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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.


We have two openings:
Postdoctoral position in plasma based compact ion sources
Postdoctoral position in theoretical plasma physics
Application deadline is 31 August.

Candidates that match the required profile will be continuously interviewed until the position is filled.

Visitors and upcoming events

Elisabeth Wolfrum from Max-Planck Institute of Plasma Physics Garching will visit Chalmers 17-19 August. She will give a seminar with the title "The pedestal at ASDEX Upgrade" on 18 August, 10-11 in N6115.

Matt Landreman from University of Maryland will visit Chalmers 22-26 August.

Bengt Eliasson from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, will visit Chalmers 22-23 August. He will give a presentation with the title: The ionosphere as a natural laboratory to study magnetized plasma turbulence on 22 Aug 13:30 in N6115.

Fulvio Militello from Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, England, will visit Chalmers 24-27 August to work on edge plasma physics. He will give a presentation on The Role of Filamentary Dynamics in the Plasma Exhaust on 25 August 10:00 in N6115.

Anatoly Spitkovsky from Princeton University, USA, will visit Chalmers 12 September.

Luis Silva from Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal, will visit Chalmers 12-13 September.

Chandrasekhar Joshi from University of California Los Angeles will visit Chalmers 13-14 September. He will give a presentation on plasma accelerators 13 Sept 13:30.

Mark Dieckmann from Linköping University will visit Chalmers 14-15 September to discuss issues of common interest in laser-plasma interaction.

Mickael Grech from LULI, France, will visit Chalmers 3-7 October.

Paul McKenna from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, will visit Chalmers in November.

Laser plasma theory and modelling workshop

We will arrange an informal workshop focused on theoretical issues in laser-plasma interactions. The workshop will take place 5-7 October at Chalmers. Confirmed participants are Mickael Grech from LULI, Laurent Gremillet from CEA, Vladimir Tikonchuk from CELIA, Stefan Skupin and Illia Thiele from Bordeaux, Agustin Lifshitz from LOA, Anna Grassi from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Jorge Vieira and Joana Martins, IST, Portugal, Mattias Marklund, Tom Blackburn, Joel Magnusson and members of our group at Chalmers.

Outgoing research visits and conference participation

Tim Dubois will participate in the 25th Annual International Laser Physics Workshop (LPHYS'16), July 11-15 in Yerevan, Armenia. He will give a talk on "Vlasov modelling of laser-driven collisionless shock acceleration of protons".

Vangelis Siminos is invited to give a talk at the 7th European Congress of Mathematics, July 18 - 22, Berlin.

Linnea Hesslow will participate in the Culham Plasma Physics Summer School 18-29 July.

Istvan Pusztai and Edmund Highcock will participate in the 9th Plasma Kinetics Working Group Meeting, at the Wolfgang Pauli Institute, Vienna, 25 July - 5 August.

Vangelis Siminos is invited to give a talk at the SIAM Conference on Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures, August 8-11, Philadelphia, USA. He will speak about "Unraveling the State-Space of the Nonlinear Nonlocal Schrödinger Equation: Quasiperiodic Oscillations and Homoclinic Orbits".

John Omotani, and George Wilkie and Adam Stahl plan to participate in the Theory of Fusion Plasmas Joint Varenna-Lausanne international workshop, 29 Aug - 2 Sept. John will present a poster with the title "Edge rotation from momentum transport by neutrals", Adam will present "A nonlinear relativistic solver for runaway electron dynamics" and George will present "Global anomalous transport of ICRH-heated minority ions and helium ash".

Sarah Newton and Istvan Pusztai plan to participate in the Transport Task Force meeting, Switzerland, Leysin, 5-8 Sept. She will present a contribution with the title "Neoclassical radial impurity flux in a mixed collisionality stellarator plasma". Istvan will present an oral contribution: "Neoclassical transport and flows in pedestals with impurities" and a poster contribution: "Turbulent transport of MeV range cyclotron heated minorities as compared to fusion alphas".

George Wilkie and Edmund Highcock plan to participate in the 2016 Gyrokinetic Theory Working Group Meeting in Madrid, 26-30 September.

Vangelis Siminos is invited to give a talk at the International Symposium "Advances in Nonlinear Photonics", September 29 - October 1, 2016 in Minsk, Belarus.

John Omotani, Sarah Newton and Tünde plan to participate in the IAEA Fusion Energy Conference, 17-22 October, Kyoto. We plan to present two poster contributions: "Edge flow from momentum transport by neutrals" and "Kinetic modelling of runaways in fusion plasmas".

Istvan Pusztai and Stefan Buller plan to participate in the 58th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, 31 Oct - 4 Nov, San Jose, USA.

PLIONA activities

The next PLIONA general assembly meeting will take place at Chalmers 3-4 October. The schedule for the skype meetings can be found in the PLIONA Calendar.


The graduate course Collisional transport in magnetized plasmas led by John Omotani started on 12 April 2016 and will be going on until approximately mid-September.
The MSc course Fusion Energy (RRY115) will be given during study period 1 (starting from 29 Aug).

New people

Aletta Csapó will work with the group as a project research assistant 25 August - 23 September. She will work on collisionless shock acceleration.

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.