Guido Huijsmans is working as computational physicist at the French institute for research in nuclear fusion (IRFM) and, as ITER scientist fellow, at the ITER Organization (www.iter.org) in Cadarache France. He is also part-time full professor at Eindhoven University of Technology.
His area of expertise is large-scale (magneto-hydrodynamic) instabilities in fusion plasmas. These instabilities are a possible concern for the operation of ITER, the next generation fusion experiment now under construction. Large-scale numerical simulations are applied to study the complex non-linear physics and especially methods for the control the MHD instabilities. Development of a predictive capability for their occurrence, consequences and control are required for the preparation of the operation of ITER and the design future reactors.
Guido Huijsmans, after graduation from University of Twente, completed his PhD at the FOM Institute for Plasma Physics “Rijnhuizen” (now DIFFER) in 1991 on the subject of MHD instabilities. From there he moved to the Joint European Torus (JET) project, still the largest tokamak fusion experiment in operation, comparing experimental observation of MHD instabilities to theoretical predictions. In 1999, he moved to the IRFM institute concentrating on numerical simulations of fusion plasmas. Dr. Huijsmans is the original developer of the simulation code “JOREK” (www.jorek.eu). Its development and application has expanded into a Europe-wide activity within the European fusion research program (www.euro-fusion.org).