The LLNL FESP Fusion Theory and Computations Group has research programs in tokamak core and edge physics (turbulence, transport, equilibrium, stability), tokamak divertor physics, plasma-wall interactions, integrated modeling of experiments, magnetohydrodynamics, laser-plasma interactions, and computational plasma physics. With respect to core tokamak physics, the LLNL FESP remains as a leader in the arena of turbulence code validation and verification. Both the boundary and core physics research efforts have served as the basis for recent success in SciDAC competitions aimed at advancing our understanding of turbulence and in developing approaches for coupling simulations and models so as to make progress in the more ambitious goals of predicting burning plasma performance.
The MFE Theory and Computations Group also conducts theory and simulation of laser-plasma interactions in support of the ignition campaign in NIF, fast ignition, high energy density laboratory plasmas (HEDLP).
- Plasma physicists in the Fusion Theory and Computations Group undertake analytical theory, modeling, and simulations
- Supporting the DIII-D collaboration, ITER R & D, and other MFE experiments
- Edge physics and core/edge turbulence theory, and fluid and kinetic simulations supporting experiments and preparing for the Fusion Simulation Project (FSP)
- Integrated modeling (CORSICA, FACETS and PTRANSP) supporting current MFE experiments and ITER, and preparing for the FSP
- Multi-scale computational algorithms for kinetic plasmas
- Theory and simulation of laser-plasma interactions: ignition campaign in NIF, fast ignition, high energy density laboratory plasmas
- B. Cohen (Group Leader) [bio]
- T. Rognlien (Deputy) [bio]
- R. Cohen [bio]
- A. Dimits [bio]
- L. Divol
- M. Dorf (postdoc)
- I. Joseph [bio]
- A. Kemp
- L. LoDestro [bio]
- P. Michel
- D. Ryutov [bio]
- M. Umansky [bio]
- X. Xu [bio]
- Retirees: W. Nevins [bio] T. Kaiser, D. Pearlstein [bio], R. Bulmer
Corsica: Integrated Simulations for Magnetic Fusion Energy
For years, magnetic fusion energy (MFE) scientists have dreamed of an integrated, easy-to-use, and comprehensive family of computer codes that would simultaneously simulate all of the important physics processes that take place in a magnetic fusion reactor. Such a package would be valuable for enhancing the understanding of the extremely complex phenomena observed in experiments. It would also provide a tool to optimally design future MFE experiments.