EUROfusion’s Fusion Science programme is designed to coordinate experiments to gather as much physics knowledge as possible to ensure the efficient experimentation in ITER once it begins operations. Below are the main research topics tackled under the Fusion Science programme.
Research on JET is carried out under the following themes: JET Experimental Campaigns, Investigation of Plasma-Facing Components for ITER, Technological Exploitation of Deuterium-Tritium Operation for the ITER preparation, and JET Enhancements.
The divertor is an area of a fusion reactor, where impurities from the reaction are removed. EUROfusion assesses if a dedicated divertor tokamak test facility is necessary or if tests on specifically upgraded existing facilities will give sufficient clues to ITER and DEMO divertor requirements.
The vision for the EUROfusion Theory and Advanced Simulation Coordination (E-TASC) is to integrate the world-class fusion science and engineering with emerging advanced computing capability. To this end, the Fusion Science group will work on developing a coherent programme of theory, simulation, verification, and validation – covering plasma physics, materials science, and innovative approaches to engineering design. A key goal in this context will be to produce a high-quality suite of "EUROfusion-standard" software to interpret data from ITER and associated facilities, and reliably extrapolate to inform DEMO design.