A group lead by Prof Patrick Diamond was recently awarded a 5 year, $2million per year grant to establish a Fusion Theory Institute at the National Fusion Research Institute (NFRI) in Daejeon, Korea. Diamond will become Director of the new Institute,which is located nearby the new, superconducting KSTAR tokamak, one of the two most advanced magnetic confinement experimental facilities in the world.
The new institute will focus on problems in plasma turbulence,transport
and confinement optimization. While close collaboration with the KSTAR
program is anticipated,the institute will be interdisciplinary and will also address problems in nonlinear dynamics and plasma
astrophysics. Diamond will spend a significant amount of time in
Daejeon,and plans to build strong collaborations between NFRI and UCSD, especially with the new DOE Center for Momentum Transport and Flow
Organization (CMTFO) that Prof George Tynan (MAE) and he lead.
The new institute was awarded as an outcome of a competition involving
all areas of science and technology under the auspices of Korea's WCI Program.