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The role of turbulence and electric fields in the formation of transport barriers and the establishment of improved confinement in tokamak plasmas through inter-machine comparisons

Objective

Title: The role of turbulence and electric fields in the formation of transport barriers and the establishment of improved confinement in tokamak plasmas through intermachine comparisons. Over the past decade new regimes of tokamak operation have been identified, whereby electrostatic and magnetic turbulence responsible for anomalous transport, can be externally suppressed, leading to improved confinement. Although turbulence measurements have been performed on many confinement devices, the insight gained from these experiments is relatively limited. To make further progress in the understanding of plasma turbulence in relation to improved confinement and transport barriers, an extensive experimental and theoretical research programme such as proposed here should be undertaken.

The aims of the project are to investigate the correlations between on the one hand the occurrence of transport barriers and improved confinement in the tokamaks TEXTOR & T-10 and Tore supra as well as on the smaller-scale tokamaks FT-2, TUMAN-3M and CASTOR, and on the other hand electric fields, modified magnetic shear and electrostatic and magnetic turbulence using advanced diagnostics with high spatial and temporal resolution. This will be done in a strongly coordinated way and exploiting the complementarity of TEXTOR and T-10 and the backup potential of the other tokamaks, which together have all the relevant experimental tools and theoretical expertise. Advanced theoretical models and numerical simulations will be used to check the experimental results.

The proposed INTAS consortium has the required scientific expertise and has leading positions in all the relevant fields. Most of the partners collaborate already very successfully in an INTAS project. Furthermore, the consortium has the technical capabilities to undertake these challenging and potentially very rewarding tasks. The extensive experience of the coordinator and the team leaders in the coordination of international scientific collaborations is a guarantee for a successful project management.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT GHENT

Address

Rozier, 44
Ghent

Belgium

Administrative Contact

Guido VAN OOST

Participants (12)

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ANDRONIKASHVILI INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS

Georgia

COMMISSARIAT À L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE (CEA)

France

ECOLE ROYALE MILITAIRE

Belgium

HELSINKI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Finland

INSTITUTE OF PLASMA PHYSICS (ASCR)

Czechia

INSTITUTE OF PLASMAPHYSICS (FOM)

Netherlands

IOFFE PHYSICAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE

Russia

LVIV POLYTECHNIC NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Ukraine

NATIONAL SCIENCE CENTER "KHARKIV INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS & TECHNOLOGY"

Ukraine

ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (KTH)

Sweden

RUSSIAN RESEARCH CENTRE "KURCHATOV INSTITUTE"

Russia

ST.PETERSBURG STATE POLYTECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Russia

Project information

Grant agreement ID: INTAS 2005-1000008-8046

  • Start date

    1 October 2006

  • End date

    31 March 2009

Funded under:

IC-INTAS

  • Overall budget:

    € 150 000

  • EU contribution

    € 150 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT GHENT

Belgium