Maryland Controlled Fusion Research Program
The UMD plasma theory group has had a long involvement in the DoE sponsored controlled fusion program. The group's activities have focused on studying the turbulent transport of matter and energy in high temperature magnetically confined plasmas. This work includes proposing models, developing analytic and numerical solutions to these models, and comparing the solutions to the results of experiments conducted at major DoE laboratories.
Numerical simulation of the disruption of a Tokamak plasma. One quarter of the toroidally shaped plasma is shown. The colored surfaces represent surfaces of constant plasma density. At the beginning of the simulation the surfaces are smooth concentric tori. However, the magnetic configuration is unstable and rapidly develops the scalloped density surfaces depicted. University of Maryland researchers have been pioneers in the development of theories and models to describe this kind of phenomena.