Visualization of Magnetically Confined Toroidal Plasmas
Donald A. Spong, Steve Hirshman, Jim Lyon, Don Batchelor, Lee Berry, Raul Sanchez, Andrew Ware, and John Whitson, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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The configurational design optimization and physics analysis of magnetically confined plasmas in magnetic fusion research rely heavily on high performance computing and simulation. Scientific visualization techniques are an important tool in this effort as they provide a necessary ergonomic link between the numerical results and the intuition of the human researcher. We have developed a variety of visualization methods for displaying three-dimensional optimized stellarator configurations and for visualizing the complex structures which are generated in plasma instability simulations.