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Reference Number EP/L000237/1
Title Plasma Physics HEC Consortia
Status Completed
Energy Categories NUCLEAR FISSION and FUSION(Nuclear Fusion) 80%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 80%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Prof TD (Tony ) Arber
No email address given
University of Warwick
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 29 May 2013
End Date 28 May 2018
Duration 60 months
Total Grant Value £279,240
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region West Midlands
Programme NC : Infrastructure
Investigators Principal Investigator Prof TD (Tony ) Arber , Physics, University of Warwick (99.989%)
  Other Investigator Professor AR Bell , Oxford Physics, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Professor PA Norreys , Oxford Physics, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Professor RG (Roger ) Evans , Department of Physics (the Blackett Laboratory), Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor J Chittenden , Department of Physics (the Blackett Laboratory), Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr BF McMillan , Physics, University of Warwick (0.001%)
Professor H Wilson , Physics, University of York (0.001%)
Dr BD Dudson , Physics, University of York (0.001%)
Dr CP Ridgers , Physics, University of York (0.001%)
Dr P McKenna , Physics, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Dr CM (Colin ) Roach , Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, EURATOM/CCFE (0.001%)
Dr M (Mike ) Ashworth , CSE/Advanced Research Computing (COO), STFC (Science & Technology Facilities Council) (0.001%)
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Abstract Plasma physics is the study of the properties of fully ionised gases or dense matter that exhibits similar collective behaviour. The processes, which need to be investigated, therefore cover kinetic theory of matter far from its equilibrium state, fluid dynamics of magnetised and conductive plasmas and the interaction of these processes across a huge range of time and length scales, often in complex geometries. Such problems are rarely tractable analytically and thus much of plasma physics resorts to High End Computing (HEC) to perform massive simulations.This planned HEC Consortium will cover all aspects of computational plasma physics. This includes modelling for magnetic confinement fusion (MCF) devices to optimize reactor performance, simulations to optimize laser-particle accelerator sources, novel approaches to high-intensity laser plasma experiments and laser-driven fusion. In all these areas High End Computing (HEC) resources are needed for simulations which are essential to either guiding experiments and research programmes (including a reliable predictive capability for the performance of future plasma facilities) or interpreting the complex diagnostic sets from coupled multi-scale, non-linear and often relativistic processes.To help maintain the UK's leading role in fusion reactor design and basic plasma physics the HEC Consortium requires a block allocation of UK National level computing resource. This will ease the access to such facilities and allow the UK to collectively plan computational programmes, which will require many years to complete, in the certainty that the computing resources will be available. Over the five-year duration of this HEC Consortium grant HEC architectures are likely to change and optimising codes for current and future machines is therefore essential. In addition new physics packages must be developed and implemented to keep the UK at the cutting edge of this research. The Consortium therefore also requires funding for software development to exploit the computing resources and keep codes world-leading.The proposed HEC Consortium will therefore conduct simulations in support of the UK fusion programme; software development for novel physical processes and maintain the scientific impact of plasma and laser physics
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