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Plasma Physics (Physics/ECE/NE 922) Seminar
High performance fusion plasmas and explosive instability
Date: Monday, September 17th
Time: 12:00 pm
Place: 2241 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Steven Cowley, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Abstract: The highest fusion performance plasmas have been attained by suppressing the turbulence that
plagues fusion experiments. Unfortunately such plasmas frequently become unstable to explosive
instabilities that can release large amounts of destructive energy in a very short time. For this reason
these regimes are not considered candidates for ITER operation. I will discuss how explosive
flux tube instabilities occur, how they cause catastrophic heat loss and how they disconnect from
the confined plasma.
Host: Ellen Zweibel
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