IIS 2017

9th ITER International School

Physics of disruptions and control

20th-24th March 2017

News and Updates



Aims and scientific context

The international ITER school aims to prepare young scientists for working in the field of nuclear fusion and its application in research subject associated to the ITER project.

The first ITER school was organized during July 2007 in Aix-en-Provence, France, and was focused on turbulent transport in fusion plasmas. Five different editions have followed, focused on different subjects: in 2008 in Fukuoka, Japan, on the magnetic confinement, in 2009 in Aix-en-Provence, on the plasma-surface interaction, in 2010 in Austin, Texas, on Magneto-Hydro-Dynamics, in 2011 in Aix-en-Provence, on energetic particles and finally in 2012 in Ahmedabad, India, on radio-frequency heating, in 2014 in Aix-en-Provence, on High Performance Computing in Fusion Science and in Hefei, China, on Transport and Pedestral Physics in Tokamaks.

All these editions were fairly successful and their related proceedings were published by the American Institute of Physics and in Fusion Science and Technology.

The ITER school answers the need for formation in fusion research field and it has naturally become a worldwide reference in the context of ITER project. The steering commitee decided that the ITER school is organized alternatively in France and in one of the other ITER partners. The choice of the ''school format'' was suggested by the necessity of preparing future scientists on really different subjects and showing them a wide overview on the interdisciplinary skills required by the ITER project. Indeed the ITER project represents a challenge not only in the field of high-temperature plasmas, but also for the Chemistry and Physics of surfaces, for non-linear Dynamics, turbulence studied in fluids and applied Mathematics.

The school will focus on the physics of disruptions and their active control methods. Disruptions are violent events that terminate a magnetically confined plasma, usually the consequence of a rapidly growing MHD instability. During a disruption, the temperature drops sharply and heat and particles are released from confinement on a short timescale and dumped on the vessel wall, causing damage to the stored energy. This loss of confinement is associated with the production of runaway electrons, which may enhance the damage. ‚Äč

The 2017 ITER school will be a good opportunity for reviewing the recent progresses in this field and for promoting the interaction between the various communities involved (different branches of Plasma Physics, Computational Physics, Applied Mathematics).

Suitable audience

Expected results

Development of an educational program associated to the ITER project and of a interdisciplinary community. Creation of a net for an easier knowledge and method transfer between different fields and communities in fusion research. Creation of opportunities for expanding or changing the research subjects of all participants, in particular for young Post-Docs. Identification of educational needs in preparing the next generation of scientists in fusion science.

Lecture organisation, student participation

The ITER school is organized in 26 hrs of lectures (roughly 6 hrs/day), one poster section where students can present their works and few work-groups on specific topics that aims to create collaborations between different lecturers and students.

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