Plasma
An infrared camera view shows the inside of the JET tokamak.
Credit: EUROfusion

Plasma Theory

We have 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.  We develop new theoretical and numerical tools to study questions mainly relevant to magnetic fusion and laser-produced plasmas. In magnetic fusion, we study the generation and dynamics of fast electron beams and transport driven by collisions and turbulence. In laser-produced plasmas we focus on finding ways to increase the efficiency, energy and beam quality of laser-plasma driven ion sources. The potential applications range from cancer therapy and lightning initiation, to improved design of fusion devices for large scale energy production.

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Published: Tue 09 Aug 2016. Modified: Thu 13 Sep 2018