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Laboratory of Improved Tokamak Plasma Retention Physics

About the laboratry

This laboratory was established as part of a scientific research project supported with a monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning (Resolution of the RF Government No.220 of April 9, 2010).

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Grant Agreement No.: 11.G34.31.0041

Name of the institution of higher learning:
Federal state budget educational institution of higher professional learning "St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University"

Fields of scientific research:

Project goal:
To study the physics of improved retention of plasma by tokomaks.

Key project objectives:
To organize a scientific laboratory at the university to conduct experimental and theoretical research of improved plasma retention modes; to equip the laboratory with requisite research equipment; to actively engage undergraduate and graduate students in research activities.

Anticipated scientific outcomes:
1. To research the most promising and advanced tokomak operation modes that are considered to be the primary operation modes for the future thermonuclear tokomak reactor.
2. To perform a detailed investigation of high retention operation modes (H-modes), improved operation modes (I-modes), improved modes that are characteristic of spherical tokomaks, modes with internal transport barriers, and other improved modes.
3. To research the role of electric field in suppressing turbulence and in forming transport barriers, as well as nonlinear interaction of turbulence with different wave lengths and frequencies.
4. To research edge localized modes (ELM) in high retention operation mode (H-mode), as well as possibilities of achieving operation modes that are free from edge localized modes.
5. To research opportunities that may help decrease thermal workload on the surface of materials.

Leading scientist

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Leading scientist's full name: Friedrich Wagner

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Academic degrees and titles:
Doctor Rerum Naturalium Habilitatus, Doctor Honoris Causa (Belgian Royal-Military Academy), Professor Emeritus

Job title:
Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Director Emeritus

Areas of scientific interest:
Physics of high temperature plasma

Scientific recognition:
-APS plasma physics award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research (1987)
-Honorary Member of the Ioffe Institute, St. Petersburg (1997)
-Hannes-Alfven Prize of the European Physical Society (2007)
-Stern-Gerlach Medal of the German Physical Society (2009)
-Honorary Doctorate of the Belgian Royal-Military Academy (2009)
-Fellow of the European Physical Society (2011)

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