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Tony Donné, new Head of Research at FOM
The Steering Committee of the Association Euratom-FOM has appointed Tony Donné as Head of Research Unit. Tony Donné succeeds Niek Lopes Cardozo who will continue to work on fusion at Eindhoven Technical University.
Tony Donné has great experience working on ITER diagnostics. After a PhD in nuclear physics, Tony Donné headed work on the Rijnhuizen TORTUR Tokamak, and lead the diagnostics group of the Rijnhuizen Tokamak Project and the Rijnhuizen collaboration in the TEXTOR Tokamak in Jülich, Germany. He coordinated the European work on microwave and far-infrared diagnostics for ITER during the ITER Engineering Design Activity, was appointed chairman of the ITER Expert Working Group on Diagnostics in 1999 and chaired the ITPA Topical Group on Diagnostics from 2001 to July 2008. Since 2008, Tony Donné chairs the EFDA Diagnostics Topical Group.
The focus of the fusion physics department of Rijnhuizen will be twofold: plasma-surface interactions with Magnum-PSI as the central experimental device, and active control of magnetohydrodynamic modes in burning plasmas with experimental work focused on ASDEX-UG and JET. Both experimental lines will be accompanied by a dedicated effort in the field of theory and modelling.
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