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

Recent events, research visits and conference participation

Hans Nilsson from IRF Kiruna gave a talk "Emergence of boundaries, structures and possibly shocks at a comet approaching the Sun" on 18 May.

Gareth Roberg Clark from University of Maryland visited 2-3 May and gave a talk "Wave generation and heat-flux suppression in astrophysical plasma systems" on 2 May.

Tünde and George attended the International Sherwood Fusion Theory Conference 23-25 April, organized at Auburn University, Alabama. George had two presentations: "A fast spectral solver for the nonlinear Boltzmann equation" and "Asymptotic reduced models for the interaction of energetic particles and microturbulence". Tünde presented "Runaway electron dynamics in tokamak disruptions".

Andréas Sundström presented his MSc thesis with the title Effects of electron trapping and ion collisions on electrostatic shocks on 19 April.

Tünde gave a talk with the title "Stars on Earth" on the "Environmental physics" course for Engineering Physics students on 10 April.

Illia participated in the 1st European Workshop on Ultrafast Nonlinear Interaction in Gases, organized by DTU Fotonik in Copenhagen, 4 April. He gave an oral presentation with the title "Amplification and frequency up-conversion of THz pulses and generation of relativistic 1-cycle MIR pulses in non-stationary plasmas".

Axel Hallenbert presented his MSc thesis with the title "Multiscale Modelling of Large-Amplitude Fluctuations in Tokamak Edge Plasmas" on 22 March. Opponent was Andréas Sundström.

Andreas Johlander from Uppsala University visited us 20 March and gave a talk with the title "Shock waves in space plasmas".

Istvan Pusztai visited General Atomics 5-16 March to work with Jeff Candy on electromagnetic zonal flow responses.

Eva Macusova from Institute of Plasma Physics, Prague visited us 26 Feb - 9 March.

George Wilkie visited Aalto University in Helsinki 12-16 February.

Mark Dieckmann from Linköping University will visit us 8 Feb. He will give a talk with the title "Lanminar MHD-type shocks in particle-in-cell simulations" 13:30 in N6115.

Oliver Linder and Gergely Papp from Max-Planck IPP Garching visited us 22-26 January.

Istvan Pusztai visited Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory 16-18 January to work with Jason Tenbarge on Vlasov modelling of collisionless shocks.

Elisabetta Boella from KU Leuven visited us 16 January and gave a talk with the title Electrostatic shocks in laser driven plasmas.

Paavo Niskala from Aalto University visited us 12 January. He gave a talk with the title "Interplay of turbulence and flows in gyrokinetic simulations of tokamak plasmas".

Julien Ferri and Longqing Yi had oral presentations at the 5th Conference on High Intensity Laser and Attosecond science in Israel (CHILI2017), 11-13 December in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Longqing spoke about "Relativistic magnetic reconnection driven by a laser interacting with a micro-scale plasma slab" and Julien had a presentation on "Proton beams generated by a pair of laser pulses".

Alessandro Geraldini from Oxford University visited us 5 December. He gave a talk with the title "Kinetic effects of ions in the plasma-wall boundary" on 5 Dec, 13:30 in N6115.

Sergey Komarov from the Russian Space Research Institute visited us 6-8 December. He gave a talk with the title "Self-inhibiting thermal conduction in a hot whistler-unstable plasma" on 6 Dec 13:30 in N6115.

Tünde attended the European Fusion Physics Workshop 27-29 November, Dubrovnik, to give an invited talk on "Approaching multi-scale and multi-physics issues in runaway modelling".

Laurent Gremillet from CEA visited us 13-24 November. He gave a talk with the title The physics of collisionless shocks in laser-driven plasma interactions

George Wilkie visited JET for on-site participation in analysis and modelling tasks 13-18 November.

Eva Macusova from IPP Prague visited Chalmers 6-10 November to work on the effect of impurities on runaway dynamics.

Tünde attended a workshop arranged by the Regional Comittee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Cluj, Romania 2-4 November. She gave a talk with the title: "Gyorsabb, mint a villám: elektronsugarak fúziós reaktorokban és lézerplazma gyorsítókban" on 4 November.

Mathias Hoppe and Ola Embreus visited TCV, EPFL for on-site participation in analysis and modelling tasks 23-27 October.

Longqing Yi, Istvan Pusztai and Joana Martins participated in the 59th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics October 23 - 27, 2017, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Istvan gave a talk with the title Isotope and mixture effects on neoclassical transport in the pedestal, Longqing talked about Relativistic magnetic reconnection driven by a moderately intense laser interacting with a micro-plasma-slab and Joana presented a poster with the title Stochastic heating in laser interaction with ultra-thin foils. Members of our group were also co-author on a poster presentation Synchrotron emission in Alcator C-Mod: spectra at three magnetic fields, visible camera images, and polarization data by R A Tinguely.

George Wilkie visited TCV, EPFL for on-site participation in analysis and modelling tasks 16-20 October.

George Wilkie, Stefan Buller, Tünde and Ian Abel attended the European Fusion Theory Conference in Athens 9-12 October 2017. Stefan gave a presentation on "Ion composition effects on neoclassical transport in density pedestals", Tünde presented "Kinetic modelling of runaways in fusion plasmas", Ian presented "Multiscale modelling for tokamak pedestals" and George gave an invited talk on "First-principles modelling of fast ion transport in microturbulence".

Longqing Yi, Julien Ferri, Vangelis Siminos and Joana Martins attended the 3rd European Advanced Accelerator Concepts Workshop 24-30 September, La Biodola, Isola d'Elba. Vangelis gave a talk about "Kinetic and finite ion mass effects on the transition to relativistic self-induced transparency in laser-driven ion acceleration" and Julien had an oral presentation with the title "High-brilliance betatron gamma-ray source powered by laser-accelerated electrons", Joana presented a poster on "Betatron radiation emission from laser-wakefields driven by pulses with OAM". Longqing's poster's title was "Relativistic magnetic reconnection driven by a laser interacting with a micro-plasma-slab"

Gergely Papp from IPP Garching visited us 18-22 September.

Illia Thiele from Bordeaux visited us 13-15 September.

Oscar Jakobsson (U Manchester) joined us as a project assistant 12 Jun - 15 Sept to work on synthetic synchrotron diagnostics.

The PLIONA general assembly took place 14-15 September, at Chalmers.

Mathias Hoppe and George Wilkie is attending the IAEA energetic particle meeting in Princeton, 5-8 September. George will give an invited talk with the title: "The stabilization of ITG turbulence induced by fast ions". Mathias will give a regular talk with the title "Modelling synchrotron radiation images of runaway electrons".

Paolo Ricci from EPFL visited 31 Aug - 1 Sept.

Fulvio Militello and Sarah Newton from Culham Centre for Fusion Energy visited 30 Aug - 1 Sept.
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Group picture taken 31 Aug after the promotion lecture of Fulvio Militello.

Fulvio Militello presented his adjunct professor promotion seminar "Boundary plasma turbulence: principles and prospects for magnetic fusion" on 31 Aug 13:30.

Stefan Buller presented his Licentiate thesis Radially global neoclassical transport in tokamak pedestals on 1 September 10-12. Opponent was Paolo Ricci from EPFL.

Paolo Ricci gave a seminar with the title "New insights on scrape-off layer plasma turbulence" on 1 Sept 13:30.

Jack Connor from Culham Centre for Fusion Energy visited during 14-26 August.

George Wilkie gave an invited talk with the title "First-principles impurity and energetic particle transport in multiscale gyrokinetics" at US-Japan Joint Institute for Fusion Theory workshop on Multiscale Methods in Plasma Physics that will be held in Boulder, Colorado 22-24 August.

Per Helander from IPP Greifswald visited Chalmers 14-18 August.

Istvan Pusztai visited MIT PSFC, 31 July to 11 August, to work with Peter Catto on impurity asymmetries in the pedestal.

Elizabeth Paul from University of Maryland visited during 24-28 July to work with Ian Abel on adjoint methods for stellarator optimization.

Mathias Hoppe attended the Culham Plasma Physics Summer School 17-28 July in Oxford, UK.

Ian Abel attended the Vienna Gyrokinetics Meeting 17-23 July.

Tünde participated in the workshop on "Theory and Simulation of Disruptions", 17-19 July in Princeton. She gave a talk with the title "Runaway dynamics in disruptions: sliding and screening".

Stefan and Istvan visited JET for on-site participation in analysis and modelling tasks 3-14 July.

Longqing Yi attended in the Advanced school on "Laser-driven sources of high energy particles and radiation" 9-16 July in Capri, Italy. He presented a poster with the title: "Bright X-ray source from laser-driven micro-plasma-waveguide".

List of events before July 2017.

Student research opportunities

The Plasma theory team welcomes students to work with us. Applications consist of CV and academic record and will be followed by an interview. Typical candidate profile is a student in the 2nd to 4th year with excellent grades and basic plasma physics knowledge corresponding to the course RRY085. The students should be able to commit at least 8 hours per week to work with us and should have strong interest in theoretical and/or computational physics. Contact either Tünde or Istvan for more details.

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