Prof. Dr. Per Helander

Head of Stellarator Theory Division

Born in Swedish Umeå in 1967, Per Helander studied physics at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. After taking his PhD on the dynamics of fast ions in fusion experiments of the tokamak type in 1994 and working as a visiting scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge (USA), he joined the theory department at Culham Science Centre in Abingdon (Great Britain) in 1996. He also served as an adjunct professor at Chalmers University of Technology from 2002 till 2005. In 2006, he was appointed Scientific Fellow at the Greifswald Branch of Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics where he heads the department "Stellarator Theory". In parallel he was appointed to a chair for theoretical plasma physics at the University of Greifswald. His personal research interests include most aspects of stellarator and tokamak physics, in particular kinetic theory, as well as general questions in plasma physics.

Selected publications:

P. Helander
Microstability of magnetically confined electron-positron plasmas
Physical review letters 113, 135003 (2014)
P. Helander
Theory of plasma confinement in non-axisymmetric magnetic fields
Reports on Progress in Physics 77, 087001 (2014)
P. Helander et al.
Stellarator and tokamak plasmas: a comparison
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 54, 124009 (2012)
P. Helander and A.N. Simakov
Intrinsic ambipolarity and rotation in stellarators
Physical Review Letters 101, 145003 (2008)
P. Helander, D.J. Sigmar
Collisional Transport in Magnetized Plasmas
Cambridge University Press 2002, paperback edition (2005)
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