The ITER Physics second general planning meeting was held in Garching on October 27 and 28 to revisit the details of the EFDA Physics Programme until 2013. More than 60 participants – EFDA Responsible Officers, the Leaderships of the involved EFDA Task Forces and Topical Groups as well as members of the Associates – discussed the deliverables expected from the Associates. Representatives from ITER and Fusion for Energy attended the meeting to confirm the relevance of the Physics Programme to ITER’s needs.

The main novelty of the 2012/2013 Work Programme in the ITER Physics area is a shift from being oriented around topics (MHD, Transport, Plasma-Wall Interation, Heating and Fuelling, Diagnostics) to being structured in Projects that address the most urgent R&D needs of ITER. The programme will be conducted within eleven research areas, each of which addresses cross-topic issues covered by the involved EFDA Topical Groups and Task Forces. EFDA will primarily support projects which significantly benefit from co-ordination through EFDA and projects that can only be carried out efficiently through the combined efforts of several Associates. The programme also includes the development, installation or upgrade of diagnostics which will improve the capability of European machines. This will, for instance mean a significant advance in the field of understanding the nature of the electron heat transport. A number of installations are planned for different machines, enabling scientists to investigate an area where little experimental knowledge is available.

Duarte Borba and Boris Weyssow, EFDA
Boris.Weyssow AT efda DOT org

The 2012/2013 Work Programme

Prediction of Material Migration and Mixed Material Formation

Shaping and Controlling Performance Limiting Instabilities

Fuel Retention and Removal

Plasma Rotation

Electron Heat Transport and Multi-Scale Physics

Pedestal Instabilities (ELMs), Mitigation and Heat loads

Disruptions, Prediction, Avoidance, Mitigation and Consequences

Physics of the Pedestal and H-mode

Fast Particles

Particle Transport, Fuelling and Inner Fuel Cycle Modelling

Operation with Metallic Plasma-Facing Components, including High Power ICRH