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November 13th 2018
Zon en wind leveren een steeds groter deel van onze elektriciteit, maar de elektriciteitsvraag beslaat maar 20% van ons totale energieverbruik. Met zonnebrandstoffen kunnen we duurzame stroom omzetten in schone, CO2-neutrale brandstoffen. Lees er alles over in deze Zonnebrandstoffen-special van het NTvN - Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Natuurkunde.
November 12th 2018
Marco de Baar to chair ITPA specialist group on ITER diagnostics
The International Tokamak Physics Activity (ITPA) has appointed DIFFER group leader Prof. Marco de Baar as chair of its Realtime Specialists Working Group (RT-SWG). The ITPA is an international framework organised by the global ITER fusion project to coordinate fusion research. ITPA activities prepare the broad physics basis needed for ITER design and operation and members of the ITPA groups are chosen by each ITER party as representative top experts of their sub-fields. In the coming three years, Marco de Baar will focus on formulating sensor models that will be used in the numerical simulation of control loops of the ITER plasma.
November 7th 2018
Transmission electron microscopy at DIFFER
Since the summer of 2018, DIFFER houses a transmission electron microscope (TEM) that is dedicated for structural analysis of inorganic materials. The microscope is accessible for researchers who want to image newly developed nanomaterials or thin films aimed at energy applications.
November 5th 2018
Matthijs van Berkel took a new approach to clearing up a fusion conundrum
Sometimes it takes a fresh look to tackle complex problems. That is exactly what happened when DIFFER researcher Matthijs van Berkel used a systems engineering approach to study the heat transport in a fusion plasma. He shook up the fusion physics field with his surprising conclusion that the physics occurring during the heating process can be explained with a much simpler model than assumed before.
October 17th 2018
MANTIS diagnostic analyses fusion plasma in real time
The new plasma diagnostic MANTIS developed by DIFFER is giving a detailed look at the plasma conditions in the Swiss fusion experiment TCV. With 10 different channels and a frame rate of 200-2000 images per second, MANTIS can analyse density, temperature and the presence of impurities in the intense exhaust plasma of TCV. With its real-time data analysis capability, MANTIS is designed to hook into the reactor control system and steer the plasma to optimal conditions.

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