From understanding how to accurately control and manipulate plasmas, which are ten times hotter than the Sun, to working out optimal design parameters of future fusion plant needs, there is plenty going on in what can be broadly called fusion physics.
How far can childhood fantasies take you? In the case of EUROfusion fellow Gergely (Geri) Papp, they paved way for his career as a fusion researcher.
One ingredient, for a successful experiment in a fusion device like a tokamak, is a well-behaved and stable plasma, but achieving good behaviour and stability in plasma is not trivial. And, this is one of the things that Mélanie Preynas, one of the EUROfusion Research Fellows, tackles: her work aims at controlling in real time what is known as ‘magnetohydrodynamic’ instabilities in the plasma.
Armed with a Masters in Science degree in Aeronautics, Llion Marc Evans was on track for a career in the fast-paced world of Formula 1. Then he made a pit-stop, paid closer heed to stories on sustainable energy and fusion power, changed tracks and drove straight into the world of fusion research.
Experiments with tritium are rare events which spark curiosity amongst the fusion community both in Europe and beyond. The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, home to JET, has just received the first batch of tritium as part of preparations for the next set of full tritium experiments. [updated July 2015]
Recent images of JET interior tiles have shown, in graphic detail, the damage that can be caused by so-called ’runaway’ electrons in JET plasmas.
Last week saw the first General Planning Meeting under EUROfusion at the Suisse Olympic Museum. The sporty environment suited a challenging and ambitious gathering.
With a lecture on the subject of ”The Fusion Roadmap and the challenges of the ITER era” Francesco Romanelli completed his tenure as EFDA Leader and EFDA Associate Leader for JET on 28th November.