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Introduction

The objectives of the burning plasma research group are to:

  • investigate fundamental plasma physics problems relevant to the next generation of
    burning plasma experiments;
  • contribute to the training of a new generation of fusion scientists;
    • promote fusion physics as fundamental plasma science.
  • It is widely recognized among researchers in the field that magnetic fusion research has made significant progress in recent years and that the world fusion program is technically ready to proceed with the realization of a burning plasma experiment - a tokamak experiment where plasmas are produced that are dominantly self-heated by alpha particles created by the fusion reactions themselves. There are, however, open scientific issues that relate to the complex physics behavior of magnetically confined plasmas. These issues are at the same time complicated and scientifically fascinating as any frontier branch of physics.