Single-stage gradient-based stellarator coil design: Stochastic optimization

Florian Wechsung, Andrew Giuliani, Matt Landreman, Antoine Cerfon, Georg Stadler

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We extend the single-stage stellarator coil design approach for quasi-symmetry on axis from (Giuliani et al 2020) to additionally take into account coil manufacturing errors. By modeling coil errors independently from the coil discretization, we have the flexibility to consider realistic forms of coil errors. The corresponding stochastic optimization problems are formulated using a risk-neutral approach and risk-averse approaches. We present an efficient, gradient-based descent algorithm which relies on analytical derivatives to solve these problems. In a comprehensive numerical study, we compare the coil designs resulting from deterministic and risk-neutral stochastic optimization and find that the risk-neutral formulation results in more robust configurations and reduces the number of local minima of the optimization problem. We also compare deterministic and risk-neutral approaches in terms of quasi-symmetry on and away from the magnetic axis, and in terms of the confinement of particles released close to the axis. Finally, we show that for the optimization problems we consider, a risk-averse objective using the conditional value-at-risk leads to results which are similar to the risk-neutral objective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number076034
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2022


  • coil optimization
  • optimization for quasi-symmetry
  • risk-averse optimization
  • stellarator
  • stochastic optimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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