Hermite functions and hypercollisions in the simulation of nuclear fusion plasmas

12 June 2012
Joseph Parker

 Nuclear fusion offers the prospect of abundant clean energy production, but the physical and engineering challenges are very great. In nuclear fusion reactors, the fuel is in the form of a plasma (charged gas) which is confined at high temperature and density using a toroidal magnetic field. This configuration is susceptible to turbulence, which transports heat out of the plasma and prevents fusion. It is believed that rotating the plasma suppresses turbulence, but experiments are expensive and even modest numerical simulation requires hundreds of thousands of CPU hours. We present a numerical technique for one of the five phase-space dimensions that both improves the accuracy of the calculation and greatly reduces the resolution required.

  • Junior Applied Mathematics Seminar