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Posted July 15th 2013
Scientific excellence and high-quality, international research projects won twelve postdoctoral researchers EFDA fellowships which will support them for two years. The new fellows come from nine Associate laboratories and they succeeded in a two-stage selection process from a total of 22 applicants. EFDA wishes all fellows a successful two years.
Since the programme started in 2007, EFDA has supported 57 fellows.
I investigate tungsten laminates for DEMO divertor applications. I am grateful for having received an EFDA fellowship as it allows me to continue my work on the foil laminate materials. I really appreciate the opportunity to get in touch with material experts from all over the world.
Jens Reiser, KIT, Germany
My work will be focused on the experimental validation of turbulent transport models in the ASDEX-Upgrade tokamak. The physical processes responsible for the ejection of macroscopic coherent plasma structures – known as filaments – are one of the key open questions regarding the transport of heat and particles to the different plasma facing components. A proper and validated model of these is required in order to ensure the safe operation of the next generation of tokamaks.
Daniel Carralero, IPP, Germany
The electrical network of ITER or of a fusion power plant has to bear unprecedented loads. In some operating conditions unwanted instabilities in the network might occur, for instance fast voltage variations. My research project aims to develop analytical models that can identify and prevent such effects. The work will complement studies which aim at guaranteeing the correct operation of the ITER power supply system.
Claudio Finotti, ENEA-RFX, Italy
To reliably predict power exhaust in a fusion reactor, sophisticated numerical modelling is needed in combination with experimental validation. I will use this EFDA fellowship to conduct and model impurity-seeded discharges in ASDEX Upgrade and JET, for the purpose of achieving DEMO-relevant scalings of exhaust physics.
Leena Aho Mantila, TEKES, Finland
My simulations will provide fundamental understanding of how hydrogen and helium interact with reactor structural materials.
Erin Hayward, CEA, France
At MAST, I am implementing a new Doppler backscattering diagnostic for measurements of density fluctuations and plasma flows. It is hoped that the data obtained will provide new insights into the turbulence that generates transport of particles, momentum, and energy across field lines in magnetic confinement fusion devices.
Jon Hillesheim, CCFE, UK
My research project aims at contributing to the unification of 3D physics in all three magnetic configurations (Tokamak, Reversed Field Pinch and Stellarator) by using a common approach. The research project will be focused on the study of physical effects of 3D magnetic fields, such as the externally applied magnetic perturbations for the control of the helical structures occurring in the core plasma and a wealth of other phenomena taking place in the outer plasma.
Barbara Momo, ENEA-RFX, Italy
My research project focusses on ICRF plasma discharge production aiming at consolidating the related vacuum vessel conditioning technique, Ion Cyclotron Wall Conditioning, for application on ITER and W7-X. I will closely participate in the multi-machine experimental activities related to ICRF discharge conditioning, and perform modelling of ICRF discharge production combined with dedicated experiments to benchmark the codes.
Tom Wauters, LPP-ERM/KMS, Belgium
I will investigate the performance of liquid metals as an alternative divertor solution for DEMO and future fusion devices. This work will take place at the MAGNUM-PSI linear device at FOM-DIFFER.
Thomas Morgan, FOM-Differ, The Netherlands
This project will contribute to an ITER priority research subject: the prediction of imminent disruptions. For that, shots from JET’s ITER-Like-Wall campaigns will be used to develop an adaptive ITER-suitable system using Artificial Intelligence techniques.
Giuseppe A. Rattá Gutiêrrez, CIEMAT, Spain
The project is dedicated to experimental multi-diagnostic studies of interplay between energetic ions and basic plasma instabilities, such as neoclassical tearing modes. The studies will be conducted on ASDEX Upgrade which is equipped with a number of fast ion diagnostics and versatile sources of fast ions. This knowledge is important since good confinement of fast ions and a proper removal of helium ash is vital for future fusion machines and requires understanding of underlying physics.
Dmitry Moosev, Differ, The Netherlands
“I am implementing a new numerical method called IsoGeometric Analysis into computer models that simulate the behaviour of a fusion plasma in a tokamak. With the numerical tools I am developing, one can achieve complex and realistic tokamak geometries. Ultimately, we will be able to handle more realistic ITER plasma simulations.
Ahmed Ratani, CEA, France
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