MSc project: Neural Network regression of the warm plasma dispersion relation

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DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research) is one of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) institutes and focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to energy research, combining physics, chemistry, engineering and materials science. The institute is based on two main strands, solar fuels for the conversion and storage of renewable energy and fusion-energy as clean and unlimited source of energy. DIFFER is developing and supporting a national network on fundamental energy research and is closely collaborating with academic institutions, research institutes and industry. As of 2015 the institute is located in a new building at the campus of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

Neural Network regression of the warm plasma dispersion relation

In a previous Master Thesis project a neural network regression was performed of the warm plasma Ordinary mode dispersion relation. In order to extend this work to the eXtraordinary mode, first a thorough analysis of the different mode branches of the X-mode is required. In particular, around the second harmonic resonance the warm plasma dispersion is characterized by a complex interplay between the fast X-mode and the Bernstein mode, which needs to be documented before a neural network regression can be attempted.

The neural network regression can help to speed up existing ray and beam tracing codes. However, a further step in the quality of the regression is to be made before the actual implementation in a ray or beam tracing code.


Intended level: MSc

Expertise needed: plasma physics or computer science

Further information: 

Contact for further information or application: Egbert Westerhof, e [368] westerhof [28] differ [368] nl

Application procedure: 


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