Date/Time*/Room: Friday (3/30/2001) at 2:00 pm in 487 Pickard Hall

Speaker: Xianzhu Tang, Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University

``Numerical macro-modeling of fusion plasmas ''

Abstract: Confining a fusion-grade plasma (10^9k) with toroidal magnetic field for controlled fusion is a promising solution for future energy requirement. The challenge is typical of non-equilibrium statistical physics, where free energy in the system could drive large scale instabilities. I will describe the issues with both the physics modeling and the numerical implmentation of these models. The role of computational mathematics (numerical algorithm, parallel computing, adapative grids, etc) in our effort will be emphasized.

*Refreshments are served at 1:30 pm in 487 Pickard Hall.