Integrated Modeling

The mathematical modeling of complex physics issues is an important aspect of tokamak fusion research that contributes in an essential way to the interpretation and planning of experiments, validation of theory against experimental results, development of plasma control techniques, and the design of next step devices such as ITER.

Another critical component of tokamak fusion research, particularly in the DIII-D program, is the simultaneous optimization of various physics elements toward advanced tokamak operation. Thus Integrated Modeling necessarily involves the self-consistent integration of various physics elements from different topical science areas, such as transport, macroscopic equilibrium and stability, and heating and current drive.