Euroatom FP7

The ADAS-EU Training Course 26–30 March 2012

Guidance on ADAS, atomic calculations and their application to fusion plasmas

Consorzio RFX, Padua, Italy

RFX from the air


This is an intensive, tailored course for those requiring comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the ADAS Atomic Data and Analysis Structure, atomic calculations associated with it and guidance on their embedding in fusion application. It is assumed that participants on the course are engaged in fusion plasma analysis, diagnostics or models and are probably already at work on applications where ADAS atomic data and modelling inputs might be appropriate. The course, as well as providing lectures and guided tuition, will allow the course tutors and other participants to assist in some of these participant inspired applications. By the end of the course, it is hoped participants will be will be able to act in an advisory capacity on ADAS at their home laboratories.

Eligibility and numbers

The course is open to researchers in the area of magnetic confinement fusion at associated laboratories of the European Fusion Programme (EURATOM) or at European Universities. Participants may also be nominated by any institution, world-wide, which is a member of the ADAS Project. The maximum number of participants is ten, with three places reserved for the hosting institution (Consorzio RFX). Preference will be given to persons who can attend the full course. There is no other participant selection process. Applications received after the lists are filled will be reserved in order of receipt, in case places are freed in either of the first two categories.

Time and place for the course

The course will take place at Consorzio RFX located in Padua, Italy. It will commence at 9.00 on Monday 26 March and finish at 15.00 on Friday 30 March. It is expected that participants will attend for the full duration of the course. Each day will have a number of lectures and hands-on tutorial sessions. Round table discussions on participants interests are a key feature of ADAS-EU training courses.

Accommodation and travel

Details on how to travel to RFX are here.

The closest airport is Marco Polo, Venice (VCE). There are two ways to travel from the airport to Padua:

  • The AirService pooled taxi service. The one-way cost is €30/person for transfer direct to your hotel in 30 minutes. However it must be booked in advance via their website.
  • There is a regular SITA coach which costs €8 and takes 40 minute and terminates at the city train station which is a 15–20 minute walk to the hotels. Tickets can be purchased from the ATVO desk at the airport. Buses run once per hour and the last bus on Sunday is at 21:40.

There is hotel accommodation either close by the laboratory or in nearby Padua. The latter is more pleasant and we recommend that you stay here so that we can meet up in the evenings. Two hotels are recommended:

which are mid-price downtown hotels. Most of the ADAS tutors will be staying at the Hotel Giotto but Hotel Igea is just 200m away.

Unfortunately Consorzio RFX is located in a fairly anonymous industrial area but it is well served by the number 7 bus which has a stop very close to the hotels. The cost of a single journey is €1.20.


There is no charge for the ADAS-EU course. Participants in the course will be able to use the cafeteria and restaurant facilities of the laboratory.


The course will be delivered by ADAS-EU personnel: Prof. H. P. Summers, Dr. M.G. O'Mullane, Dr. Fran Guzmán, Dr. Luis Menchero and Dr. Alessandra Giunta.

Course outline

The course is divided into five parts:

  • Day 1: Basic and intermediate ADAS use
  • Day 2: Population dynamics and ionisation state
  • Day 3: Charge exchange and beam studies
  • Day 4: Embedding ADAS codes and data into models
  • Day 5: Fundamental data and course review

Each ADAS-EU training course has a theme — for this course there will be an emphasis on the atomic physics and modelling tools of charge exchange based diagnostics.

In addition to formal lectures there are hands-on tutorial sessions with exercise sheets and worked examples. Each day there will be a session dedicated to each participant's area of interest. Around 30 minutes will be available for the participant to introduce and summarise his/her area. The follow-up discussion will engage all participants and tutors. It is planned that a person with ADAS experience suited to each participant's special topic will be identified to help in alignment of ADAS capabilities with the participant's topic. The course will have time slots available for the particapant and tutor to work on these areas.


The ADAS-EU course is organized by the University of Strathclyde with the support of Consorzio RFX. Correspondence and general organization queries will be handled by:

Francisco Guzmán
CEA – Cadarache
b. 508/127
13108 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance
francisco.guzman -at-

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