Disputas - Master of Science Gregor Decristoforo

Master of Science Gregor Decristoforo will Friday May 21th at 12:15 publically defend his thesis for the PhD degree in Science

Title of the thesis:

«Numerical simulations and stochastic modeling of intermittent fluctuations in magnetized plasmas»


Popular scientific abstract:

The exhaust of heat and particles in the boundary of contemporary fusion experiments remains to this day a major obstacle on the road to commercially viable fusion energy production. It is recognized, that plasma turbulence is the main cause for particle transport, leading to damaging plasma-wall interactions. Due to the complexity of the physics involved in the boundary of fusion devices, numerical simulations are utilized in order to gain a better understanding of boundary plasmas.

In this thesis, well-established models for fusion plasmas are analyzed. The statistical properties of these numerical simulations are validated by a stochastic model which stands in excellent agreement with experimental measurements. The presented work identifies which numerical models accurately describe boundary plasmas and thereby which models can be utilized for simulations of current and next generation fusion devices.


The thesis is published in Munin and is available at: https://hdl.handle.net/10037/21170



  • Professor Odd Erik Garcia, Department of Physics and Technology, UiT (main supervisor)
  • Professor Martin Rypdal, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, UiT


Evaluation committee:

  • Professor Sandra Chapman, Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics, Physics Department, University of Warwick, UK(1. Opponent)
  • Professor Volker Naulin, Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy, Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark (2. Opponent)
  • Professor Rune Graversen, Department of Physics and Technology, UiT (internal member and leader of the committee)

The 1st and 2nd opponent will participate remotely to the defence.


Leader of the public defense:
The leader of the public defense is Associate Professor Yngve Birkelund, Head of the Department of Physics and Technology, Faculty of Science and Technology, UiT.


Opposition ex auditorio:
If you have any questions for the candidate during the public defence, please send an e-mail to the leader of the public defence. They will announce the questions during the defence.


Trial lecture:

The trial lecture is held Friday May 21th at 10:15 digitally.

Title of the trial lecture: «Ion beam and neutral beam propulsion»



The defense and trial lecture will be streamed via Mediasite: 




UiT follows the national guidelines regarding infection control. A maximum of 20 people are allowed in the auditorium during the defence, as long as everybody keeps a distance of 1 meter at all times.


When: 21. May 2021 at 12.15–15.00
Where: Teknologibygget Auditorium 1.022
Location / Campus: Tromsø
Target group: Employees, Students, Guests, Invited
Contact: Jakob Holden Hansen
E-mail: Jakob.h.hansen@uit.no
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