The DIII-D Research Program's mission is to optimize the tokamak approach to fusion energy production. Located in San Diego and in operation since 1986, the DIII-D National Fusion facility is the largest magnetic fusion research experiment in the United States.

Operated by General Atomics for the U.S. Department of Energy, DIII-D is an international program with 90 participating institutions; the Center for Energy Research is the largest University collaborator on this project. Our research focuses on understanding the flow of heat, particles, and momentum across the confining magnetic field to the tokamak wall.


Principal Investigators: Jose Boedo, Eric Hollman, Rick Moyer, George Tynan 


Program Accomplishments

  • DIII-DFirst high temporal and spatial resolution characterization of ELMs in the DIII-D boundary (2003)
  • Realization that Intermittency is a major player in the boundary/SOL plasma transport (2000-2003)
  • Measurements and characterization of turbulent convective and conductive heat flux in the DIII-D boundary (2000-2003)
  • First measurements of Te fluctuations with 400 kHz resolution (2000)
  • Discovery of strong radial electric fields that produce a large ExB flow along the private region/SOL boundary (1999)
  • Discovery of flow reversal at the divertor strike point in high density conditions (1999)
  • Discovery of Mach=1 flows in the dettached divertor which maximize particle and heat transport to the divertor volume (1997-1999)
  • First measurements and characterization of the energy cascading in the L-H mode transition (2000)
  • First detailed characterization of the L-H transition and connection to the edge Er field (1995)