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Utilization of the Network of Small Magnetic Confinement Fusion Devices for Mainstream Fusion Research


Small magnetic confinement fusion devices such as tokamaks, stellarators and others have played and continue to play an important role in fusion research. Thanks to their compactness, flexibility, low operation costs and the high skill of their personnel they contribute to a better understanding of phenomena in a wide range of fields such as plasma confinement and energy transport, plasma stability in different magnetic configurations, plasma turbulence and its impact on local and global plasma parameters, processes at the plasma edge and plasma-wall interaction, scenarios with additional heating and non-inductive current drive, etc. Moreover, the experimental work on small fusion devices is very appropriate for educating students, scientific activities of post-graduate students and for training of personnel for larger fusion devices. 2004 saw, within the framework of the Co-ordinated Research Project “Research Using Small Tokamaks” (CRP-RUST), the start of an interactive research effort based on the use of small tokamaks for investigations in mainstream fusion science areas. The CRP-RUST was completed in 2008 and its main trusts lied in testing of new diagnostics, materials and technologies as well as in education, training, and broadening of the geographical spreading of fusion research. Eventually, the CRP-RUST has established a framework of co-operation of small tokamaks with the aim to co-ordinate research through the exchange of information and equipment, scientific visits, and joint experiments. This concept has clearly demonstrated its value and potential for enhancing international collaborations and increased the impact of the small tokamak community.The present CRP follows the recommendation by experts to broaden the framework established through the CRP-RUST to a larger community of magnetic confinement devices (other than tokamaks) contributing to mainstream fusion research. Hence, this CRP seeks to establish a network of small magnetic confinement fusion devices that will be utilized to perform joint and comparative experiments to support technology development, modeling analysis and the development of simulation and communication tools. This will open the door for more Member States to join the research efforts and contribute to the success of magnetic confinement fusion.

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Utilization of a Network of Small Magnetic Confinement Fusion Devices for Mainstream Fusion Research
Research Using Small Tokamaks