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May 6th 2020
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May 1st 2020
Gerard van Rooij appointed professor of Plasma Chemistry at Maastricht University
On May 1, 2020, DIFFER group leader Gerard van Rooij has been appointed Professor of Plasma Chemistry at the Faculty of Science at Maastricht University (UM). The appointment of Van Rooij is the first appointment from Maastricht University within Brightsite. Brightsite is a collaboration between Sitech Services, TNO, Brightlands Chemelot Campus and Maastricht University with the aim of making the chemical industry more sustainable at the Chemelot site in Limburg.
April 28th 2020
Wall material for fusion reactor survives hellish conditions
An important part of the future fusion reactor ITER can withstand at least a year of full power operations, write researchers at DIFFER and ITER in Physica Scripta. The team exposed pieces of ITER's tungsten reactor wall to almost 20 hours of intense plasma bombardment in Magnum-PSI, the world's only laboratory facility capable of reaching plasma conditions expected at the ITER wall.
April 28th 2020
Wandmateriaal fusiereactor overleeft helse condities
Een belangrijk onderdeel van de toekomstige fusiereactor ITER is bestand tegen minstens een jaar in vol bedrijf. Dat stelden onderzoekers van DIFFER en ITER vast door stukken van de reactorwand bijna twintig uur bloot te stellen aan een intens plasmabombardement in Magnum-PSI, de enige faciliteit ter wereld die daartoe in staat is. Het team publiceerde hun resultaten in het vakblad Physica Scripta.
April 16th 2020
Neural network accelerates plasma simulations
By combining a deep understanding of plasma physics with machine learning techniques, DIFFER researchers developed a new ultrafast neural network model of the turbulent plasma in a fusion reactor. The neural network can accurately predict heat and particle transport in the fusion reactor up to 100.000 times faster than before: a vital tool to optimize the performance of future fusion power plants.

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