Plasma Material Interactions news

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.
May 28th 2019
Head of the PMI group Thomas Morgan has been appointed as a permanent member of the program committee of the International Conference on Plasma-Facing Materials and Components for Fusion Applications (PFMC).
May 23rd 2019
Vidi grant Thomas Morgan for liquid fusion reactor walls
DIFFER group leader Thomas Morgan has won a prestigious Vidi grant to investigate the concept of liquid metal layers to protect the walls of future fusion power plants. Liquid metals are exciting as a wall design because they can repair and even shield themselves from the harsh conditions in such an artificial star. Developing robust reactor walls is one of the main challenges in the international quest for clean, safe and abundant fusion energy.