Realtime Control of an Experimental Fusion Reactor
on May 15, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dr. Michael L. Walker
The DIII-D tokamak in San Diego is one of several experimental fusion devices around the world. These experimental devices are operated in order to develop the physics understanding and engineering technology necessary for the eventual construction of power plants based on fusion energy. As the fundamental understanding of fusion plasma physics improves, an increasing number of the remaining problems require real time control as part of their solutions. This talk will provide an overview of fusion science and tokamak operation and will describe several of the challenging control problems remaining to be solved. A tour of the DIII-D tokamak is included in the program.
Mike Walker has been a member of the technical staff in the Fusion Division of General Atomics for over 20 years. His primary responsibilities are in development and maintenance of plasma control systems for the DIII-D tokamak. He also provides support of tokamak and physics experimental operations and support of other projects involving control, modeling and simulation, communications, and signal processing. Mike received a B.S.Ed. in Mathematics and Physical Science from Mayville State College in 1979, an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of North Dakota in 1981, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California San Diego in 1992.
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