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Reference Number EP/M022463/1
Title The Plasma-CCP Network
Status Completed
Energy Categories NUCLEAR FISSION and FUSION(Nuclear Fusion) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 100%
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 01 July 2015
End Date 30 July 2021
Duration 73 months
Total Grant Value £125,995
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region West Midlands
Programme NC : Infrastructure, NC : Physical Sciences
Investigators Principal Investigator Prof TD (Tony ) Arber , Physics, University of Warwick (99.992%)
  Other Investigator Professor PA Norreys , Oxford Physics, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Dr M Barnes , Oxford Physics, University of Oxford (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%)
Dr KM Zepf , Mathematics & Physics, Queen's University Belfast (0.001%)
Dr BD Dudson , 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%)
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Abstract Plasma is the dominant state of matter in the observable universe, and modern research in basic plasma physics is largely underpinned by computational plasma physics. Computational plasma physics is pivotal in efforts to develop a range of practical plasma based applications. The Plasma-CCP brings together computational plasma physicists with expertise in two major plasma application areas: magnetic confinement fusion (MCF) and laser-plasma interactions (LPI). Plasma physics lies at the heart of both application areas, but scientists tend to operate in separate communities owing to significant differences in geometrical constraints and in the physical regimes of interest. Plasma-CCP's main activity is built around core codes that are crucial for the future development of both MCF and LPI, but we note that these codes are by their very natures rather specific to each sub-discipline. The Plasma-CCP adds considerable value to the whole of plasma physics by fostering the exchange of ideas, algorithms and computer science expertise between sub-disciplines.Specific science addressed by the MCF side of Plasma-CCP includes:- Developing high fidelity models of plasma turbulence in the core and edge of MCF devices- Comparing HPC simulations using state-of-the-art models against data from MCF experiments- Exploiting turbulence models to optimise design/predict fusion performance in future devices- Understand the transport of heat and charged particles along and across magnetic fields, interaction between plasmas, neutral gas and material surfaces.- Modelling how the edge plasma, nearest the reactor walls, impacts on reactor performanceThe LPI side of Plasma-CCP addresses a wide range of basic science and fusion related research including:- Optimising LPI parameters for next generation hadron accelerators for cancer treatment- Laser driven electron acceleration with applications to novel light sources- High-field LPI of interested to high-energy density physics- QED-plasmas as expected from the next generation of high power lasers, e.g. the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) and Vulcan 20PW.- Laser drive and plasma compression for inertial confinement fusion energy
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