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Jülich endoscope for Wendelstein 7-X delivers first image

An important tool for the Jülich research programme on plasma wall interactions at Wendelstein 7-X is a set of optical instruments allowing for local observation of the divertor area in the range of infrared up to UV. For this purpose, researchers have developed an endoscope which transfers the light collected at the plasma boundary via a set of mirrors with complex shape out of the stellarator for evaluation with cameras and spectrometers. More: Jülich endoscope for Wendelstein 7-X delivers first image …

Ausschnitt eines Magnetmoduls mit installierten Busleitern an Wendelstein 7-X

First Hydrogen Plasma at Wendelstein 7-X

Greifswald/Jülich, 3 February 2016 – During a ceremony at Wendelstein 7-X, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel switched on the first ever hydrogen plasma on Wednesday. Thus, scientific experiment operations at the largest stellarator fusion facility in the world began ten years after the start of construction. The facility is located at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald. Forschungszentrum Jülich will now continue its scientific work in the field by researching plasma/wall interactions. More (in German)

Vom Plasma reflektierte Mikrowellensignale an Wendelstein 7-X

First Measurements by Jülich Diagnostic Systems at Wendelstein 7-X

Greifswald/Jülich, 14 December 2015 – Jülich researchers have undertaken the first measurements of the plasma at the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device. Helium plasma was produced there for the first time last week. More (in German)

Teilnehmer des Sino-German Workshops im IEK-4

Sino-German Workshop in Jülich

On 26-28 May 2015, IEK-4 organised for the first time in Jülich the meeting of the Chinese (ASIPP, universities) and German fusion research partners (FZJ, IPP) in the framework of the Sino-German Helmholtz Science Centre. The main focus of the meeting was on plasma-wall interactions, plasma-edge physics and material development and qualification. 18 participants from China, 6 participants from IPP Garching and 20 participants from FZJ took part and discussed over three days recent developments in EAST, linear devices and plasma-facing component qualification, as well as results of joint projects such as laser-based diagnostics and material migration modelling. More: Sino-German Workshop in Jülich …

Teilnehmer des Reflektometrie-Workshops im IEK-4

12th Int. Reflectometry Workshop

The 12th edition of the International Reflectometry Workshop has taken place in Juelich from 18th-20th May. More than 40 participants, amongst them colleagues from China, Japan and the US, have discussed recent progress in understanding of turbulence propagation and structure covering the core and the plasma edge of today's fusion devices. It was completed by presentations on simulations and theory on interpretations of reflectometry measurements. Beside these topics, a part of the workshop program was devoted to new hardware developments, especially with view on ITER. The newest results from wave guide tests and the progress on the different Reflectometer systems for ITER have been presented.
The workshop was followed by a meeting of the virtual institute on advanced microwave diagnostic, which is supported by the Helmholtz Association where the IEK-4 is participating.
During this meeting new phased array antennae arrangements for the use of reflectometers in ASDEX Upgrade were discussed, as well as future plans for new hardware installations. More: 12th Int. Reflectometry Workshop …

Teilnehmer des DEMO-Workshops im IEK-4

9th DEMO Workshop

On 28th and 29th April 2015, the 9th meeting of the German DEMO working group was held in Jülich. About 40 scientists from IPP Garching and Greifswald, KIT Karlsruhe and FZ Jülich discussed the latest status of research on DEMO physics and technology. Major topics were the divertor physics and control of DEMO power exhaust, the DEMO divertor concept, and plasma heating and current drive. Further collaborations are envisaged to elaborate advanced divertor concepts, to gain a joint understanding of DEMO requirements, and to improve systems codes in various areas of DEMO physics and technology.
The next meeting shall take place in Karlsruhe about January 2016. More: 9th DEMO Workshop …

Teilnehmer der Fusionsklausur des IEK-4

First Fusion Retreat of IEK-4

From February 23-26, 2015 the first Fusion retreat of the IEK-4 took place at the Wasserburg Rindern near Kleve. In total 66 participants of the IEK-4 and IEK-2 attended the meeting which was aiming to monitor the activities and future plans of our scientific workprogramme in the fields of 'Advanced Materials', 'Plasma Material Interactions', 'Surface Physics and Retention', 'Divertor Physics and Recycling', '3D Edge Physics and Stellarator Physics' and 'Fusion Technology'. More: First Fusion Retreat of IEK-4 …

Minerva-Preisträger und Vorstandsvorsitzender des FZJ

Minerva Prize for Champions of Fusion Research

On December 4, 2014, the Minerva Prize of Jülich's Museum Association (Förderverein Museum Jülich e.V.) was presented to a triumvirate from fusion research. Yesterday evening, Prof. Wolfgang Marquardt presented a statuette of Minerva, the goddess of wisdom and patron of science, to Prof. Chevalier Paul Vandenplas, Prof. Marnix van der Wiel, and Prof. Gerd Wolf for their services. At the ceremony in the Schlosskapelle of the Zitadelle in Jülich, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich and the chair of the association emphasized one particular quality of the three prize winners – their far-sightedness. "Anyone who, like yourselves, has dedicated their whole life to fusion, certainly has this quality!" More: Minerva Prize for Champions of Fusion Research …

Vertreter des EUROfusion-Konsortiums mit Urkunden

EUROfusion - A New Programme for Efficient Fusion Research

With a ceremony on 9 October 2014 in Brussels a new organization has been started for the coordination of the European Fusion Research Programme. The Consortium EUROfusion is the backbone of this new organization, which comprises 29 national fusion centres from 26 countries. With this consortium the national fusion research centres want to bundle their resources more efficiently towards the common goal: the first fusion power plant. About half of the five years' budget (2014–2018) of 857 Million Euro is borne by the EU. More: EUROfusion - A New Programme for Efficient Fusion Research …

Zahlreiche Gäste bei der 30-Jahr-Feier für TEXTOR

30 Years of TEXTOR

TEXTOR was Jülich’s large-scale fusion experiment for 30 years. The results obtained made a significant impact on international fusion research. Guests from all over the world took part in the official function at Forschungszentrum Jülich today to mark the anniversary, and, at the same time, the shutdown of the experiment in December 2013. Together with Jülich scientists and their partners, they looked back on more than a quarter of a century of fusion research at Jülich. More: 30 Years of TEXTOR …

Jülicher Plasmaphysiker bauen Mess-System für ITER

Nuclear Fusion: Jülich's Role in ITER

Forschungszentrum Jülich will lead a consortium of European partners to design a measuring system for the fusion experiment ITER. The facility is currently under construction in Cadarache in the south of France as part of a major international cooperation. The consortium signed a Framework Partnership Agreement with the European Union’s Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy (F4E) to develop the ITER core plasma Charge Exchange Recombination Spectroscopy (CXRS) diagnostic. This measuring system will help determine the composition and temperature of the plasma in the vacuum vessel. The Framework Partnership Agreement runs for four years with an F4E contribution of 4.9 million euros. More: Nuclear Fusion: Jülich's Role in ITER …