Women's Day 2019

International Women’s Day 2019: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change

To mark the 2019 International Women's Day, here are some excerpts from the coversation with the women fusion reseachers.

Emmanuelle Tsitrone, task force leader at CEA Cadarache, who works on testing and operating ITER-grade plasma-facing components in a tokamak talks about why it is important to study plasma-wall interactions in fusion. "I would use a nice quote from a former JET task-force leader: The boundary of plasma in Tokamaks is where the stellar world of hot plasmas meets the very earthly world of solid materials. Understanding and controlling the interaction between these two worlds is key for future fusion reactors. On the one hand, the plasma-facing components have to face extreme conditions and on the other hand the plasma can be harmed by the pollution from the erosion of these plasma facing components. So you have to tame the plasma to avoid damage to the components and also find the ideal material to face the plasma. This is why studying plasma-wall interactions is very important."

Mozhgan Laki, who has a background in optic and laser engineering, is currently pursuing her PhD at DIFFER. “I look into the behaviour of the material when they are facing plasmas under extreme heat flux and develop advanced diagnostics like incoherent and coherent Thomson scattering and collective Thomson scattering. I want to do more experimental work and make an impact in the area of research that I am doing.”


CCFE researcher Eva Belonohy, who is part of the JET Exploitation Unit, explaining why working on JET experiments is exciting: "Tritium is one of the hydrogen isotopes you can use for fusion experiments. And JET is the only machine that can use tritium. Tritium is exciting. You can compare it to adding nitro to the standard fuel for your car… it will boost the fuel performance by a factor of 100."