Plasma Material Interactions news

November 27th 2017
analytical force balance on a dust particle in plasma
The journal Physics of Plasmas has chosen the paper An analytical force balance model for dust particles with size up to several Debye lengths (Damien Aussems et al.) as editor's pick in its November 2017 issue. In the paper, Damien and colleagues detail the various forces that work on a dust grain in a plasma environment during its growth process, which enables them to explain phases in a dust particle's development.
October 10th 2017
Thomas Morgan to lead work package on Liquid Metal Divertors
The EUROfusion research consortium has appointed DIFFER group leader Dr. Thomas Morgan as the leader of its new work package on self-repairing liquid metal walls for the exhaust of future fusion reactors. In the first two years of this European research package, Morgan wants to build on the field's current foundation in physics with a more engineering-oriented approach.
August 4th 2017
vapour shielding for fusion reactor walls
A thin vapour cloud in front of a liquid metal may be the solution to protecting the reactor walls of future fusion power plants to the extreme heat fluxes encountered. In Nature Communications, PhD candidate Stein van Eden and colleagues at DIFFER and Ghent University presents measurements of a vapour cloud catching and redistributing the energy from the incoming plasma in the reactor. The work indicates that liquid metal walls are a promising concept for future fusion reactors like DEMO.
May 22nd 2017
PFMC-17 will be organized at DIFFER
From 20 to 24 May 2019, DIFFER will host PFMC-17, the 17th International Conference on Plasma-Facing Materials and Components for Fusion Applications. PFMC brings together around 250 international students and experts on materials capable of handling the extreme conditions in future fusion devices and power plants.

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