What is it about?

Turbulence is the main contributor to the loss of heat and particles in magnetic-confinement-fusion devices. By modifying the magnetic field geometry in a quasi-helically symmetric magnetic field, we show computationally that the growth rate of the primary instability that drives trapped-electron-mode turbulence can be significantly reduced.

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Why is it important?

The ability to minimize turbulent transport in a magnetically confined plasma will allow for steeper density and temperature gradients, thereby making fusion energy more accessible. Our findings provide a crucial physical insight that can inform the design of next-generation turbulence-optimized fusion reactors.


Not only have we identified a novel technique for reducing the growth rate of a prominent instability, but we also demonstrate a deep physical understanding of how this stabilization is achieved. We are excited to investigate further what impact this might have on turbulent transport.

Michael Gerard
University of Wisconsin Madison

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This page is a summary of: On the effect of flux-surface shaping on trapped-electron modes in quasi-helically symmetric stellarators, Physics of Plasmas, May 2024, American Institute of Physics,
DOI: 10.1063/5.0203569.
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