Engineering Solutions for Fusion Reactors
An economically feasible tokamak power plant requires operation at physics parameters that are simultaneously close to the edge of plasma instabilities and the technical possibilities of materials engineering and nuclear operation. As a result, crosscutting work at the intersection of physics and engineering is now at the forefront of fusion research. A significant challenge is the handling of the extreme heat flux from the plasma to the divertor. I will talk about the approaches my group is taking to solve this problem. The main focus of the presentation will be on the control of various plasma instabilities, avoidance of disruptions, and the development of liquid metal walls for fusion reactors.