After the success in producing helium plasma in December last year, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald, Germany - for the first time in history - managed to produce hydrogen plasma. The ceremonial countdown, which was initiated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on 3rd January 2016, was also attended by the IFJ PAN representatives: Prof. Marek Jeżabek, Prof. Adam Maj, D. Eng. Marek Stodulski, M.Sc.Leszek Hajduk and D.Sc. Zenon Sułek. Employees of the IFJ PAN, mainly from the Division of Scientific Equipment and Infrastructure Construction (DAI) and the Technical Section (DOT), had participated in the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator construction. Inside this fusion device hydrogen plasma at temperature of 80 million degrees Celsius appeared for a quarter of a second, approaching the humankind to solving the energy problems of the modern world.
D. Eng. Marek Stodulski was responsible for the Polish team working for that experiment and the IFJ PAN employees in charge of particular tasks were: D.Sc. Zenon Sułek, M.Sc. Leszek Hajduk, Eng. Edward Górnicki (NO1), M.Sc. Eng. Barbara Dzieża (LADIS), D. Eng. Jacek Błocki and M.Sc. Eng. Jerzy Kotula.
More information can be found on the website of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald, Germany: