Physics of burning plasmas in toroidal magnetic confinement devices

F. Zonca, S. Briguglio, L. Chen, G. Fogaccia, T.S. Hahm, A.V. Milovanov, G. Vlad

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Some of the crucial physics aspects of burning plasmas magnetically confined in toroidal systems are presented from the viewpoint of nonlinear dynamics. Most of the discussions specifically refer to tokamaks, but they can be readily extended to other toroidal confinement devices. Particular emphasis is devoted to fluctuation induced transport processes of mega electron volts energetic ions and charged fusion products as well as to energy and particle transports of the thermal plasma. Long time scale behaviours due to the interplay of fast ion induced collective effects and plasma turbulence are addressed in the framework of burning plasmas as complex self-organized systems. The crucial roles of mutual positive feedbacks between theory, numerical simulation and experiment are shown to be the necessary premise for reliable extrapolations from present day laboratory to burning plasmas. Examples of the broader applications of fundamental problems to other fields of plasma physics and beyond are also given. © 2006 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
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JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number12 B
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Zonca, F., Briguglio, S., Chen, L., Fogaccia, G., Hahm, T. S., Milovanov, A. V., & Vlad, G. (2006). Physics of burning plasmas in toroidal magnetic confinement devices. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 48(12 B), -.