Professor Dr. Thomas Klinger

Academic Director

Thomas Klinger, born in Eutin in 1965, studied physics at the University of Kiel. After a research stay in France, he received his doctorate in 1994 with a thesis on gas discharge physics. After guest stays at the Alfvén Laboratory in Stockholm, at the Center de Physique Théorique in Marseille and at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching, he completed his habilitation in 1998 with a thesis on “Control of plasma instabilities”. Shortly afterwards he was appointed Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Greifswald, where he headed the Institute of Physics as Managing Director from 2000 to 2001. Since April 2001 he has been a scientific member of the Max Planck Society and director at the Greifswald Institute for Plasma Physics, where he heads the “Stellarator Dynamics and Transport” department. In April 2002 he was appointed to a chair in experimental plasma physics at the University of Greifswald and has been head of the “Wendelstein 7-X” company since 2005. Thomas Klinger was active in numerous German and international scientific committees, including as a member of the DFG expert committee and as a member of the plasma physics board of the European Physical Society.

Selected publications
  • Weir, G. M.; Xanthopoulos, P.; Hirsch, M.; Höfel, U.; Stange, T.; Pablant, N.; Grulke, O.; Äkäslompolo, S.; Alcuson, J.; Bozhenkov, S. et al.: Heat pulse propagation and anomalous electron heat transport measurements on the optimized stellarator W7-X. Nuclear Fusion 61, 056001 (2021)
  • Zhang, D.; König, R.; Feng, Y.; Burhenn, R.; Brezinsek, S.; Jakubowski, M.; Buttenschön, B.; Niemann, H.; Pavone, A.; Krychowiak, M. et al.: First Observation of a Stable Highly Dissipative Divertor Plasma Regime on the Wendelstein 7-X Stellarator. Physical Review Letters 123, 025002 (2019)
  • Klinger, T.; Andreeva, T.; Bozhenkov, S.; Brandt, C.; Burhenn, R.; Buttenschön, B.; Fuchert, G.; Geiger, B.; Grulke, O.; Laqua, H. P. et al.: Overview of first Wendelstein 7-X high-performance operation. Nuclear Fusion 59, 112004 (2019)
  • Windisch, T.; Krämer-Flecken, A.; Velasco, J. L.; Könies, A.; Nührenberg, C.; Grulke, O.; Klinger, T.; W7-X Team, Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Max Planck Society: Poloidal correlation reflectometry at W7-X: radial electric field and coherent fluctuations. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 59, 105002 (2017)
  • Klinger, T.; Alonso, A.; Bozhenkov, S.; Burhenn, R.; Dinklage, A.; Fuchert, G.; Geiger, J.; Grulke, O.; Langenberg, A.; Hirsch, M. et al.: Performance and properties of the first plasmas of Wendelstein 7-X. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 59, 014018 (2017)


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