Research stay at ITER thanks to BSC Severo Ochoa Mobility

Credit: ITER Organization on Instagram

Between September 16th and October 11th, our group member Ignacio López de Arbina worked at the ITER Organization headquarters under the Severo Ochoa Mobility Program of Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC).

Ignacio works to integrate the PION code in the IMAS infrastructure within the Work Package Code Development (WPCD) of the EUROfusion Consortium. PION is an Ion Cyclotron Range of Frequencies (ICRF) heating code which is widely used in our group and the European fusion community to model the power deposition of the launched electromagnetic waves in the plasma. IMAS stands for the ITER Integrated Modeling & Analysis Suit. This is a software infrastructure that the fusion community is developing at ITER to allow and ease the integrated modelling, that is the simultaneous and self-consistent calculations between the different codes that model a fusion experiment.

The Severo Ochoa Mobility Program at BSC allows researchers to travel and work in situ with the collaborators of the project. This eases the communication between researchers and helps to boost the project in many ways.

During his stay at ITER, Ignacio worked with Dr. Mireille Schneider and Dr. Simon Pinches who are experts in plasmas and integrated modelling. During this period Ignacio took profit of working with these scientists to learn and improve his work with the integration of PION in IMAS, fixing and upgrading several features. Furthermore, the first applications of PION in the new python Heating & Current Drive (H&CD) workflow were carried out and served to Ignacio as training to start being an active user of this workflow.

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