ITPA Energetic Particle Physics Topical Group

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  • 24th Energetic Particle Physics TG Meeting
    12 Oct - 16 Oct, 2020
  • 38th Diagnostics TG Meeting
    12 Oct - 15 Oct, 2020
  • 29th Scrape-Off Layer & Divertor TG meeting
    12 Oct - 22 Oct, 2020
  • 25th Integrated Operation Scenario TG Meeting
    12 Oct - 20 Oct, 2020
  • 36th MHD Disruptions and Control TG Meeting
    19 Oct - 22 Oct, 2020
  • 37th Pedestal & Edge Physics TG Meeting
    19 Oct - 23 Oct, 2020
  • 25th Transport & Confinement TG Meeting
    20 Oct - 23 Oct, 2020

The general scope of the ITPA Energetic Particle Physics Topical Group is to tackle the qualitatively new physics element of ITER: dominant alpha particle heating. The group shall provide the experimental basis and the theoretical knowledge to give recommendation for both the conventional and advanced scenarios in ITER in the areas of: energetic particle driven instabilities (Alfvén waves and energetic particle modes) and their consequences for plasma heating and the first wall material; effects of non-axisymmetric magnetic fields such as field ripple, error/perturbation fields; interaction of fast ions with background magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) behaviour; neutral beam injection heating and current drive; and  runaway electrons. These activities will be coordinated with other Topical Groups where interests overlap. ITER itself will not mark the last stage in the development of fusion heating, and a comprehensive ab-initio understanding of fast particle effects on this device will be a necessary prerequisite for bridging the gap to DEMO.  The group shall therefore co-ordinate collaborative research activities in existing experimental devices, but in particular also encourage a close collaboration between theory and experiment. In addition, the group shall identify the diagnostic requirements for ITER, needed to extrapolate towards reactor relevant conditions (Q > 50). Publications and presentations on the activities of the group to fusion journals and international conferences will be promoted.


The Energetic Particle Physics Topical Group, on the basis of experimental and theoretical studies, shall provide input in the field of the following main subjects:

  • Destabilisation of Alfvén waves and Energetic Particle Modes (EPMs):
    • Measurements of damping rates of Alfvén waves (together with reliable mode identification: eigenfunction, frequency, etc.) and comparison with theory
    • Investigation of the drive of different kinds of Alfvén waves (toroidal, beta-induced, reversed shear, ...) and EPMs depending on the fast ion distribution function (energy and pitch angle)
    • Measurements of the influence of fast particle driven instabilities on the fast ion distribution function, expulsion of fast ions, comparison between experiments and state of the art non-linear theory/codes
    • Definition of benchmark test cases for fast particle stability codes
    • Development of relevant diagnostics, recommendations for ITER diagnostics
    • Prediction of the role of fast particle driven modes in ITER conventional and steady state scenarios, including the power load on the first wall caused by the fast particle loss and recommendations for operation
  • Effect of non-axisymmetric magnetic fields:
    • Comparison between theoretical predictions and measurements of fast ion losses caused by magnetic field ripple and error fields in present devices
    • Prediction of the power loads to the first ITER wall caused by error fields, ferritic inserts, test blanket modules and perturbation fields, i.e. by Edge Localized Mode (ELM) mitigation coils
  • Interaction of fast ions with background MHD:
    • Investigation of the interaction between background MHD activity and fast particle confinement in present day devices and comparison with theory
    • Prediction of the influence of Neoclassical tearing Modes (NTMs) and possible synergistic effects with field ripple/error fields on fast particle confinement in ITER
    • Influence of fast ions on sawtooth stability, development of control tools for ITER
  • Neutral Beam Injection (NBI) heating and current drive:
    • Investigation of the localisation of NBI heating and current drive
    • Prediction of the role of NBI current drive on current profile control in ITER


Hole Matthew


Cai Huisan
Chen Wei
Chen Zhongyong
Xu Ming
Zhang Wenlu


Cappa Alvaro
Dumont Remi
García-Muñoz Manuel
Kiptily Vasili
Lauber Philipp
Salewski Mirko (Dep. Chair)
Sharapov Sergei
Snicker Antti


Ganesh Rajaraman
Palle Prahlad Vatti
Singh Mahendrajit


Bierwage Andreas
Murakami Sadayoshi
Nagaoka Kenichi
Osakabe Masaki
Shinohara Kouji
Todo Yasushi
Yamamoto Satoshi


Kim Junghee (Contact)
Kim Kimin
Rhee Tong-nyeol
Ryu Chang-Mo
You Kwang-Il


Konovalov Sergey
Medvedev Sergei
Melnikov Alexander
Patrov Mikhail
Zaitsev Fedor


Breizman Boris
Fredrickson Eric
Gorelenkov Nikolai
Heidbrink Bill
Podesta Mario
Spong Don (Chair)
Van Zeeland Michael


Pinches Simon (ITER Dep. Chair)
  • Asunta Otto (EU)
  • Bakharev Nikolay (RF)
  • Baranov Yuriy (EU)
  • Borba Duarte (EU)
  • Cecconello Marco (EU)
  • Dvornova Anastasia (EU)
  • Fasoli Ambrogio (EU)
  • Gin Dmitry (RF)
  • Hou Yawei (CN)
  • Huang Juan (CN)
  • Isaev Maxim (RF)
  • Jaulmes Fabien (EU)
  • Li Guoqiang (CN)
  • Nocente Massimo (EU)
  • Orsitto Francesco (EU)
  • Sen Abhijit (IN)
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  • Singh Mahendrajit (IO)
  • Turnianskyi Mikhail (EU)
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  • Nabais Fernando (EU)
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  • Schneider Mireille (IO)
  • Shishkin Alexei (RF)
  • Tani Keiji (JA)
  • Viezzer Eleonora (EU)
  • Vlad Gregorio (EU)
  • von Hellermann Manfred (EU)
  • Wang Hao (JA)
  • Ward Samuel (EU)
  • Wukitch Steve (US)
  • Zarzoso David (EU)
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  • Cecil Ed (US)
  • Chakraborty Arun (IN)
  • Chapman Ian (EU)
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  • Guoyong Fu (US)
  • Hayward-Schneider Thomas (EU)
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  • Peng Xiaodong (CN)
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  • Ren Haijun (CN)
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  • Beatrix Schunke (IO)
  • Biancalani Alessandro (EU)
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  • Lu Zhixin (EU)
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  • Oikawa Toshihiro (JA)
  • Praveenlal E. V. (IN)
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  • Shevelev Alexander (RF)
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  • Veshchev Evgeny (IO)