UKAEA Journals

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2018
UKAEA-CCFE-PR(18)45

In magnetic fusion devices, unwanted non-axisymmetric magnetic eld perturbations, known as error fields (EF), can have detrimental effects on plasma stability and confinement. To minimize their impact on plasma performances and on the available operational space, it is important to identify the EF sources and develop EF control strategies. MAST Up…

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2014

A single chord two-color CO2/HeNe (10.6/0.633 µm) heterodyne laser interferometer has been designed to measure the line integral electron density along the mid-plane of the MAST Upgrade tokamak, with a typical error of 1 × 1018 m-3 (~2 phase error) at 4 MHz temporal resolution. To ensure this diagnostic system can be restored from any failures wi…

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2014

The misalignment of field coils in tokamaks can lead to toroidal asymmetries in the magnetic field, which are known as intrinsic error fields. These error fields often lead to the formation of locked modes in the plasma, which limit the lowest density that is achievable. The intrinsic error fields on MAST have been determined by the direct measurem…

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2014

When resonant magnetic perturbations are applied in MAST, the plasma edge boundary experiences a three dimensional distortion, which can be a few percent of the minor radius in amplitude, in good agreement with ideal 3d equilibrium modelling. This displacement occurs in plasmas both with radial position feedback control applied, and without feedbac…

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2014

A plasma vertical control system able to control high elongation (∼2.5) plasmas at moderate internalinductance (∼0.9) is analysed, including both active and passive components in a closed loop system.The analysis is based on the RZIp rigid plasma model and this is extensively validated using present dayMAST discharges, especially at the limits …

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2013

A potentially important feature in a divertor design for a high-power tokamak is an extended and expanded divertor leg. The upgrade to MAST will allow a wide range of such divertor leg geometries to be produced, and hence will allow the roles of greatly increased connection length and flux expansion to be experimentally tested. This will include te…

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2012

Lower hybrid current drive (LHCD) with modest powers ( 10% of the total power input) has been used for the first time to completely stabilize performance limiting neoclassical tearing modes in many COMPASS-D tokamak discharges. The stabilizing effect in these experiments is consistent with a reduction in the free energy available in the current pro…

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2012

Shallow fuelling pellets are injected from the high field side into plasmas in which ELMs have been mitigated using external magnetic perturbation coils. The data are compared with ideal assumptions in the ITER fuelling model, namely that mitigated ELMs are not affected by fuelling pellets. Firstly it is shown that during the pellet evaporation an …

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2011

Data from forced Vertical Displacement Event (VDE) experiments in the Mega Ampere Spherical Tokamak (MAST) indicate that the plasma is highly destabilised above z displacements of 0.4m. Previous work investigating the plasma response to vertical plasma perturbations in MAST had found it to be more non-linear than an equivalent conventionally-shaped…

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