A/Prof. Matthew J. Hole is a Senior Fellow of the ANU, and leads the Plasma Theory and Modelling group at the ANU. His principal field of research is magnetohydrodynamics, fluid modelling, and wave analysis of fusion, industrial, and astrophysical plasmas. Matthew is the founding Chair of the Australian ITER Forum, a research network spanning over 180 scientists and engineers; the Australian member of the IAEA International Fusion Research Council, Chief Division Secretary of the Asia Pacific Physics Society Division of Plasma Physics, and on the Board of Editors of Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. Matthew holds degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, and completed a PhD on plasma centrifuge physics at the University of Sydney. During 2001-2002 he worked for the U.K. Atomic Energy Authority on fusion power on the innovative spherical tokamak concept. From 2003-2004 he worked on space plasma physics in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. Since 2005, he has worked with Prof. Dewar of the Plasma Theory and Modelling Group at the ANU.
A/Prof. Hole is working in the Simon's MHD team, working with Prof. Dewar and ANU colleagues on the formulation and computation of MHD stability of Multi-region relaxation model used in the Simon's proposal to describe fully 3D fields with islands and chaotic regions.