Supported by FuseNet, Sim Bouwmans went to General Atomics in San Diego, USA. He worked on the topic of replacing the Langmuir probe diagnostics of MACE with spectroscopic measurements. He also loved San Diego, because it was so close to the ocean!
Supported by FuseNet, Francesca Cella went to Lisbon's Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear. For her MSc thesis she worked in the Theory and Modelling group where sje studied Alfvén instabilities in fusion plasmas. These instabilities can be detrimental to tokamak operation and thus need to be carefully understood. On her days of she discovered the two souls of Lisbon. What she means with that? Read all about it here!
Supported by FuseNet, Jos Scholte went to ENEA Brasimone in Italy to work on a water-cooled lithium blanket. He modelled the injection of high-temperature pressured water into the experimental device. His simulations didn't match with experiments, at first at least. Normally, if the theory doesn't fit experimental data you throw out the theory, but in this case it was the other way around. Jos found out that a leaky valve was the culprit. He also loved his monday pizza sessions at work.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.