UKAEA Journals

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2021
UKAEA-CCFE-PR(21)58

This paper presents recent progress on the studies of neoclassical tearing modes (NTMs) on TCV, concerning the new physics learned and how this physics contributes to a better real-time (RT) control of NTMs. A simple technique that adds a small (sinusoidal) sweeping to the target electron cyclotron (EC) beam deposition location has proven effective…

Preprint
2018
UKAEA-CCFE-PR(20)129

Typically applied to non-linear simulations of MHD instabilities relevant to magnetically confined fusion, the JOREK code was originally developed with a 2D grid composed of isoparametric bi-cubic Bezier finite elements, that are aligned to the magnetic equilibrium of tokamak plasmas. To improve the applicability of these simulations, the grid-gene…

Preprint Published
2019
UKAEA-CCFE-PR(19)67

Analysis of the L-H and H-L transition power thresholds (Pth) and pedestal parameters are presented for the Mega Ampere Spherical Tokamak (MAST). The dependencies of Pth on the average, core plasma electron density, X-point height and plasma current are described. Increasing X-point distance from the divertor floor over 10-12 cm, is found to inc…

Preprint Published
2019
UKAEA-CCFE-PR(19)28

We study the amplitude modulation of the radial electric field constructed from the  Langmuir probe plasma potential measurements at the edge of MAST. The Empirical Mode Decomposition technique is applied, which allows us to construct fluctuations on temporal scales of plasma turbulence, the Geodesic Acoustic Mode and these associated with the res…

Preprint Published
2019
UKAEA-CCFE-PR(19)16

The STORM module of BOUT++ [L. Easy et al., Phys. Plasmas 21, 122515 (2014)] is generalized to simulate plasma turbulence at the periphery of tokamak devices in diverted configuration and it is used to carry out three-dimensional nonlinear flux-driven simulations in double null configuration with realistic experimental par…

Preprint Published
2018
UKAEA-CCFE-PR(18)40

Experimental evidence is presented of a discrepancy between the predicted and measured D-D fusion products rates on MAST. Both the neutron and proton production rates, measured independently with a neutron camera and charged fusion product detector array, are approximately 40 % lower than those predicted by TRANSP/NUBEAM codes. This deficit is scen…

Preprint Published
2018
UKAEA-CCFE-PR(18)6

Velocity-space tomography provides a way of diagnosing fast ions in a fusion plasma by combining measurements from multiple instruments. We use a toroidally viewing and a vertically viewing fast-ion D-alpha (FIDA) diagnostic installed on the spherical tokamak MAST (before the upgrade) to perform velocity-space tomography of the fast-ion distributio…

Preprint Published
2017
CCFE-PR(17)65

Using high speed imaging of the divertor volume, the region close to the X-point in MAST is shown to be quiescent. This is confirmed by three different analysis techniques and the quiescent X-point region (QXR) spans from the separatrix to the N = 1.02 flux surface. Local reductions to the atomic density and effects associated with the camera vie…

Preprint Published
2017
CCFE-PR(17)63

Experiments have been carried out on the MAST and JET tokamaks intended to compare the electrical resistivity of the plasma with theoretical formulations. The tests consist of obtaining motional stark effect (MSE) measurements in MHD-free plasmas during plasma current ramp-up (JET and MAST), ramp-down (MAST) and in stationary state (JET and MAST). …

Preprint Published
2017
CCFE-PR(17)60

Reciprocating Mach probe data is used to estimate the radial wave number of oscillatory zonal flows in Ohmic MAST plasma. An intermittent 10kHz mode is detected in the wavelet decomposition and windowed spectra of plasma potential fluctuations of the MAST tokamak edge plasma. Previously, this mode has been identified as a Geodesic Acoustic Mode (GA…

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