21st ITPA Energetic Particle Physics TG Meeting

The 21st ITPA Energetic Particle Physics Topical Group Meeting of the International Tokamak Physics Activity (ITPA) took place in Lisbon, at IST, from 3 to 5 September 2018. The meeting was organized by IPFN, through the Theory and Modelling group.

The group's general scope is to tackle the qualitatively new physics element of ITER: dominant alpha particle heating.

The group provides the experimental basis and the theoretical knowledge to give recommendations for both the conventional and advanced scenarios in ITER. They work in areas such as energetic particle driven instabilities; development of new fast ion, neutron, and gamma diagnostics unique to ITER; effects of non-axisymmetric magnetic fields; interaction of fast ions with background magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) behaviour; neutral beam injection heating and current drive; and runaway electrons.

During these three days, several researchers shared the updates on their respective fields, including the Chair of Energetic Particle Physics Topical group Don Spong, the Co-Chair Mirko Salewski, and the ITER Co-Chair Simon Pinches.