Our group is focused on the theoretical and computational studies of fusion and magnetosphere plasmas. The main topics of our research are gyrokinetic theory and applications and nonlinear plasma phenomena. This includes gyrokinetic particle-in-cell simulations of drift-wave instabilities; momentum transport, zonal flow dynamics; drift-Alfven turbulence theory; kinetic description of MHD modes, such as TAE, EPM etc.
The group participates in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program (GPS, GSEP and CPES projects) via the flagship fusion code GTC. The significant part of our research activity is related to the ITER project.
GTC is one of the two plasma physics simulation codes in the Center for Accelerated Application Readiness (CAAR) program of Oak Ridge National Laboratory which aims to update simulation codes to be GPU optimized for the next generation supercomputer cluster, Summit.
In addition, the GTC group also has significant research collaboration with Tri Alpha Energy in researching microturbulence and transport in field-reversed configurations.