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February 9, 2012: An overview of fusion energy research: taming turbulence and transport in magnetized plasmas

Posted on May 10, 2013 in Seminars

Troy Carter (UCLA)

I will give an overview of the challenges associated with harnessing nuclear fusion as a terrestrial power source and the progress that has been made in research in this area. In particular, I will discuss turbulence in magnetically-confined plasmas and how transport associated with this turbulence limits the confinement achievable in current and planned experiments. I will present recent UCLA research that has helped advance our understanding of the basic physics of turbulence and turbulent transport in magnetized plasmas.