Fusion likes breaking records!

Images of the different experimental fusion devices, from left to right: KSTAR, NIF, EAST.

On a previous post, we commented about the recent record achieved by the Joint European Torus (JET), in a unique set of D-T experiments. In this post, we would like to add several other records set by other fusion devices. In particular, we will be talking about the Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR), the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) and the National Ignition Facility (NIF). By all means, we can say that the period from 2020 up to the near future, will be remembered as a period of success and milestone fulfillment in the fusion field.

A distinction should be made between KSTAR, EAST and NIF as the physical mechanism to reach nuclear fusion is different. While KSTAR and EAST are two superconducting tokamaks, i.e. they rely on superconducting magnets which constraint the plasma shape and dynamics, NIF is a fusion device consisting of several lasers which heat and compress a small amount of a hydrogen (or an isotope as deuterium) pellet. Both mechanisms are known in the fusion field as, magnetic confinement fusion and intertial confinement fusion, respectively. Let’s now have a look at their respective records.

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PRACE Advanced Training Centres’ (PATC) courses and events

The PRACE (the Partnership for Advanced Computing) is a cooperation between supercomputing centres in Europe, with the membership of

The PRACE organises educational and training events targeting both the scientific and industrial communities, with the cooperation of further institutes. Our research centre is one of the PRACE Advanced Training Centres (PATC), which offers and coordinates training and educational activities.

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JET brings the power of the Sun closer to Earth

News on the JET record (credit: EUROfusion).

We have been talking in our earlier blog posts (here and here) about the relevance of the deuterium-tritium (D-T) fuel mixture in a magnetic confinement fusion device, such as a tokamak. The intrinsic property that makes this mixture so interesting is the higher fusion cross section as compared to other ion combinations at a relatively “low” energy (around 100 keV which is already 10 times the temperature of the centre of the Sun). In other words, D-T maximizes the number of fusion reactions, which is after all, what we are looking for.

The Joint European Torus (JET) has recently finished its second D-T campaign (DTE2 as we refer to it in more technical contexts), and the results could not have been better. This culminates a huge effort from the nuclear fusion community which makes the way towards the success of ITER smoother.

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Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022

Celebrating women in fusion: (top, from left to right) Meera Venkatesh, Gabriele Voigt, Najat Mokhtar, Elena Buglova, (bottom, from left to right) Sibylle Günter, Min Liao, Tammy Ma, Katherine Weimer

Declared in 2015 by the General Assembly of the United Nations, International Day of Women and Girls in Science (IDWGS), celebrated every year on the 11th of February, highlights the contributions of women and girl scientists and promotes gender equality across all scientific fields.

In honor of IDWGS we have selected four outstanding women fusioneers from across the world, each of whom work to push the boundaries of fusion research and bring us closer to viable fusion energy.

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Webinar on Good practices in parallel programming and HPC

Friday, 10th December, our Fusion group together with other researchers and research collectives within the EUROfusion consortium had an exciting opportunity to attend the online seminar “Good practices in parallel programming and high-performance computing” given by Dr. Marta Garcia Gasulla, the leader of the group Best Practices for Performance and Programmability at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC).

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Fusion Business Opportunities at Big Science Business Forum (BSBF) 2022

On 4-7 October 2022, the top European Big Science research facilities will meet together with industry in Granada (Spain) in the Big Science Business Forum (BSBF) 2022 to present their business opportunities for the period 2022-2026 worth 37.100 million euros. At this event industry will have a unique opportunity to learn about the Big Science investments in the coming years in different technology areas and to network with key representatives from the Big Science organizations and other stakeholders.

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