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10th Festival de Théorie

Supported by FuseNet, both Wenling Dong and Uladzislava Yevarouskaya visited the 10th Festival de Théorie in Aix-en-Province. This year’s edition was all about phase dynamics, and both Wenling and Uladzislava would like to tell you something about their experiences!

Caterina Cavallini - internship at IPFN

Supported by FuseNet, Caterina Cavallini went to Lisbon's Institute for Plasmas and Nuclear Fusion to study the wettability of stainless steel by liquid gallium. Being a chemist at heart, she overcame her initial worries and poured herself into understanding vacuum technology to build the device she was going to experiment with. On Fridays, she enjoyed the local cerveja in the brewery with her lab mates.

Allessandro Cianciulli - MSc thesis at IPFN

Supported by FuseNet, Allessandro Cianciulli went Lisbon's Institute for Plasmas and Nuclear Fusion. He worked on algorithms to real-time reconstruct the plasma current inISTTok tokamak, which is special in that it operates in alternating-current mode. In his free time he surfed the cold, cold ocean and climbed the beautifuls cliffs.

Vito Konrad Zotta - MSc thesis at JET (CCFE)

Supported by FuseNet, Vito Konrad Zotta went to Culham Centre for Fusion Energy's JET. He worked on modelling different plasma scenarios for JET's next experimental campaigns. In his free time he enjoyed the city of Oxford, with its many interesting activities, concerts and events.

Tertyshna Mariia - MSc internship at SCK-CEN

Supported by FuseNet, Tertyshna Mariia went to the Belgian Nuclear Research Center SCK-CEN, where worked on her Master's thesis. She researrched three-point bending dependencies of ductile-to-brittle-transition-temperature-minimised tungsten samples. On her days of she enjoyed sports, travelling, and tasting national dishes.

Stefano Marchioni - internship at Max Planck IPP

Supported by FuseNet, Stefano Marchioni went to the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Munich. He worked on localising tearing modes by analysing Electron Cyclotron Emission with Singular Value Decomposition. Even though the weather was sometimes tough, he discovered several nice activities in the city and the delicious beer,

Anej Valic - GOMTRAIC in Prague

Supported by FuseNet, Anej Valic attended GOMTRAIC at the Czech Technical University in Prague. Together with others, he had a five-day hands-on experience with the GOLEM tokamak. He worked with several plasma diagnostics and had to overcome some challenges associated with doing experimental work.

Enrico Aymerich - internship at CCFE

Supported by FuseNet, Enrico Aymerich went to Culham Centre for Fusion Energy to do his internship . In his time there, he developed and optimised two algorithms for the identification of MHD modes in the plasma. On his days off, he visited some of the famous university that Britain boasts, as well as the famous Seven Sisters Cliffs.

Lars van Ruremonde - graduation project at Tokamak Energy Ltd.

Supported by FuseNet, Lars van Ruremonde got to be part of the diagnostics group at Tokamak Energy Ltd., in Oxfordshire, England, where he did his master graduation project. He worked on spectroscopic simulations and was happy to do his research together with colleagues in the group, under the supervision of dr. Vladimir Shevchenko.

Joost Lammers - internship at PPPL

Supported by FuseNet, Joost Lammers went to the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, where he worked in the plasma control group. His internship was about predicting neoclassical tearing modes in tokamaks using offline data from equilibrium solvers. In his free time he toured governmental America (UN HQ, Pentagon, etc.) and even had a sit in Einstein's old office.

Pim Joostens - Internship at QST

Supported by FuseNet, Pim Joosten went to the National Institute for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology in Naka, Ibaraki, Japan. He worked on the conceptual evaluation of a type of breeding blanket. Reminiscing about Japan, Pim misses the culture and food  especially the noodles.

Jaap Hermens - internship at University of Sydney

Supported by FuseNet, Jaap Hermens went to the University of Sydney, where he worked on the analysis of deuterium ion motion in and intertial electrostatic confinement device (more colloquially dubbed 'fusor'). In his spare time he discovered the city and upon completion of the internship he went on a month-long roadtrip.

Katia Camacho Mata - internship at Institute Jean Lamour

Supported by FuseNet, Katia Camacho Mata went to the Institute Jean Lamour In Nancy, where performed self-consistent calculations of the bootstrap current for the ESTELL stellarator. Beautiful Art Nouveau architecture and fantastic French food complemented her stay.

Berend Gort - internship at SPC

Supported by FuseNet, Berend Gort went to the Swiss Plasma Centre, where he investigated the dynamic limitations of a new mirror that reflects high-power electromagnetic microwaves into the plasma. In the weekends, he braved all the slopes within driving distance of Lausanne on his skis.

Robin Somers - IRFM Winter Event

Supported by FuseNet, Robin Somers attended a unique hands-on experience at WEST-tokamak. He got the pick of a range of subjects, ranging from turbulence studies in stellarators to analysing plasma-facing components for ITER.

Laurens van der Leden - internship at KIT

Supported by FuseNet, Laurens van der Leden went to the Karlsrüher Institut für Technologie where he worked on developing a database that stores the properies of all kinds of materials relevant for fusion. Along the way, he upped his C++ and SQLite skills as well as his German.

Alexis Devitre - IRFM Winter Event

Supported by FuseNet, Alexis Devitre attended the IRFM Winter Event in CEA Cadarache as part of the second-year programme of the European Master in Fusion Science and Engineering Physics. His work on the backend of an ICRH antenna and on testing plasma-facing components have helped him appreciate the practical end of fusion science.

Matthias Werl - MSc thesis at CNT

Supported by FuseNet, Matthias Werl did part of his MSc thesis research at Columbia University in New York, USA. He worked on explaining synergistic effects resulting form microwave heating in combination with a heated and biased filament, which result in unexpectedly high densities. In his free time he went on several (fusion-related) roadtrips, to the beach and some big US cities.

Lidija Radovanovic - internship at IPP Garching

Supported by FuseNet, Lidija Radovanovic went to the Max Planck Insitute for Plasma Physics in Garching, where, using an existing numerical code, she worked on a better understanding of how to combat ELMs using... ELMs. In her free time she explored the wonders of Bavaria and rediscovered her love of swimming.

Tristan Neelis - Msc thesis at IPP Greifswald

Supported by FuseNet, Tristan Neelis went to the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald, Germany. He worked on investigating neutral beam attenuation of the newly implemented neutral beam source at Wendelstein 7-X.