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PhD Studentship in Mathematics or Interdisciplinary Mathematics: Nonlinear Dynamics for Stellarator Design

University of Warwick

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Coventry
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 5th September 2018
Expires: 5th December 2018
 

28 September 2018 – 31 August 2022

We seek a highly motivated and intelligent student with training in dynamical systems theory, especially Hamiltonian dynamics, for a PhD project in stellarator design.

The project is to explore the possibilities to make magnetic confinement devices for plasma with integrable or nearly integrable guiding-centre dynamics (to maximise the confinement) and no or small toroidal current (to minimise the need for current drive and associated instabilities), called stellarators.  The latter condition requires significant deviation from axisymmetry, which is otherwise the straightforward way of achieving the former and is the principle of the tokamak.  Integrability is guaranteed, however, for a generalisation called quasisymmetry.  The questions are to what extent quasisymmetry can be realised by magnetohydrodynamic equilibria and how small the toroidal current can be made.

The studentship is funded by a maintenance grant from the Simons Foundation under an international collaboration on “Hidden symmetries and fusion energy” at the standard EPSRC rate and fees paid by the Mathematics department for an EU citizen (with possibility to negotiate for fees for a strong non-EU citizen).  The Simons Foundation grant will also pay for the student to participate in collaboration meetings in the USA.

Interested applicants are invited to contact R.S.MacKay@warwick.ac.uk and to apply for PhD in Mathematics or Interdisciplinary Mathematics (according to which you think would suit you best), via https://warwick.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/ , specifying that you want to be considered for the Nonlinear Dynamics for Stellarator Design studentship with R.S.MacKay.

   
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