Confirmation of the topology of the Wendelstein 7-X magnetic field to better than 1:100,000

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Researchers

  • Wendelstein 7-X Team

Research units

  • University of Greifswald
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik
  • Princeton University
  • Technical University of Berlin
  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • CIEMAT
  • Wigner Research Centre for Physics
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • University of Maryland
  • Universidade Lisboa
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Abstract

Fusion energy research has in the past 40 years focused primarily on the tokamak concept, but recent advances in plasma theory and computational power have led to renewed interest in stellarators. The largest and most sophisticated stellarator in the world, Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X), has just started operation, with the aim to show that the earlier weaknesses of this concept have been addressed successfully, and that the intrinsic advantages of the concept persist, also at plasma parameters approaching those of a future fusion power plant. Here we show the first physics results, obtained before plasma operation: that the carefully tailored topology of nested magnetic surfaces needed for good confinement is realized, and that the measured deviations are smaller than one part in 100,000. This is a significant step forward in stellarator research, since it shows that the complicated and delicate magnetic topology can be created and verified with the required accuracy.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Article number13493
JournalNature Communications
Volume7
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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