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The LPP magnetic fusion team partner of a newly created "Helmholtz Virtual Institute"

The Virtual Helmholtz Institute entitled "Plasma Dynamical Processes and Turbulence Studies using Advanced Microwave Diagnostics", created at the end of 2012 is led by Max-Planck Institute für Plasmaphysik (IPP, Garching, Germany) in partnership with 3 German centres, Jülich Forschungszentrum, Institut für Plasmaforschung (Stuttgart University), Institute for High-Frequency Engineering (TU Munich), and two foreign teams : LPP ( Ecole Polytechnique) and l’Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland).

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Kick-off meeting of the Virtual Helmholtz Institute in Garching, October 2012

The project, which will be funded 4 to 5 years, aims at studying fundamental aspects of turbulence, their implications for magnetic fusion plasmas as well as the development of new kinds of microwave diagnostics for such investigations, which will also feature inherent advantages in the application in future fusion devices including ITER.

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LPP Doppler reflectometers, usually installed on Tore Supra, implemented on TCV (EPFL)(bottom right) and on ASDEX (IPP Garching) (left and top right).

The project has started for the LPP with the implementation in 2012 of one of the team’s reflectometer on the TCV tokamak at EPFL, to study in particular the interaction of the turbulence with zonal flows. The first joint measurements on the German ASDEX Upgrade tokamak have just been obtained in January, 2013, by coupling LPP and IPP instruments. Besides the cross-validation of the techniques used by the teams, these joined installations allow simultaneous multiple measurements to study propagation phenomena, formation of structures and non local transport.
The Helmholtz association is the biggest research organization in Germany (33 000 persons, 18 research centers) : the initiative "Virtual Institute" aims at supporting national research by facilitating networking with German Universities and with international partners around innovative projects, in a way which is similar to the French ANR projects.


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Tutelles : CNRS Ecole Polytechnique Sorbonne Université Université Paris Sud Observatoire de Paris Convention : CEA
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