Thermonuclear fusion is one of the few large-scale energy production alternatives for the 21st century. To realise a fusion reactor, the understanding and control of the edge conditions of the plasma is one of the key issues. There are important issues to be resolved before a decision to construct a fusion reactor, e.g. divertor concept, control of edge transport barrier and turbulence, and heat load distributions on plasma facing components. The present conference, following an increasing number of conferences in this field during the last years, challenges this need.
The 8th International Workshop on Plasma Edge Theory in Fusion Devices is organised by Helsinki University of Technology and VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland). The conference addresses plasma theory of the edge region in magnetic confinement fusion devices. It will reflect the present status of the theory for the boundary layer of fusion plasmas. The emphasis will be on the development of theory and of appropriate numerical methods, with a secondary interest in self-consistent modelling of experimental data (including also empirical elements). Highlights are expected in the fields of divertor concept and SOL modelling, control of edge transport barrier and turbulence, and heat load distributions on plasma facing components.
The following main topics are intended to be covered by invited and contributed lectures: Basic edge plasma theory, Models of special phenomena and edge control, and Integrated edge plasma modelling The workshop will consist of invited lectures, oral presentations and poster contributions. The invited and accepted contributed papers will be included in the proceedings of the workshop and published in the journal "Contributions to Plasma Physics".