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Prof. François Waelbroeck from the University of Texas will give a seminar entitled 'Penetration of Resonant Magnetic Perturbations in Rotating Plasma'. The seminar will take place on November 13th, at 15h00 in the Physics auditorium, Building D.
François Waelbroeck graduated at ULB in 1982 and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Texas in 1988. He is currently Associate Director of the Institute for Fusion Studies. Professor Waelbroeck is presently at the KULeuven for a sabbatical. It is a pleasure to welcome him back on this occasion to LPP-ERM/KMS where he performed his military service in 1982-83.
Please find hereby the abstract of his presentation.
Abstract: Mode penetration occurs when a magnetic perturbation changes the plasma rotation so as to eliminate the screening effect. This enables the induced island to grow to a size comparable to its vacuum size. In the core, mode penetration gives rise to disruptive locked modes and must be avoided. In the edge, by contrast, resonant magnetic perturbations (RMP) have been shown to mitigate the edge localized modes (ELM), which present a serious threat to the ITER divertor. It is unclear, however, if mode penetration (and thus magnetic stochasticity) is in fact achieved in ELM mitigation experiments or if the favorable effect of the applied perturbations is due to the influence of the screened modes on edge turbulent transport. This is a critical question for ITER, since design constraints make it very difficult to place coils sufficiently close to the plasma so as to produce mode penetration at the edge while avoiding locked modes in the core. We have used a two-fluid model to investigate the effects of pedestal drifts and turbulence on mode penetration. We find that penetration occurs when the electric (ExB) drift compensates the electron diamagnetic drift, so that the electron fluid is at rest with respect to the perturbation. If the electrons are flowing, however, there is a marked asymmetry in the plasma response according to the direction of their flow. When their total velocity is opposite to that of the ion fluid, the magnetic perturbation excites drift-acoustic waves that cause anomalous transport. These waves propagate beyond the screened islands, so that the drift- acoustic wakes for nearby islands will overlap before the islands do. This suggests that the beneficial effects of RMP could accrue for much lower amplitudes than those required for mode penetration.
May 3rd, 2012
Dr. D. Strivay from will give a talk entitled 'Particle accelerator applications in research and industry at the University of Liège'
March 9th, 2012
Dr. T. Wauters will give a talk entitled 'Study and Optimization of Magnetized ICRF Discharges for Tokamak Wall Conditioning' on March 9.
February 13th, 2012
Djamel Grine will have the public defense of his PhD thesis at the University of Ghent on February 13, 2012.