The Large Helical Device (LHD) is the world's largest superconducting plasma confinement device, and employs a heliotron magnetic configuration. The objectives are to conduct academic research on confinement of steady-state/high-temperature plasma from the viewpoint of developing the helical-type fusion reactor.
Drs. M. Kubkowska (center), A. Czarnecka (left) from IPPLM, Poland and K.J. McCarthy from CIEMAT, Spain have come to NIFS. We collaborate on plasma diagnostics with them.
A Ph. D. student, Mr. Jan Paul Koschinsky, has come to NIFS from Max Planck Institute fuer Plasma Physik, Germany.
Dr. Tony Donne, program manager of EUROfusion, came to NIFS. He made a presentation about the status and prospects of European fusion research. We also discussed about the collaboration between NIFS and European institutes.
Three students, Ms. T. Tanaka (Nagoya Univ.), Mr. T. Amitani (Nat'l Inst. Tech. Toyama) and Mr. J. Jo (Seoul Nat'l Univ.), have come to NIFS to perform the experiment for their own theses.
Drs. J. Wei, Y. Xie and C. Jiang have come to NIFS from Institute of Plasma Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, China. We collaborate with them on NBI heating research.
Plasma experiment of the 20th LHD campaign has been started.
Transition to the superconducting mode was confirmed.
Final inspection in the torus hall completed.
Cryogenic system for superconducting coils
Cryogenic system for superconducting coils has started the operation.
A scene at the LHD daily meeting.
Results of the yesterday's experiment and the schedule of the today's experiment are presented.
First deuterium plasma
A first deuterium plasma has been ignited.