Hanna Schamis will be the first RSSEL graduate student to conduct research at ITER during her five month internship opportunity at the world’s largest fusion experiment in Spring 2017. Under the supervision of Gregory de Temmerman, Coordinating Scientist Plasma Edge & PWI Science and Operations Department (SCOD)/Science Division (SD)/Tungsten Divertor & Plasma-Wall Interactions Section (TDPW), Hanna will be working on the modeling of erosion /deposition on ITER first mirrors during glow discharge cleaning. The internship at ITER facilities in Saint Paul Lez Durance, France is an exciting opportunity that will strengthen collaboration in PMI research with Illinois, NPRE and Professor Allain’s RSSEL research group.
The ITER project is an international nuclear fusion research and engineering megaproject, which will be the world’s largest magnetic confinement plasma physics experiment. It is an experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor that is being built in Cadarache, southern France.
Congratulations to Brandon Holybee, who has been selected to receive the prestigious Lam Research Corporation Scholarship. Lam Research Corporation is an American corporation that engages in the design, manufacture, marketing, and service of semiconductor processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits.
Felipe Bedoya was a visiting graduate student at PPPL during the last NSTX-U run period, during which he took thesis data with the Materials Analysis and Particle Probe (MAPP) developed at RSSEL. Bedoya used the new diagnostic, MAPP, to insert graphite and molybdenum alloy (TZM) samples into the NSTX-U vacuum vessel for exposure during boronization and subsequent plasma operations. The device enables scientists to decipher the chemical make-up of the surface of materials exposed to plasma, while keeping the materials in a vacuum. The research was published in the July issue of Review of Scientific Instruments, and was funded by the DOE Office of Science (Fusion Energy Sciences). For the complete article read: PPPL researchers successfully test new device that analyzes the surfaces of tokamak components within a vacuum
Hanna Schamis spent two summers as an intern in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) at PPPL. Schamis’ research this summer focused on an alloy of molybdenum (TZM), a plasma-facing material that will be used to line the divertor, a part of the machine that collects heat and particles from the plasma. Schamis used MAPP to conduct her experiment and analyze the effect of the plasma on the chemical composition of the TZM over time.
This is the first time measurements of this kind have been performed on a large fusion device like NSTX-U given the importance of surface chemistry and physics and is part of Prof Allain’s broad portfolio in fusion PMI research.
Prof. JP Allain laboratory, Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering
Prof. Allain has been chosen as an Engineering at Illinois’ Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellow for the 2016-17 year. He joins the second class of Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellows, a program first of its kind in a U.S. College of Engineering supported by a group of passionate alumni. Fellows focus on bringing their work to the world by developing a technology and testing its commercial potential while working with student teams.
Engineering and business students interested in joining a student team led by Prof. Allain this fall must register for the new innovation entrepreneurship course TE/ENG 401: Developing Breakthrough Projects.
With over 3500 abstracts submitted by the September 30, 2015 deadline, WBC2016 is on track to be the largest scientific gathering of biomaterials scientists ever, and the largest World Biomaterials Congress to-date.
HIDRA, the former WEGA stellarator/tokamak, arrived at Illinois in Nov. 2014 from the Max-Planck-Institut fur Plasmaphysik and has been under assembly for the last 18 months (watch assembly). On Friday April 22, 2016 HIDRA had its first confined plasma at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, event attended by over 100 people including the Dean of Engineering, the Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering Dept. Head, most of the faculty and numerous alumni visitors. The hard work of Prof. Daniel Andruczyk and many undergraduate and graduate students, as well as help from Illinois Facilities and Services were recognized. The device, in operation since 1975 at various sites with intermittent interruptions, is one of the long-lived fusion experiments and now available for plasma physics and fusion research at Illinois.
Professor Allain was invited to present the talk titled Challenges to a foundational understanding of the plasma-material interface in plasma-burning nuclear fusion reactors in the 2015 – 2016 Nuclear Engineering Colloquium Series at The University of Tennessee this past February, 2016. The complete talk is available for viewing at the following link: View Nuclear Colloquium Presentation Feb 9, 2016