Controlling Fusion Plasmas: Energetic Particle Turbulence
Gyrokinetic Simulation of Energetic Particle Turbulence & Transport (GSEP)

Assessing the effects of energetic particles on the performance of the burning plasmas in ITER

Zhihong Lin (project webpage)
University of California, Irvine

The goal of the DOE SciDAC Center for Gyrokinetic Simulation of Energetic Particle Turbulence and Transport (GSEP) is to develop predictive capability for assessing the effects of energetic particles on the performance of the burning plasmas in ITER. To achieve this ambitious goal, the GSEP Center has initiated a program of first-principles simulations of energetic particle turbulence and transport by deploying two complementary, global, nonlinear gyrokinetic codes: particle-in-cell GTC and continuum GYRO. The GSEP project focuses on further development of gyrokinetic turbulence codes for energetic particle simulations, comprehensive energetic particle physics studies, extensive verifications through cross-code benchmarks and theory-simulation comparisons, and vigorous validations using data from existing tokamaks including DIII-D experiments dedicated for energetic particle physics.

Science Application: Fusion Science

Project Title: Center for Gyrokinetic Simulation of Energetic Particle Turbulence and Transport (GSEP).

Principal Investigator: Zhihong Lin
Affiliation: University of California, Irvine

Project Webpage: http://gk.ps.uci.edu/gsep/

Participating Institutions and Co-Investigators:

University of California, Irvine - Z. Lin (PI), L. Chen
General Atomics - M.S. Chu
Oak Ridge National Laboratory - D. Spong
University of California, San Diego - P.H. Diamond
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory - C. Kamath

Funding Partners: Office of Science Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research and Office of Fusion Energy Sciences

Budget and Duration: Approximately $0.5 million per year for three years 1

Other SciDAC fusion efforts



1Subject to acceptable progress review and the availability of appropriated funds

 


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