Dr. Agnieszka Zaraś-Szydłowska from the Department of Laser Plasma Physics and Applications and Dr. Tomasz Fornal from the Department of Nuclear Fusion and Plasma Spectroscopy received NCN grants under the MINIATURA 7 competition for the implementation of individual research activities.
In the MINIATURA 7 competition organized by the National Science Center, researchers could plan their activities in the form of preliminary research, pilot research, research internship, research trip or consultation trip.
Dr. Zaraś-Szydłowska was awarded a grant for preliminary research for the project entitled "Preparation of a diagnostic system for interferometric measurements of femtosecond laser-induced plasma parameters for future research related to inertial fusion."
The project involves the construction and installation of an interferometric diagnostic system, the so-called complex interferometer, to study the parameters of the plasma generated as a result of the interaction of a terawatt laser pulse with a thin foil and its use during an experimental session at the High-Power Laser Laboratory located at the IPPLM. Comprehensive interferometry is a combination of standard interferometry and polarimetry and allows obtaining information on the distribution of electron concentration and spontaneous magnetic fields, which parameters are important in plasma research with a view to obtaining inertial fusion and in astrophysical research. The main goal of the project is to record high-quality comprehensive interferograms for various plasma expansion times.
The second winner, Dr. Fornal, will complete a research internship at the Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics in Greifswald. "Development of numerical codes for studying the behavior of light impurities in the plasma of the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator" is the topic of his project.
During the three-month internship, work will be carried out on the development of software for data acquisition from the C/O monitor spectroscopic system for the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) stellarator. The activities will include the development of a code for operating the detectors, taking into account the specificity of fusion experiments, as well as the creation of numerical tools for the analysis of experimental data. The internship will enable Dr. Fornal to test the software in experimental conditions, providing the necessary access to the intranet infrastructure of the W7-X stellarator. The ultimate goal of the project is to obtain high-quality measurement data for precise analyzes of light impurities in the W7-X plasma.
We would like to congratulate the winners and wish them success in their research work!
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