Study investigates fast-ion dynamics in fusion reactors
Tokamaks are a type of magnetic confinement device used in reactors to produce controlled thermonuclear fusion power. A key challenge is how to keep the plasma hot enough so that fusion can take place, while preventing the tokamak walls from melting from the heat. To avoid potential damage, tokamaks must operate without harmful edge instabilities. The behaviour of energetic ions is fundamentally important to the study of fusion processes in reactors. Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the FICOP project will study the fundamental physical mechanisms that underpin the interaction between edge instabilities and fast-ion confinement. Furthermore, researchers will investigate which conditions favour ion runaway in tokamaks.
Fields of science
- HORIZON.1.2 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Main Programme