Plasma-facing antennas; electromagnetic virtual prototyping

Plasma-facing antennas are primarily found in experiments toward controlled thermonuclear fusion; they are important also in space applications. Accurate simulation of the behavior of plasma-facing components is vital for challenging applications, since plasma conditions cannot be simulated outside the planned experiments or missions.

A comprehensive simulation tool has been developed (TOPICA); it is the only one at present to be able to handle realistic plasma condition and the actual geometry of antennas, and validated against experimental data. Plasma-facing antenna design is in progress for a number of experiments.

Cooperation with: CEA (Cadarache, F), MIT (Cambridge, MA, USA), Max Planck IPP (Garching, D), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN, USA), Ecole Royale Militaire (Brussels, BE), Enea Fusione (Frascati), United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (Culham, UK).