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2004

The Mega Amp Spherical Torus ( MAST ) diagnostic needs are strongly influenced by physics goals that often require diagnostic integration and cross-mapping, especially in fine-scale investigations, such as transport barriers. Conversely, the unrivalled viewing access to the edge, scrape-off layer ( SOL ) and divertor regions, provided by the MAST o…

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2004

A curved crystal spectrometer in Johann configuration has been implemented on MAST to obtain values for electron temperature, ion temperature and toroidal velocity. The spectrometer is used to examine medium Z impurities in the soft x-ray region by utilising a Silicon ( 111 ) crystal, bent using a 4 pin bending jig, and a CCD detector sD t =8 ms d …

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2004

Operating a microchannel plate ( MCP ) in saturated mode provides a simple photon and particle counting detector. However, there is a finite recovery time after individual events during which individual microchannels no longer respond, reducing the overall sensitivity. At continuous high flux levels, the corrections from measured to true flux becom…

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2002

Spontaneous acceleration of ions to suprathermal energies is observed during magnetic reconnection in the Mega-Ampere Spherical Tokamak (MAST). A high-energy tail is observed in the iondistribution function following each internal reconnection event in Ohmic discharges. This phenomenon is explained in terms of runaway ion acceleration in the electr…

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2000

H -mode operation has been achieved in high current I p . 200 kA plasmas in the START spherical tokamak for both neutral-beam-injection-heated and Ohmic discharges. The transition to H mode features the development of well-defined edge pedestals in density and temperature, which signifies the formation of an edge-transport barrier, and associated e…

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1999

A 20-chord Doppler spectrometer is used on the START spherical tokamak to record charge-exchange recombination (CXR) spectra. ‘‘Passive’’ radiation, mostly from near the plasma edge, is also present, and comes from electron-impact excitation of C5+ as well as C6+ CXR due to thermal neutrals. The relatively wide neutral beam, together with t…

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