Prof. Dr. Ulrich Stroth
After completing his physics studies at the Technical University of Darmstadt Ulrich Stroth – born in 1957 in Erbach im Odenwald – took his PhD at Laue Langevin Institute in Grenoble. 1987 he joined the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik in Garching. Here he was concerned with investigating the magnetic confinement of the ultrahot plasma in the ASDEX and Wendelstein 7-AS devices. Research periods in the USA and Japan enabled him to extend his activities to other fusion devices. In 1996 he was awarded his postdoctoral lectureship with a thesis on comparative transport studies in fusion plasmas. In 1999, he was appointed as professor of physics at the University of Kiel, where he formed a research group and installed the TJ-K experiment for investigating plasma turbulence. This small device was transferred to the Plasma Research Institute at the University of Stuttgart, when he became director there in 2004. Besides their turbulence studies the Stuttgart scientists are working in close collaboration with IPP to apply microwaves for heating, diagnostics and stabilization of fusion plasmas. They are also conducting studies on low-temperature plasmas and their applications, such as activating, coating and sterilizing surfaces. In November 2010 Ulrich Stroth joined IPP as Scientific Fellow and Division Head.