
14:30 Mathias Hoppe: Synthetic synchrotron diagnostics for runaways in tokamaks
15:00 Linnea Hesslow: Effect of partially-screened nuclei on fast-electron dynamics


Laurent Gremillet from CEA, France, will visit Chalmers 21 February - 4 March.
Gergely Papp from IPP Garching will visit Chalmers 27 February - 3 March.
Joan Decker from Swiss Plasma Centre, EPFL, will visit Chalmers 27 February - 3 March.
Taina Kurki-Suonio and Konsta Särkimäki will visit 4-5 April.
Per Helander from IPP Greifswald will visit 12-13 June and 14-18 August.
Jack Connor from Culham Centre for Fusion Energy will visit 14-18 August.

Outgoing research visits and conference participation

The next PLIONA general assembly meeting will take place 9-10 March in Umeå. Vangelis Siminos, Tim DuBois, Joana Martins, Julien Ferri, Illia Thiele and Tünde are plannning to attend.

Tünde, Linnea Hesslow and Ola Embreus plan to attend the International Sherwood Fusion Theory Conference in Annapolis 1-3 May 2017. Tünde and Linnea will visit University of Maryland 4-8 May. Ola will visit Plasma Science and Fusion Center, MIT 4-5 May.

Adam Stahl, Mathias Hoppe, Ola Embreus, Linnea Hesslow and Tünde will attend the 5th Runaway Electron Meeting 5-8 June in Liblice (Czech Republic).

Adam Stahl, John Omotani, Mathias Hoppe, Stefan Buller, George Wilkie, Linnea Hesslow and Sarah Newton plan to attend the European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics in Belfast, 26-30 June, 2017.

Ian Abel and Edmund Highcock plan to attend the Vienna Gyrokinetics Meeting 17-23 July.

George Wilkie, Edmund Highcock, Ian Abel and Tünde plan to attend the European Fusion Theory Conference in Athens 9-12 October 2017.

Research visits at Asdex-U in relation to the Medium Size Tokamak Programme: Ola Embréus (18-25 April), George Wilkie (6-12 December), and John Omotani (30 March - 12 April). On-site participation in analysis and modeling tasks at JET: Stefan and Istvan (3-14 July), Edmund (3-7 April, 3-7 July, 13-17 November), and George (13-17 November).

Master thesis projects

Are you looking for master thesis project for the coming semester? We are currently offering three new projects: Relativistic chaos in laser-matter interactions, Control of runaway electrons in tokamaks and Collisional dynamics of heavy ions in transport barriers of fusion reactors. For further information contact us directly.

Special issue in European Physics Journal D: Relativistic Laser Plasma Interactions

Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of EPJD dedicated to the physics of interaction of intense laser pulses with plasmas. The core content of this Special Issue will be based on the papers presented at the First Chalmers Workshop on Relativistic Plasma Physics Theory which was arranged by our group and took place at Chalmers October 5 – 7, 2016.

How to find us

The group's offices are on the top (3rd) floor of the Soliden part of the physics building. The address is Fysikgården 1. This map shows various routes to find the place.