By delving into physics, data analysis, and programming, what Matthias is trying to do is to study the response of the plasma on external magnetic perturbations produced by additional coils.
From understanding how to accurately control and manipulate plasmas, which are ten times hotter than the Sun, to working out optimal design parameters of future fusion plant needs, there is plenty going on in what can be broadly called fusion physics.
How far can childhood fantasies take you? In the case of EUROfusion fellow Gergely (Geri) Papp, they paved way for his career as a fusion researcher.
One ingredient, for a successful experiment in a fusion device like a tokamak, is a well-behaved and stable plasma, but achieving good behaviour and stability in plasma is not trivial. And, this is one of the things that Mélanie Preynas, one of the EUROfusion Research Fellows, tackles: her work aims at controlling in real time what is known as ‘magnetohydrodynamic’ instabilities in the plasma.
Armed with a Masters in Science degree in Aeronautics, Llion Marc Evans was on track for a career in the fast-paced world of Formula 1. Then he made a pit-stop, paid closer heed to stories on sustainable energy and fusion power, changed tracks and drove straight into the world of fusion research.