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Sander Heester - internship at IPP Prague

Supported by FuseNet, Sander Heester worked at the Institute for Plasma Physics in Prague as part of his internship. During this time he worked on a new diagnostic for detection of runaway electrons in COMPASS tokamak, vertical-ECE. During the weekends he explored Prague and all it had to offer.

Marco Muraca - MSc thesis at CCFE

Supported by FuseNet, Marco Muraca went to do his Master's thesis at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energery (CCFE), home to the as-of-yet biggest nuclear fusion device: the Joint European Torus (JET). He worked on understanding the role of anomalous transport during the ELM cycles. He spent his free days in the pubs and gyms of Abington, and in the vibrant town of Oxford, rich in culture, concerts and parties.

Antonio De Falco - MSc thesis at IST Lisbon

Supported by FuseNet, Antonio De Falco spent six months in Lisbon at ISTTOK tokamak for his master thesis in Automation Engineering. He developed an algorithm for a real-time estimation of the plasma current centroid position. In his time off he visited all manner of attractions and events that Lisbon had to offer.

56th Culham Plasma Physics Summer School

Supported by FuseNet, Maximilian Ayling, Henrik Jaerleblad and Aleksandar Opancar attended the 56th annual edition of the Culham Plasma Physics Summer School. The school aims at a fundamental description of plasma physics, while also showing the broadness of plasmas' field of application. Maximilian, Henrik and Aleksandar ended up learning some cutting-edge physics while making life-long friends in the process!

Andreas Smolders - internship at SPC

Supported by FuseNet, Andreas Smolders went to the Swiss Plasma Center in Lausanne. He worked on plasma detachment control of the TCV tokamak. He studied the possible actuators and sensors that could be useful for the TCV control system.

Alexis Devitre - MSc thesis at CIEMAT

Supported by FuseNet, Alexis Devitre went to CIEMAT in Madrid for his Master's thesis. He worked with getter-films: thin atomic depositions used across industries to complete and maintain vacuum. Particularly, he was interested in how the boron coating, used in TJ-II to protect this lithium getter-film, affected its functioning.

José-Manual Trueba-Cutillas - internship at KIT

Supported by FuseNet, José went to the Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie to work on pellet injection. The case that he worked on was a design of a pellet injector for DEMO. He put a lot of effort into analysing what the best type of extruder would be.

EPS 2019

Supported by FuseNet, Francesca Cella and Yuliia Volkova went to the EPS Plasma Physics conference in Milan from 8 to 12 July. The European Physical Society Plasma Physics Division organizes this conference every year. Both Francesca and Yuliia presented posters of their research at EPS.

Luca Cristale - internship at IST Lisbon

Supported by FuseNet, Luca Cristale went to the Instituto Superior Tècnico in Lisbon to work on fusion diagnostics. In five months' time he got to improve his knowledge of fusion technology, converse with in-the-field researchers and enjoy both culture and sports in the beautiful city of Lisbon.

Neil Lamas - MSc thesis at CIEMAT

Supported by FuseNet, Neil Lamas went to CIEMAT in Madrid, home to the TJ-II stellarator. For his Master's thesis, he worked on optimising stellarators with regard to neoclassical transport for a full four months. Not only did he learn a lot about fusion theory, he also discovered the 24/7, vibrant and cosmopolitan streets of Madrid.

Plasmasurf 2019 (2/2)

Supported by FuseNet, Manuel Agredano Torres, Jakub Caloud and Yacopo Damizia also went to Lisbon's Instituto de Plasmas e Fusao Nuclear to attend PlasmaSurf 2019. It covers the basics of plasma science, intense laser-plasma interaction and fusion technology. To boot, it involves a lot of surfing and rock climbing!

Antonello Zito - MSc thesis at IPP Garching

Supported by FuseNet, Antonello Zito went to the Max-Planck-Institut  für Plasmaphysik in Garching. At the Plasma Edge and Wall dvision, he studied the propagation of high-density blobs in the scrape-off layer, i.e. the outermost part of the fusion plasma. He was very satisfied, both with his results and with getting to live in a beautiful city like Munich.

Plasmasurf 2019 (1/2)

Supported by FuseNet, Javier Hidalgo Salaverri, Jordi Manyer Fuertes and Dante Loi went to Lisbon's Instituto de Plasmas e Fusao Nuclear to attend PlasmaSurf 2019. It covers the basis of plasma science, intense lasers-plasma interaction and fusion technologies. As for the surfing part, well, check out the photo at the bottom of the article.

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.