Christian Theiler awarded EUROfusion grant
Professor Christian Theiler at the Swiss Plasma Center (EPFL) has been awarded an “Enabling Research Grant” from the EUROfusion Consortium to lead a collaborative research project in the physics of tokamaks.
The Enabling Research Grant is described as “a key ingredient of the EUROfusion Consortium activities as it provides a special path to bring new ideas and techniques into the programme in ways not easily achieved within the strongly goal-oriented main Work Packages.” The €600,000grant was awarded after a call and selection by EUROfusion for project proposals in magnetic confinement fusion.
Christian Theiler, an Assistant Professor with the Swiss Plasma Center at EPFL, will lead a collaborative research project with an international team of 21 researchers from the EPFL, the French Atomic and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA), the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE), the Technical University of Denmark, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), and the Max Plank Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Garching.
The project is titled “Towards a first-principles understanding of fluctuations and flows in the X-point region of tokamaks”, and will run for two years. “We aim to validate five leading plasma turbulence codes against well-diagnosed experiments in the challenging but highly relevant ‘X-point geometry’ of tokamak fusion devices,” explains Theiler. “It will result in an important step forward in the understanding of X-point physics, in the predictive capabilities of tokamak boundary modelling, and in establishing these codes as standard tools in the main EUROfusion work packages.”