Antoine Baillod is a graduate student at the Swiss Plasma Center in Lausanne, Switzerland. Under the supervision of J. P. Graves and J. Loizu, his research focuses on the robustness of 3D magnetic equilibria to toroidal current fluctuations. In practice, the Stepped Pressure Equilibrium Code (SPEC) is being used and its capabilities extended to carry out these investigations. For example, the possibility to compute MRxMHD equilibria at fixed toroidal current profiles is an important milestone and the Simons stellarator optimization efforts will benefit from this advancement.
Swiss Plasma Centre (SPC), École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland