From October 2021 to December 2022, for over a year, I carried out my master thesis research at the Institute of Plasma Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague.
I got to know the Institute only a couple of months beforehand, in the frame of a summer training course. At the institute I got to cooperate with scientists on many research topics in fusion and there I got in touch with the organizer, that became my supervisor. The IPP used to host one of the few ITER-like shaped tokamaks in Europe, COMPASS, which is soon going to be replaced by its Upgrade version, COMPASS-U.
The environment of the fusion research community at the IPP captivated me and I looked for staying longer and carrying out my thesis research there. My thesis research aims at diagnosing the turbulence in the edge of tokamak plasmas. In particular, I performed tomographic inversion of the data of a fast visible camera viewing the low-field side of COMPASS.This task allowed me to apply the physics of plasmas to one of the compelling research topics faced by the fusion community, to broaden my knowledge about fusion and to improve my expertise of python.
Now that my research has come to an end, I'm going to miss the friendships I tied, my work environment and my colleagues.
I've got to thank FuseNet in the first instance for the financial support for the summer training held in August, that helped me in forging my decision. Coming to Prague let me first approach the research institute and let me find an inspiring research topic to work onto.
Thanks to FuseNet I had the chance to discover a new city and culture, to understand better how a research institute works and to find a way to bring my contribution to the fusion community.