Laboratory study of magnetic reconnection/ self-organization and their applications to fusion plasmas.
We started the first merging-type laboratory experiment of magnetic reconnection and
have been promoting the interdisciplinary studies of magnetic reconnection,
by organizing a series of international collaborating programs: CMSO of JSPS/NSF etc.
and interdisciplinary workshops: MR, IPELS etc.
For fusion applications, we have developed the reconnection heating techniques,
including merging formations of ultra-high beta spherical tokamak and Field-Reversed Configuration (FRC).