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Christian Theiler awarded EUROfusion grant


Professor Christian Theiler at the Swiss Plasma Center (EPFL) has been awarded an “Enabling Research Grant” from the EUROfusion Consortium to lead a collaborative research project in the physics of tokamaks.

The last 3 papers of the Swiss Plasma Center

Theory of the Drift-Wave Instability at Arbitrary Collisionality

R. Jorge; P. Ricci; N. Loureiro

Physical Review Letters. 2018-10-19.

DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.165001.

A numerically efficient framework that takes into account the effect of the Coulomb collision operator at arbitrary collisionalities is introduced. Such a model is based on the expansion of the distribution function on a Hermite-Laguerre polynomial basis to study the effects of collisions on magnetized plasma instabilities at arbitrary mean-free path. Focusing on the drift-wave instability, we show that our framework allows retrieving established collisional and collisionless limits. At the intermediate collisionalities relevant for present and future magnetic nuclear fusion devices, deviations with respect to collision operators used in state-of-the-art turbulence simulation codes show the need for retaining the full Coulomb operator in order to obtain both the correct instability growth rate and eigenmode spectrum, which, for example, may significantly impact quantitative predictions of transport. The exponential convergence of the spectral representation that we propose makes the representation of the velocity space dependence, including the full collision operator, more efficient than standard finite difference methods.

TORBEAM 2.0, a paraxial beam tracing code for electron-cyclotron beams in fusion plasmas for extended physics applications

E. Poli; A. Bock; M. Lochbrunner; O. Maj; M. Reich et al.


DOI : 10.1016/j.cpc.2017.12.018.

Thermal-Hydraulic Test and Analysis of the ENEA TF Conductor Sample for the EU DEMO Fusion Reactor

R. Bonifetto; P. Bruzzone; V. Corato; L. Muzzi; L. Savoldi et al.


DOI : 10.1109/TASC.2018.2821367.

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