In the last issue the new Task Force Leader and Deputy Leaders of E1 and E2 were introduced. As part of a overall revised structure for the Task Forces, Paola Batistoni (ENEA, Italy) and Paul Coad (CCFE, United Kingdom) have been appointed as Task Force Leader and Deputy Leader respectively.

Paola Batistoni

Paola Batistoni’s background is in Neutronics and in neutron induced activation in materials. Her experiments at the Neutron Generator in Frascati are devoted to the validation of the ITER and DEMO nuclear design. For many years she has been coordinating EFDA and Fusion for Energy tasks in her research field.

“Fusion Technology includes a large variety of tasks for the assessment of tritium retention inside the vessel and for developing methods to analyse and remove it. R&D activities on mixed materials complement these tasks. The shutdown provides a unique occasion to collect dust and flakes originating from the ‘old’ carbon wall for chemical analysis.
By 2011 Fusion Technology activities using the ITER-Like Wall will provide fundamental results for understanding plasma wall interactions and tritium retention inside the ITER vessel. Finally, a deuterium-tritium experiment in a few years time at JET will be an opportunity to help solving safety issues related to tritium retention, process and waste management before starting deuterium-tritium operation in ITER.
This work has to be well prepared in advance to best exploit the unique opportunity provided by JET. For instance, appropriate experimental facilities need to be available to allow the handling and analysis of tritiated and mixed materials. In view of these important requirements, I would like to improve the integration of the various Fusion Technology tasks. A first step on this way was the general meeting organised last December.”

Paul Coad

Paul Coad has been involved in analysis of vessel components since the very first JET shutdown in 1984. Under the EFDA Agreement, established in 2000, the physicist continued to work in the field of erosion, deposition and retention in JET, firstly as unofficial advisor and later – officially – as Deputy Task Force Leader

“The number of tasks controlled by Task Force Fusion Technology has grown considerably – from 6 initiated in 2000 to 19 in 2009. ‘Tritium in the tokamak’ and ‘Plasma facing components’ account for the majority of the 2009 tasks and will provide crucial support for the ITER-Like Wall campaigns. It is important that the lessons from the last 25 years are not forgotten and the various tasks are efficiently controlled. It could be said that ‘I know where the bodies are buried’! Furthermore interactions with other groups are very important: Our work has to be correlated with the other JET Task Forces and with the European Plasma Wall Interaction Task Force.

However, the other areas are also important. JET is the only machine with tritium- and beryllium-handling facilities and they can play a vital role in support of ITER needs. These facilities are also essential for the running of JET, so, a balance has to be struck on priorities. Our Task Force has always supported programmes on waste management and detritiation – this is clearly relevant to both ITER and JET.”

Cristian Lungu

Cristian Lungu from the National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics in Magurele- Bucharest has been awarded the Romanian Academy “Dragomir Hurmuzescu” prize for physics. The committee gave this prize “for his contribution to ‘Studies of the properties of beryllium coatings for fusion reactor applications’”.

“When I heard the news I was surprised. It was a very hard competition with many candidates for the Romanian Academy Awards. I shared my award with a colleague from another physics research institute in Romania.
The prize was awarded in 2009 for a set of six papers published during 2007 authored by members of my research group as well as a number of scientists from various European countries working within the EURATOM fusion programme such as Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, United Kingdom. The papers deal with the problem of beryllium deposition techniques based on the thermionic vacuum arc for the first wall of the JET fusion reactor. The beryllium films, manufactured in co-operation with the Romanian Nuclear Fuel Plant in Pitesti, will cover the Inconel tiles and the so-called “marker tiles” designed to measure the erosion rate of the first wall of the JET fusion reactor.”