Significant opportunities exist for participating in exciting research at all levels on the DIII-D tokamak in San Diego. The DIII-D program is a national and international collaboration among ~100 academic and corporate research institutions. Collaborators lead and manage elements of the program, generate ideas and innovations, lead experiments, build and operate diagnostics and equipment, analyze data, provide theory and modeling, and report and publish results. Graduate and undergraduate students also find opportunities for contributing to world-class fusion science.
The overall goal of the DIII-D program is to establish the scientific basis for the optimization of the tokamak approach to fusion energy. This includes specific emphasis on three areas of research:
DIII-D scientists are committed to addressing ITER research needs. Efforts in this area include pioneering work in control of core and edge instabilities, core stability and transport including the effect of low-torque operation (using co-counter current NBI and ECH heating/current drive), validating safe rapid plasma shutdown methods, testing and developing operating scenarios for ITER, developing physics models for partially detached divertor solutions, and evaluating plasma-material interactions.
The research program includes major elements of fusion science: transport, stability, energetic particles, heating and current drive, pedestal and boundary physics, and plasma-material interactions. A hallmark of the DIII-D program is its emphasis on model validation enabled by a world-leading diagnostic set. DIII-D actively participates in the International Tokamak Physics Activity (ITPA) and internationally coordinated multi-machine experiments.
DIII-D has a flexible set of heating and current-drive systems, including 20MW of neutral beam heating (co- and counter-current injection, with 5MW of variable off-axis injection and current drive), and 6 MW-class gyrotrons with steerable launchers for EC heating, current drive, and stability control. Multiple pellet injectors provide capability for ELM pacing, disruption mitigation, and fueling studies, while active density control is provided by three in-vessel cryopumps. The flexible shape control system allows lower-single-null, upper-single-null, and double-null shapes with a wide range of triangularity and elongation.
Questions about the FOA should be directed to Mark Foster .
All applicants will need to include a completed Record of Discussion (see below) with their final application (not the pre-application). If you have questions about that process, or need help being matched with somebody at DIII-D for that discussion, please contact Chuck Greenfield .
More detailed information on the DIII-D program is available in the peer reviewed “DIII-D National Fusion Program Five-Year Plan 2014-2018”, published in 2013, which is available at:
Recent updates on current research topics and plans may be found at:
To be considered for funding, applicants must have discussed their proposed research with the DIII-D National Research Program Leaders and must include a signed Record of Discussion (RoD), which is downloadable from:
Note: Records of discussions must be submitted for final signatures by Thursday, 09/07/2017 (well before the proposal submittal deadline). You should initiate the discussions with the DIII-D program early in the process, especially in terms of value to the program and required resources.
Contact information for key individuals in each topical area may be found at this link:
|U.S. Labs||Japan||European Community||Russia|
|LANL||NIFS||FOM (Holland)||Moscow State|
|ORNL||Tsukuba U.||Joint European Torus|
|U.S. Universities||Other International||Industry|
|Cal Tech||Palomar||CCFM (Canada)||CPI|
|Colorado||Texas||Chalmers U. (Sweden)||Creare|
|Columbia||UCB||Helsinki U. (Finland)||FAR Tech|
|Georgia Tech||UCI||KAIST (Korea)||Gycom|
|Hampton||UCLA||KBSI (Korea)||HiTech Metallurgical|
|Maryland||Washington||U. Alberta (Canada)||Orincon|
|Wisconsin||U. Toronto (Canada)||Surmet|
|U. Wales (Wales)||U. Wales (Wales)|
|Program Director||Dave Hill||Hilldn|
|Deputy Program Director||Wayne Solomon||Solomon|
|Assistant Director||Chuck Greenfield||Greenfield|
|Experimental Science||Richard Buttery||Buttery|
|Experimental Science (Deputy)||Punit Gohil||Gohil|
|BPMIC (Deputy)||Dan Thomas||Thomas|
|Theory & Computational Science||Phil Snyder||Snyder|
|Computer & Diagnostic Systems||Rejean Boivin||Boivin|
|DIII-D Experimental Coordinator||Max Fenstermacher||Fenstermacher|
|LLNL Onsite Coordinator||Steve Allen||Allens|
|ORNL Onsite Coordinator||Ezekial Unterberg||Unterberge|
|PPPL Onsite Coordinator||Raffi Nazikian||Nazikian|
|UCLA Onsite Coordinator||Terry Rhodes||Rhodes|
|UCSD Onsite Coordinator||Eric Hollman||Hollman|