20 million reasons to run away and radiate

Tünde Fülöp, plasma physicist at the Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers, has received a grant worth SEK 20 million  from the European Research Council. The project is about developing new ways of modelling particle acceleration in plasmas.

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a Consolidator grant worth SEK 20 million to plasma physicist, Tünde Fülöp.

Tünde Fülöp has a burning interest in plasmas – hot ionized gases – also called the fourth state of matter.

– Plasma physics is a fascinating subfield of physics which brings together electromagnetics, fluid dynamics, wave-particle interaction, relativistic effects, and subatomic physics. My research focus is magnetic fusion and laser-plasma accelerators.

– The ERC project is about understanding particle acceleration in plasmas, the radiation emitted by the fast particles and how they affect the rest of the plasma. The underlying physics is fascinating. It includes instabilities, shock waves, avalanches, and the physics of the microscale affects the macroscopic behaviour and vice versa, making these processes challenging to model.  Applications range from cancer therapy and lightning initiation, to fusion devices for large-scale energy production.

This is the second time the ERC Consolidator Grants are awarded. The grants are aimed at strengthening established scientists who have recently started their own research groups in their leadership roles. The scientists who have been awarded Consolidator Grants are considered to have the potential to be world leaders in their fields.

Prof. Tünde Fülöp, Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers

Photo: Henrik Sandsjö

Published: Tue 17 Feb 2015.