Dr. V. Philipps from the Institute for Plasma Physics at the Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) has recently been appointed by EFDA to be the leader of the new task force for “Plasma-Wall Interaction” until the end of 2004. The setting up of this joint European team demonstrates the importance for ITER of the research on the interactions between the plasma and the vacuum vessel wall in fusion devices. Research on plasma-wall interactions has always been one of TEXTOR’s major activities, and one in which FZ Jülich has gained international recognition.

Dr. Volker Philipps (54) has been working at the Forschungszentrum Jülich for 25 years in the field of plasma-wall interaction. He studied physics at the University of Marburg (Germany) and did his doctorate degree at the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH, Germany) in the field of solid-state physics.