Research stay at ITER

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.

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Collaborating with CIEMAT and Aalto University on modelling of fast ions in TJ-II stellarator

Sadig Mulas (left) and Joona Kontula (right) at MareNostrum4.

From 22 July to 2 August, we enjoyed the visits of two PhD students, Sadig Mulas and Joona Kontula from CIEMAT and Aalto University, respectively, to our group. Sadig and Joona came to work with us within the collaboration between the three institutions (CIEMAT – Aalto University – BSC) on numerical modelling of fast ions in the TJ-II stellarator. The TJ-II stellarator is an experimental fusion device is located at the CIEMAT headquarters in Madrid, Spain, which uses fast ions injected by neutral beam injection to heat the plasma.

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Thrilled by PlasmaSurf Summer School

Following the yearly tradition established over the past seven years, the Portuguese Institute of Plasmas and Nuclear Fusion (IPFN), located in Lisbon, Portugal, organized the PlasmaSurf 2019 summer school in plasma physics, intense lasers and nuclear fusion from the 14th to the 21st of July. This year two members of our group, Jordi Manyer and Ignacio López de Arbina, were among the lucky applicants accepted to attend the school. Jordi’s participation was further sponsored by FuseNet, which we gratefully acknowledge.

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Our new research results presented at EPS2019

Dr. Mervi Mantsinen’s presentation at EPS2019.

This year, the 46th European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics (EPS2019) was held in Milan (Italy), from July 8 to 12, 2019. This annual conference is organized by the European Physical Society (EPS) Plasma Physics Division, and it covers the wide field of plasma physics from Magnetic Confinement Fusion Plasma, Beam Plasmas & Intertial Fusion, Low Temperature and Dusty Plasmas to Basic, Space & Astrophysical Plasmas. Researchers from all around the world met at this conference to show and explain their work to the growing community of plasma physicists.

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Hosting a visitor from Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

Last week our group welcomed David Taylor for a two week visit to BSC. David comes the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE), the UK’s national laboratory for fusion research based at the Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire. It is owned and operated by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA).

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Code Camping at ITER

From the 1st to the 5th of April, our group has participated in the Code Camp of the EUROfusion Code Development for Integrated Modelling” (WPCD) Work Package at ITER Headquarters in St. Paul-lez-Durance (France).

WPCD develops generic and flexible sophisticated workflows for fusion physics applications, aiming at providing a validated modular suite for the simulation of complete plasma discharges of any existing and future tokamaks, including JET, JT-60SA, ITER and DEMO.

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