The history of fusion energy is like building a cathedral. The knowledge is passed on from one generation to the next. Sometimes even from father to son. Karl Stimmel is currently pursuing a PhD in fusion at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching. And in doing so, he follows in the footsteps of his father who set up the first control system for the cooling of the Pulsator, ASDEX’ predecessor, 40 years ago. The upcoming issue of Fusion In Europe will look at the work done by Bernard Stimmel and how his son Karl is contributing to fusion research today.
Back in 1978, Bernhard founded a small company which was experimenting with the first commercially available microcontrollers. His knowledge proved useful in the installation of a first temperature control system for the new Pulsator tokamak.
Almost 40 years later, his son Karl has joined the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics as a PhD candidate of the Helmholtz School for Plasma Physics. He now simulates plasma turbulence in the Pedestal, the outer region of the tokamak.
So keep an eye out for the next issue of Fusion in Europe to read the entire story!