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Fast ion transport and losses by Compressional Alfvén Waves in Fusion Plasmas

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    Dr Verwichte
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    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

A PhD opportunity in the numerical modelling of fast ion transport in fusion plasmas. The understanding of the fundamental physical processes acting in magnetised plasmas responsible for stability and the transport of particles, momentum and energy is essential for the successful development of viable fusion energy via the route of magnetically confined fusion envisaged in the international ITER and DEMO tokamak programs. Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) waves play an important role in the redistribution of fast fusion-born ions (alpha-particles) whose energy is required to heat and sustain fusion. They are driven unstable by fast ions leading to anomalously high diffusion away from the plasma core and could lead to losses that damage the tokamak walls. We shall model numerically the interaction of fast ions with Compressional Alfven Eigenmodes using the in-house MHD stability code WHALES, using realistic two-dimensional tokamak equilibria and fast ion distributions.

Funding Notes

A full 3.5 year studentship for EU and UK students (fees and maintenance) is available. Candidates should hold or expect to hold a 1st (or high 2.1) in Physics or related subject area.

Applications are accepted at any time, but it is likely that interviews will be from later January onwards.

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