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Conferences, research visits and other events until June 2016

Gareth Roberg-Clark from University of Maryland gave a seminar with the title Suppression of thermal conduction in galaxy clusters on 28 June 11am.

Victor Malka from LOA, France, visited Chalmers 22 June to discuss issues of common interest and gave a seminar with the title "Manipulating electrons with intense lasers".

Chang Liu from Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory visited Chalmers 8-15 June to work on runaway electron modelling.

Vangelis Siminos visited Prof Christopher Beattie at the Institute of Mathematics in Berlin, 13-15 June.

Ola Embreus, Adam Stahl, Mathias Hoppe, Linnea Hesslow and Tünde participated in the 4th Runaway Electron Meeting, in Pertuis, France 6-8 June 2016. Adam gave a presentation on "A relativistic non-linear solver for runaway electron dynamics" and Ola talked about the "Effect of bremsstrahlung emission on runaway electrons"

Ola Embreus had his Licentiate seminar 2 June. Opponent was Per Helander from Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Greifswald. The thesis can be downloaded here PDF.
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Alex Tinguely and Robert Granetz from MIT visited Chalmers to work on runaway electron modelling. Alex visited 29 May - 5 June and Bob 2-5 June.

Gergely Papp from IPP Garching visited Chalmers 1-5 June to work on runaway electron modelling.

Håkan Smith from IPP Greifswald visited Chalmers 1-3 June. He gave a talk with the title "Neoclassical viscous torque due to non-axisymmetry in tokamaks".

Tünde, Adam Stahl and Istvan Pusztai visited EPFL on 9 May, to give a talk with the title "Flows and avalanches in plasmas" and discuss collaboration on issues of common interests in fusion plasma physics.

Adam Stahl gave a popular science seminar with the title "Är vi framme snart? Gamla idéer och nya experiment på vägen mot fusionsenergi" to Sveriges Kärntekniska Sällskap in Lund, 3 May.

George Wilkie visited University of Oxford 1-4 May to work with Michael Barnes on turbulent transport in fusion plasmas.

Edmund Highcock from University of Oxford visited 26 April - 1 May.

Tünde, Vangelis Siminos, Tim Dubois, Benjamin Svedung Wettervik and Adam Stahl and Linnea Hesslow have participated in the PLIONA general assembly meeting 18-19 April in Lund. Vangelis and Tim gave talks on their recent work.

Adam Stahl visited University of Maryland 9-16 April to work with Matt Landreman on kinetic modelling of runaway electrons.

Tünde will gave one of the talks at the event Forskarspaningar arranged by the Swedish Young Academy at the Gothenburg Science Festival, 16 April. The title of her presentation was "Ingen snöflinga i lavinen känner sig ansvarig".

Istvan Pusztai and John Omotani participated in the 2016 International Sherwood Fusion Theory Conference in Wisconsin, USA, 4-6 April. John presented a contribution with the title "Neutral regulated flow in the edge plasma" and Istvan presented "Turbulent transport of MeV range cyclotron heated minorities as compared to alpha particles".

Tünde gave a seminar on fusion research on 6 April. Link to the event.

Tünde visited Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory 28-30 March to give a talk at a symposium "Solved and Unsolved Problems in Plasma Physics, The Nathaniel J. Fisch Symposium" in honor of Prof. Fisch on the occasion of his 65th birthday.

Istvan Pusztai visited University of Maryland 19 March - 3 April to work with Matt Landreman on pedestal transport modelling.

Sarah Newton visited University of Oxford 1-12 March to work with Per Helander on stellarator impurity transport.

Linnea Hesslow had her MSc Seminar with the title "Effect of screened nuclei on fast electron beam dynamics" on 26 February.
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Picture taken at Linnea's MSc seminar.

Yevgen Kazakov from Laboratory for Plasma Physics ERM/KMS, Brussels, was promoted to "Oavlönad docent" at Chalmers on 17 December.
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Picture taken at Yevgen's docent seminar with the title "Absorption of radio frequency waves in fusion and space plasmas".

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Picture taken at the PLIONA General Assembly meeting, 26-27 November at Chalmers.

Adam visited University of Maryland 12 October - 13 November to work with Matt Landreman on runaway electron modelling.

Ola, Sarah, Adam, Istvan and Tünde participated in the 57th Annual meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, in Savannah, Georgia 16-20 November 2015. We presented the following posters:
"Numerical calculation of ion runaway distribution" (CP12.00118, Monday 2PM),
"Reaction of runaway electron distributions to radiative processes" (PP12.00103, Wednesday 2PM),
"Conservative large-angle collision operator for runaway avalanches" (PP12.00107, Wednesday 2PM),
"Three.dimensional magnetized and rotating hot plasma equilibrium in a graviational field" (NP 12.00113, Wednesday 9:30AM) and
"Can we study the transport of MeV ions without generating fusion alphas?" (PP12.00093, Wednesday 2PM).

Sarah visited IPP Garching 1-10 October to work with Gergely Papp on runaway electron modelling.

Eero gave an invited topical presentation with the title "Gaussian Radial-Basis-Function solution of the non-linear Fokker-Planck equation" at the 16th European Fusion Theory Conference, in Lisbon, Portugal 5-8 October 2015.

Tünde gave a popular science lecture about fusion energy on 5 Oct 13:15-16:30. The lecture was part of the course "Sustainable power production and transportation".

Tünde gave a popular science lecture with the title "Plasma is hot" on 29 September. The lecture was part of a series "To become a physicist" for first year physics students at Gothenburg University.

Albert Mollén from IPP Greifswald, visited 28 September to give a lecture on stellarators in the Fusion Energy course.

István participated in the conference "Turbulence and dissipation in collisionless astrophysical plasmas" that was held at Institutes des Etudes Scientifiques de Cargese in Corsica, France, 21-25 September. He presented a poster "Global equilibrium of a hot, magnetized and rotating plasma in a gravitational field".

Yevgen Kazakov from Laboratory for Plasma Physics ERM/KMS, Brussels, visited 23 September to give a lecture on plasma heating in the Fusion Energy course and to collaborate on issues concerning impurity ion acceleration with ion cyclotron resonance heating.

Evangelos Siminos from the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden visited 14-19 September to discuss future collaboration on plasma based ion acceleration.

Stefan participated in the 12th Carolus Magnus Summer School on Plasma and Fusion Energy Physics, Aug 24 - Sept 4 in Leuven, Belgium.

Adam participated in the 14th IAEA Technical Meeting on Energetic Particles in Magnetic Confinement Systems, 1-4 September in Vienna, Austria. He gave a poster presentation with the title "Kinetic modelling of runaway electrons".

Andrea Macchi from CNR/INO, Pisa, Italy, gave a research seminar with the title "Structured targets and high-field plasmonics for laser-plasma accelerators" on 24 August.

Per Helander from Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Greifswald visited Chalmers 16-23 August.

Eero has given a presentation with the title "Gaussian Radial-Basis-Function solution of the non-linear Fokker-Planck equation" on 19 August.

Andrea Macchi from CNR/INO, Pisa, Italy, has given a research seminar with the title "Radiation friction effects on ion acceleration and magnetic field generation in superintense laser-plasma interactions" on 17 August.

Andrea Macchi from CNR/INO, Pisa, Italy, has given an intensive course on plasma-based ion acceleration 11-13 August. The course included sheath acceleration and plasma expansion, shocks and solitons, relativistic transparency and radiation pressure acceleration.

George Wilkie from University of Maryland visited 3-10 August to discuss collaboration on issues concering impurity transport in fusion devices.

Andrea Macchi from CNR/INO, Pisa, Italy, visited Chalmers 1-29 August.

Ola, Benjamin and Stefan participated in the 52nd Culham Plasma Physics Summer School, 13-24 July.

Tünde gave a talk on runaway electrons at the IEA Workshop on the Theory and Simulations of Disruptions, at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, 13-15 July.

Ola, Istvan and Tünde participated in the EPS conference, in Lisbon, Portugal 22-26 June 2015. Istvan gave an oral presentation on "Non-monotonic features in the runaway electron tail". Ola presented a poster on ion runaway.

Ola, Adam, Sarah and Tünde participated in the 3rd Runaway Electron Meeting, in Pertuis, France 17-19 June 2015.

The latest PLIONA (Plasma based ION Acceleration) general meeting took place 3-4 June at Chalmers. See the PLIONA Calendar for other PLIONA activities.

Yevgen Kazakov from Laboratory for Plasma Physics ERM/KMS, Brussels, visited 25 May-2 June to collaborate on issues concerning impurity ion acceleration with ion cyclotron resonance heating.

Evangelos Siminos from the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden visited 2-4 June to discuss future collaboration on plasma based ion acceleration.

George Wilkie from University of Maryland visited 19-30 May to discuss collaboration on issues concering impurity transport in fusion devices. He gave a seminar with the title: "An efficient method for calculating microturbulent transport of non-Maxwellian plasma particles" on 26 May 10-11 in N6115.

Yevgen Kazakov from Laboratory for Plasma Physics ERM/KMS, Brussels, gave a seminar with the title "Fast ion generation with novel three-ion radiofrequency heating scenarios" on 26 May 11-12 in N6115.

Gergely Papp from Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Garching, visited 18-30 May to collaborate on issues concerning runaway electrons in tokamaks.

The presentations of the BSc student projects Synchrotron radiation emitted by relativistic electrons in fusion plasmas and Simulation of charged particle orbits in fusion plasmas. took place on 28 May 13:15-14:15 in the PJ seminar room.

Albert defended his PhD thesis "Impurity transport in magnetically confined fusion plasmas" 13:30 on 29 May in the PJ seminar room. Faculty opponent was Olivier Sauter, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. The members of the evaluation committee were Paola Mantica (Istituto di Fisica del Plasma "Piero Caldirola", Milano, Italy), Anne White (MIT, USA) and Howard Wilson (University of York, UK).

Rikard Nordin, member of the Swedish Parliament, visited the eFT group on 22 May.

Eero has visited Joan Decker at EPFL to work on runaway electron modelling 20-22 May.

Istvan visited Plasma Science and Fusion Center at MIT, 2-10 May 2015.

Albert visited University of Maryland (26-27 April), Plasma Science and Fusion Center at MIT (4 May) and Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (5-6 May) and gave theory seminars with the title: "Collisional impurity transport and bootstrap current in non-axisymmetric plasmas".

Albert and Istvan participated in the 2015 US-EU Transport Task Force Workshop in Salem, MA, April 28th - May 1st. Albert gave an oral presentation about impurity transport in stellarators and Istvan presented a poster on electromagnetic effects on zonal flows.

Ola visited the Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Greifswald, 20-24 April to collaborate on issues regarding fast electron transport.

Istvan participated in the "International Career Grant" leadership training course in Stockholm 20-24 April.

Albert visited the Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Greifswald, 13-17 April to collaborate on issues regarding stellarator impurity transport.

Adam participated in the SPIE Optics + Optoelectronics conference in Prague, 13-16 April. He attended "Laser Acceleration of Electrons, Protons and Ions (13-15 April), Relativistic Plasma Waves and Particle Beams as Coherent and Incoherent Radiation Sources (15-16 April) and Medical Applications of Laser-Generated Beams of Particles: Review of Progress and Strategies for the Future (13 April).

Double docent seminars: Håkan Smith and István Pusztai gave their presentations for the title "Oavlönad docent" on 30 March 14-14:45 in the PJ seminar room. Håkan is from Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Greifswald, and the title of his talk was "Energetic particles in plasmas". The title of Istvan's talk was "Turbulence and transport in magnetized plasmas".

Håkan Smith from IPP Greifswald visited Chalmers 27 March -- 2 April to collaborate on issues regarding impurity transport in stellarators.

Andrea Sgattoni from Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerce, Pisa, Italy, visited Chalmers 30 March -- 1 April to discuss future collaboration on the PLIONA project. He gave a talk with the title "Laser-matter interaction: from ion acceleration to high field plasmonics" at on 31 March.

Adam defended his Licentiate thesis "Synchrotron radiation from runaway electrons in plasmas" 13:30 on 27 March. Discussion leader was Dr. Håkan Smith from Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Greifswald, Germany.

Tim Dubois from RMIT University, Melbourne visited Chalmers 23 March -- 1 April to discuss future collaboration on the PLIONA project. He gave two talks:
"Delocalised oxygen models of TLS defects in Josephson junctions" on 24 March 13:15 and
"Scaling laws of particle dispersion by a strong blast" on 25 March 11:00.
The talks will take place in N-6115.

Adam and Tünde participated in the 2015 International Sherwood Fusion Theory Conference in New York, USA, 16-18 March.

Emelie Nilsson visited Chalmers 9-16 March.

Tünde gave a talk at the Chalmers Faculty Club on 10 March 11:30-13:00.

Gergely Papp from Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Garching, visited 16-20 February to collaborate on issues concerning runaway electrons in tokamaks.

Eero visited General Atomics during the first two weeks of February to work with Jeff Candy on numerical solution of the nonlinear Fokker-Planck equation.

Evgeny Efimenko from Nizhny Novgorod State University visited Chalmers during 20-23 January and gave three talks: "Overview of 3-dimensional Particle-in-Cell code PICADOR" (21/1 09:15-09:30); "Ultra-bright source of GeV photons based on Anomalous Radiative Trapping in the Ultra-intese E-dipole Laser Pulse" (21/1 13:15-13:40) and "Ionization dynamics of ultrashort laser pulses" (22/2 10:00-10:45).

Károly Varga-Umbrich from Wigner Research Center in Budapest visited Chalmers 20-24 January to plan collaboration on issues regarding laser based ion acceleration.

John Omotani, postdoctoral researcher at Culham Center for Fusion Energy visited during 13-15 January. He gave a talk with the title "The dynamics of scrape-off layer filaments" on 14 Jan.

Eero Hirvijoki gave a tutorial with the title "Monte Carlo approach to Fokker-Planck theory" on 13 Jan at 10:00 in N-6115.

Conferences, research visits and other events in 2014

Ola presented his MSc thesis "Ion runaway in magnetized plasmas" 19 December 11-12.

Albert visited IPP Greifswald 8-19 December to work on impurity transport in stellarators.

Sarah Newton from Culham Science Centre visited Chalmers 15-19 December to work on runaway ion modelling.

Andrea Macchi gave a talk with the title: "Advanced schemes for laser-plasma ion acceleration" on 20 November.

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Istvan has been awarded the "Simonyi Emlékplakett" from the Hungarian Nuclear Society for achievements in fusion physics.

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Picture taken after Emelie Nilsson's Licentiate seminar "Lower hybrid current drive in the Tore Supra tokamak" on 7 November. Discussion leader was Thomas Jonsson from KTH.

Tünde visited Budapest University of Technology and Economics 27 Oct-3 Nov. She gave a talk "Instabilities, Impurities and Ion sources" at the Wigner Research Centre for Physics 28 October 14:00.

Ola visited Culham Centre for Fusion Energy 27-31 October to work with Sarah Newton on ion runaway.
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Ola in the JET control room.

Istvan participated in the 56th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, 27-31 October, New Orleans. He gave a presentation on "Electromagnetic corrections to the zonal flow residual".

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Picture taken at the "Plasma based compact ion sources" meeting, 22-23 October at Chalmers.

Joan Decker from EFPL Lausanne visited Chalmers as a Jubilee Professor 29 September - 24 October.

Emelie visited Chalmers 6-18 October.

Albert and Tünde participated in Svenska fysikersamfundets fysikdagar, Stockholm 9-10 Oct. Tünde gave a presentation on "Plasma based compact ion sources" on 9 Oct.

Tünde gave a popular science lecture about fusion energy on 6 Oct 13:15-16:00. The lecture was part of the course "Sustainable power production and transportation".

Gergely Papp from IPP Garching was visiting Chalmers 29 September - 3 October.

Tünde and Joan Decker gave a Physics Colloquium on Thursday 2 Oct 14:00-15:30.

We held a "Plasma based compact ion sources" meeting 1-2 October at Chalmers.

Tünde gave a popular science lecture about what's hot and what's not in plasma physics on 30 Sept 10:00-11:45 in the FB lecture room. The lecture was part of a series "To become a physicist" for first year physics students at Gothenburg University.

Albert visited IPP Greifswald 14-26 September to work on impurity transport in stellarators.

Tünde participated in the Göteborg Book Fair in a discussion arranged by the Young Academy of Sweden, with the title "Hur är det egentligen att vara forskare?" on 26 September.

Ola participated in the IPP Summer University for Plasma Physics and Fusion Research, 15-19 September, IPP Garching.

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Ola in the control room at ASDEX.

Tünde participated in the 19th Joint EU-US Transport Task Force Meeting which was held in Culham Center for Fusion Energy 8-11 September. Her invited talk had the title "Recent progress in theoretical aspects of impurity transport".

Albert participated in the Theory of Fusion Plasmas Joint Varenna-Lausanne international workshop, 1-5 September. He presented a poster with the title: On collisional impurity transport in nonaxisymmetric plasmas.

Albert participated in the 7th ITER International School - High Performance Computing in Fusion Science, Aix-en-Provence 25-29 Aug.

Sarah Newton from Culham Science Centre visited Chalmers 25-29 August to work on runaway ion modelling.

Adam participated in Culham Plasma Physics Summer School 14-25 July 2014.

Joan Decker visited Chalmers during June as a Jubilee Professor.

Adam, Albert, Taina, Yevgen, Gergely and Emelie participated in the 41st EPS Conference in Plasma Physics in Berlin 23-27 June. Emelie gave an oral presentation with the title "Kinetic modelling of runaway electrons in tokamak plasmas".

We have organized an international workshop with focus on runaway electron modelling 16-20 June.

Tünde, Eero, Albert, Adam and Annika attended the RUSA conference in Stockholm 10-12 June. Tünde and Annika gave talks on "Impurities and runaways in fusion plasmas" and "The WEST project", respectively. Albert presented a poster.

Emelie Nilsson visited Chalmers 2-20 June to work on runaway electron modelling.

Gergely Papp from Institute of Plasma Physics, Garching, visited Chalmers 8-16 May to work on runaway electron related problems. Gergely gave two guest lectures (diagnostics and safety) in the Fusion Energy course.

Yevgen Kazakov from Laboratory for Plasma Physics ERM/KMS, Brussels, visited Chalmers 5-9 May to collaborate on problems regarding plasma composition in planetary magnetospheres. He will give a guest lecture about plasma heating in the Fusion Energy course (5 May 10-12).

István gave a talk with the title "Impurity transport in Alcator C-Mod in the presence of poloidal density variation induced by ion cyclotron resonance heating" at the ITPA Transport and Confinement Topical Group meeting that was held at MIT, 9-11 April.

István participated in the 2014 International Sherwood Fusion Theory Conference 24-26 March in San Diego.

Tünde visited University of Oxford 9-14 March and gave a talk with the title "Flows and avalanches in plasmas" on 13 March.

Jeff Candy from General Atomics, San Diego, Håkan Smith from Institute of Plasma Physics, Greifswald, and Eero Hirvijoki from Aalto University, Finland, visited Chalmers 3-7 March.

The following presentations were held:
3 March 14:00 Jeff: "NEO results including 3D";
4 March 10:00 Jeff: "6D nonlinear Fokker-Planck equation";
4 March 13:30 Håkan: "About SFINCS";
5 March 10:00 Adam: "About CODE";
5 March 13:30 Albert: "Impurity peaking in C-Mod".

Adam, Tünde and István visited the department of Atomic Physics in Lund, 18-19 February for a kick-off meeting of the "Plasma based compact ion sources" project.
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Picture taken 19/2 at the kick-off meeting in Lund. From left first row: Greger Torgrimsson (Chalmers), Anders Persson (Lund), Gert Brodin (Umeå), Adam Stahl(Chalmers), Anton Ilderton (Chalmers), Tünde Fülöp (Chalmers), Erik Wallin (Umeå), Lovisa Senje (Lund), Olle Lundh (Lund), Martin Hansson (Lund) and Claes-Göran Wahlström (Lund). Back row from the left: István Pusztai (Chalmers), Arkady Gonoskov (Chalmers), Mattias Marklund (Chalmers) and Bastian Aurand (Lund).

István visited University of Oxford 9-15 February to work on the topic of collisional transport in transport barriers. He gave a talk with the title "Departures from a Maxwellian drive and high mode number kink modes in gyrokinetic simulations".

Tünde visited Budapest University of Technology and Economics in January to work on electromagnetic waves destabilized by runaway electrons.

Conferences and research visits in 2013

Albert visited IPP Greifswald 6 November-20 December to work on impurity transport in stellarators.

Tünde visited Plasma Science and Fusion Center at MIT 2-6 December. She gave a a PSFC seminar with the title "Runaway ions in lightning and fusion plasmas".

Adam visited IPP Garching 25-29 November to work on runaway electron modelling together with Gergely Papp and Tamás Fehér.

Albert participated in the 2013 IPP Theory Meeting which was held in Forsthaus Damerow (close to Greifswald). He gave a talk with the title "Impurity transport in tokamaks in the presence of poloidal asymmetries" on 19 November.

Istvan participated in the APS Division of Plasma Physics Conference 11-15 November in Denver. He presented a poster with the title: "Current driven instability in finite beta plasmas" and was co-author on another with the title: "Global delta f neoclassical calculations in the pedestal".

Sarah Newton from Culham Centre for Fusion Energy visited 11-15 November to work on MHD instabilities driven by ion runaways.

Tünde was invited to give a talk at a symposium organized by the Swedish national committee for mathematics for Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013" (MPE2013). The event took place 9 Nov and the talk had the title "Matematikens betydelse för att lösa jordens energiproblem".

Adam Budai from Budapest University of Technology and Economics visited Chalmers 17-24 October to work on kinetic instabilities driven by runaway electrons.

Tünde was invited to give talk with the title "Kinetic instabilities driven by runaway electrons" at the ESF Exploratory Workshop: Multi-scale methods for waves and transport processes in fusion plasmas, Oct 13-16, 2013, IPP Garching.

Tünde has given an invited talk with the title "Running away and radiating" at the European Fusion Theory Conference (Oxford, 23-26 September).

Istvan has given an invited talk wit the title "RF induced poloidal asymmetries and their effects on turbulent impurity transport in a tokamak" at the 14th International Workshop on Plasma Edge Theory in Fusion Devices (Krakow, 23-25 September).

Adam and Emelie have participated in the Carolus Magnus Summer School.
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Most of us have participated in the EPS conference for Plasma Physics (Espoo, Finland, July 1-5, 2013). Yevgen, Gergely and Istvan had oral presentations. Adam, Anna and Albert presented posters. The 2013 European Physical Society Plasma Physics Division PhD Research Award was awarded to István Pusztai, for his thesis "Turbulent and neoclassical transport in tokamak plasmas". Picture taken 1/7 at the EPS conference in Helsinki, where the award was presented.

Sara and Albert participated in the Joint US-EU Transport Task Force meeting, 9-12 April in Santa Rosa, CA, USA. Both of them had oral presentations.

Albert and Istvan had poster presentations at the International Sherwood Fusion Theory Conference (Santa Fe, USA 15-17 April).

Meeting on impurity transport

We held a meeting on impurity transport 24-28 June with participants from MIT, USA, Aalto University, Finland, IPP Greifswald, Germany and Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, England.
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Picture taken 27/6 during the workshop on impurity transport. Peter Catto (MIT), Tünde Fülöp (Chalmers), Sara Moradi (Chalmers), Adam Stahl (Chalmers), Per Helander (IPP Greifswald), Michael Barnes (MIT), Jack Connor (CCFE, England), Sarah Newton (CCFE, England), MJ Pueschel (Univ of Wisconsin), Felix Parra (MIT), Frida Håkansson (Chalmers), Jose Regana (IPP Garching), Istvan Pusztai (Chalmers), Albert Mollén (Chalmers), Danie Tegnered (Chalmers), Anne White (MIT), Håkan Smith (IPP Greifswald), Robert Nyqvist (Chalmers), Andreas Skyman (Chalmers).

PhD defense

Gergely Papp defended his PhD thesis with the title "The role of magnetic perturbations in runaway electron and sawtooth dynamics" on 12 June 10am in FB. The faculty opponent was Roger Jaspers from Eindhoven University. The members of the evaluation committee were Taina Kurki-Suonio from Aalto University, Finland, Lorenzo Frassinetti from KTH, Stockholm and Francois Saint-Laurent from CEA, Cadarache.
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From the left in the front: Gergely Papp, Tünde Fülöp. 2nd row: Sara Moradi, Roger Jaspers, Taina Kurki-Suonio, Gábor Pór. 3rd row: Gergő Pokol, Michal Drevlak, Francois Saint-Laurent, Lorenzo Frassinetti. 4th row: Albert Mollén, Adam Stahl and Imre Pázsit.

Seminar

Taina Kurki-Suonio had a presentation with the title "3D effects on fast (and slow) ion confinement and wall loads in tokamaks" on 12 June 2013, at 15:00.

Fusion Seminars at SNEC

A seminar with the title "Fusion: current status and future outlook" has been given by Tünde within the lunch seminar series of the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Center at Chalmers 29/4. A seminar with the title "Runaway electrons in fusion plasmas" has been given given by Gergely (14/5 12-13) within the same series.

Popular science presentations at Gothenburgs Science Festival (in Swedish)

Two fusion plasma physics seminars have be given by Tünde during the Gothenburg Science Festival. The first one was on Thursday 25/4 18:55-19:15, at Pedagogen, Hus A, sal AK2 138 and had the title "Kontrollera utan att röra". The second one took place in Vasa A, Ägget, Vera Sandbergs Allé 8, on Sunday 28/4 (10:45-11:25) and had the title "Att skena och skina i plasmafysik".

Workshop in runaway electron modelling

We organized a workshops with focus on runaway electron modelling 18-22 March. The list of participants included Joan Decker and Yves Peysson, CEA, France, Matt Landreman, MIT, USA, Gergő Pokol and Anna Kómár, BME, Budapest, Eric Hollmann, UCSD, USA, Håkan Smith and Michael Drevlak, IPP Greifswald, Germany and Pavel Aleynikov from the ITER organization. Very Smart,
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Picture taken 19/3 during the runaway electron modelling meeting. From the left: Adam Stahl (Chalmers), Tünde Fülöp (Chalmers), Gergö Pokol (BME), Gergely Papp (Chalmers/BME), Anna Kómár (BME), Sara Moradi (Chalmers), Michael Drevlak (IPP Greifswald), Otto Asunta (Aalto Univ), Joan Decker (CEA), Yves Peysson (CEA), Emelie Nilsson (CEA/Chalmers), Pavel Aleynikov (ITER Organization), Matt Landreman (MIT), Håkan Smith (IPP Greifswald), Eric Hollmann (UCSD), Albert Mollén (Chalmers), Yevgen Kazakov (Chalmers).

Licentiate seminar

Albert Mollén had his Licentiate seminar on "Turbulent impurity transport in tokamaks" on 14 March 10-12 in FB. Discussion leader was Prof Per Helander, Head of Stellarator Theory Division at the Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Greifswald.

Physics Colloquium

Prof Per Helander gave a physics colloquium 14/3 15:15-16 with the title: "Fusion energy, stellarators and the Wendelstein 7-X project".

Conferences 2012

Sara and Istvan attended the 54th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, October 29- November 2, 2012, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Sara presented an oral contribution with the title "Impurity transport due to electromagnetic drift wave turbulence". Istvan presented a poster with the title "The effect of poloidal asymmetries on turbulent impurity transport"

Yevgen has taken part in a workshop on Fast Ion Modelling and Diagnostics (FIMAD-3) in Innsbruck 11-15 Febr. The aim of this Workshop was to coordinate the effort between fast particle modelling and diagnostics tools available on various machines, including JET DT, and ITER.

Sara and Gergely attended and presented poster contributions at the 24th Fusion Energy Conference, 8-13 October 2012, San Diego, USA. In connection with this meeting Gergely visited General Atomics for 2 weeks.

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Emelie and Albert at the FUSENET PhD Event in France, 21 Oct 2012.
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Sara and Gergely at the IAEA conference in San Diego, October 2012.

Istvan gave an oral presentation with the title "Poloidally varying equilibrium potentials and their effect on impurity peaking" at the ITPA meeting following the IAEA conference in San Diego.

Albert, Adam, Yevgen and Tünde attended the Plasma Section meeting of the Swedish Physical Society 1 Oct in Uppsala. Albert and Tünde gave talks there.

Most of us attended the RUSA meeting in Göteborg 17-18 September. Tünde, Sara and Yevgen gave talks and Gergely presented a poster.

Gergely attended the JET general planning meeting 12-14 September.

Tünde and Gergely had oral presentations at the Dynamics Days Europe conference in Göteborg, 2-7 September. Tünde had a talk on "Electron and positron avalanches in cooling plasmas" and Gergely had a presentation about "The role of magnetic perturbations in fusion plasmas".

Sara and Albert presented poster contributions at the Joint EU-US TTF Workshop in Padua, Italy, September 3-6, 2012

István had an invited talk with the title "Turbulent transport of impurities and their effect on energy confinement" at the conference on Theory of Fusion Plasmas, August 27-31 , 2012, in Varenna, Italy. Yevgen presented a poster contribution at the same meeting.

Sara had an oral contribution with the title "Application of Fractional Kinetics in Turbulent Fusion Plasmas" at the 9th AIMS Conference on Dynamical Systems, Differential Equations and Applications, Orlando, Florida, July 1-5, 2012

Tünde, Gergely, Emelie, Albert, Adam and Yevgen attended the EPS/ICPP conference in Stockholm, 2-6 July, 2012. We were main or co-authors on 12 contributions.

Emelie won the Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion best poster prize!

Emelies poster was selected for the poster prize by PPCF at the recent European Physical Society meeting on Plasma Physics in Stockholm. The competition is for PhD students and to our knowledge it is unprecedented that a MSc student student wins it.

Annika Ekedahl has been appointed Adjunct Professor

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Annika Ekedahl together with Emelie and Tünde after the installation seminar.

Master thesis seminars

Emelie Nilsson and Jakob Rydén had their Master thesis seminars on 11 June in FB. Emelie talked about "Modelling of Lower Hybrid Current Drive in the Tore Supra Tokamak" 10:00-11:00 and Jakob gave a seminar on "Monte Carlo simulation of runaway electrons" 11:00-12:00.

Peter Catto appointed as honorary doctor

Our long term collaborator and mentor Peter Catto, Assistant Director and Head of Theory at Plasma Science and Fusion Center at MIT, has been awarded a honorary doctorate at Chalmers. The promotion ceremony has taken place 12 May.
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Doctor Honoris Causa Peter Catto and his academic grandson Dr Istvan Pusztai

Seminar at the Science Festival

Tünde had a seminar about runaway positrons (in Swedish) on 26 April 17:10-17:30 in Nordstan. This was one of 7 popular science seminars given by members of the Swedish Young Academy. After the seminars there was a debate with the title "Is curiosity useful?" (17:30-18:15).

Past research visits

Prof Friedrich Wagner visited Chalmers 27-29 March to take part in Chalmers Energy Conference. He gave a talk with the title "Magnetic confinement fusion - status and challenges".
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Past conferences

Tünde had an oral contribution with the title "Runaway positrons in magnetized plasmas" at the International Workshop on Positrons in Astrophysics, March 20-23, Mürren, Switzerland.

Tünde was chair at the "3D effects on disruption" session at the European Fusion Physics Workshop in Usedom in December. Gergely had an oral contribution about effect of resonant magnetic perturbations on runaway electrons at the same meeting.

Albert had a poster presentation at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics. Tünde had an oral contribution with the title "Runaway positrons in magnetized plasmas" at the same meeting.

Sara had two poster presentations on the 14th European Fusion Theory Conference, Frascati, Italy (26-29 Sept).

Gergely has attended the IAEA Technical Meetings on “Theory of Plasmas Instabilities” (5-7 Sept) and on “Energetic Particles in Magnetic Confinement Systems” (8-10 Sept). He had oral contributions at both these meetings. The slides and corresponding proceedings papers can be downloaded form the links above.

PhD defense and mini-workshop on turbulent and neoclassical transport in tokamaks

István has defended his PhD thesis on 25 Nov. His opponent was Frank Jenko, IPP Garching. The members of the evaluation committee were Clarisse Bourdelle, CEA Cadarache, Jukka Heikkinen, VTT Finland and Volker Naulin, Risö Laboratory, Denmark.
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From the left in the front: Sara Moradi, István Pusztai, Tünde Fülöp and Gergely Papp. From the left in 2nd row: Jeff Candy, Frank Jenko and Yevgen Kazakov. From the left in the back: Clarisse Bourdelle, Gergely Csépány, Jakob Rydén, Jukka Heikkinen, Volker Naulin, Johan Anderson and Albert Mollén. More pictures can be found in our picture gallery. Listen to a celebrated performance from the party. We all hope that the new lyrics for this old classic will catch on...

In connection to this event, there were seminars on Thursday, Nov 24
13:30 "Turbulent transport of energetic particles in laboratory and astrophysical plasmas" by Prof Frank Jenko, Max-Planck Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching
14:30 "Neoclassical Transport Including Collisional Nonlinearity" by Dr Jeff Candy, General Atomics, San Diego
15:30 "Gyro-kinetic quasilinear modelling of turbulent transport" by Dr Clarisse Bourdelle, CEA, Cadarache
16:30 "Impurity transport due to electromagnetic drift wave turbulence" by Dr Sara Moradi, Chalmers.

PhD event on Fusion Science and Technology

Gergely and Albert have taken part in the PhD Event for European PhD Students in Fusion Science and Technology at IPP Garching, Germany, on October 13 and 14, 2011. The aim of the event was to bring together EU PhD students in Fusion Science and Technology to discuss their work, but also to attend lectures of broader interest and to get to know each other.
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Summer schools

Jakob, Emelie and Albin have participated in the IPP Summer University on Plasma Physics and Fusion Research.
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