Plasma Theory

We have a burning interest in plasmas - hot ionized gases - also referred to as the fourth state of matter. Plasma physics is a fascinating subfield of physics which brings together electrodynamics, wave-particle interaction, fluid dynamics, relativistic effects and subatomic physics.

About the group

We develop new theoretical and numerical tools to study questions relevant to magnetic fusion and laser-produced plasmas, as well as space- and astrophysical plasmas. In magnetic fusion, we study the generation and dynamics of energetic electron beams. In laser-produced plasmas we focus on understanding the interaction of attosecond photon and electron pulses with matter. In space and astrophysical context we are interested in energy conversion processes between magnetic fields and energetic particles, particularly dynamo and magnetic reconnection. Applications range from energetic particle and radiation sources, understanding of plasma flares in space and astrophysical plasmas, to improved design of fusion devices for large scale energy production.

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Tünde-Maria Fülöp
  • Full Professor, Subatomic, High Energy and Plasma Physics, Physics
Istvan Pusztai
  • Associate Professor, Subatomic, High Energy and Plasma Physics, Physics