Short CV/Education and training

  • 1979 – 1982
    Vocational Gymnasium (grammar school), Kerschenstein School, Stuttgart, Germany

  • 1982
    Abitur (A-levels) and state certification as a physical-technical assistant

  • 1982 – 1984
    Physical-technical assistant at the Institute for Theory of Electrical Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Germany

  • 1984 – 1991
    Studied physics at the University of Stuttgart

  • 1991 – 1995
    Doctoral studies at the Plasma Research Institute, University of Stuttgart

  • 1995 – 2004
    Working under the chair in Experimental Plasma Physics at the University of Augsburg, Germany

  • Since 2004
    Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, and teaching and research at the University of Augsburg

  • 2006
    Visiting Associate Professor at the National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS), Tokyo, Japan

  • 2008
    Professor by special appointment at the University of Augsburg

  • Since 2008
    Acting chair in experimental plasma physics at the University of Augsburg

  • Since 2010
    Acting head of the Division of Technology at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics

Selected publications

  • Fantz, U. et al.: Physical performance analysis and the progress of the development of the negative ion RF source for the ITER NBI system. In: Nuclear Fusion 49, 2009. 125007 (9pp).

  • Fantz, U. et al.: Negative Ion RF Sources for ITER NBI: Status of the Development and Recent Achievements. In: Plasma Phys. Control. Fusion 49, 2007. S. 563-580.

  • Fantz, U., Wünderlich, D.: A Novel Diagnostic Technique for H-(D-)Densities in Negative Hydrogen Ion Sources. In: New Journal of Physics 8, 2006. S. 301 (23pp).

  • Fantz, U., Wünderlich, D.: Franck-Condon Factors, Transition Probabilities and Radiative Lifetimes for Hydrogen Molecules and Their Isotopomeres. In: Atomic Data and Nuclear Data Tables 92, 2006. S. 853-973.

  • Fantz, U.: Basics of Plasma Spectroscopy. In: Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 15, 2006. S. 137-147.

Selected projects

  • Management of project for developing powerful ion sources (negative hydrogen ions) to heat neutral particles for ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Chair of the International Conference on Phenomena of Ionized Gases (ICPIG), since 2009

  • On the board of the Bavarian regional association of the German Physical Society (DPG); member of the DPG Council since 2006

  • Member of the DPG technical committee Plasma Physics, 2002 – 2006

  • Consultant and chief scientific investigator for "Atomic and Molecular Data for Fusion Edge Plasmas" at the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA), Vienna, Austria, since 2001


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