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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…

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2021
UKAEA-CCFE-PR(21)23

The work reported in this paper has already been presented internally by placement student Jacob Young at a MAST Physics and Technology meeting on December 17 2020. Therefore it does not require a paper review presentation. Please also note that the paper is proposed for inclusion in a special issue of Plasma Research Express linked to the recent I…

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2021
UKAEA-CCFE-PR(21)05

The weight function W(X) is a diagnostic sensitivity to phase-space variables X that relates the measured signal C to the distribution function F(X) through the equation C = ∫ W(X)F(X)dX. In the present work, an algorithm to calculate W for a diagnostic that measures 3 MeV protons produced in d(d,p)t  fusion reactions between a fast ion and a…

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2021
UKAEA-CCFE-PR(21)04

In preparation for the upcoming MAST-U campaign, pedestal stability of spherical tokamaks is revisited by investigating standard H-mode discharges on MAST. As a step beyond previous studies, both ion and electron profiles are used for obtaining equilibria and a diverse set of pedestals is evaluated. Stability analysis with the ELITE and CGYRO co…

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2020
UKAEA-CCFE-PR(20)117

A discrepancy between predicted and measured neutron rates on MAST using TRANSP/NUBEAM was observed. Further causes of this discrepancy are here studied by means of TRANSP/NUBEAM and ASCOT/BBNBI simulations. Gyro-Orbit simulations resulted in an approximately 20 % reduction of the fast ion density compare to the Guiding Center with TRANSP/NUBEAM…

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2020
UKAEA-CCFE-PR(20)88

The efficient confinement of fast ions is crucial to the development of a fusion power plant. Sawtooth crashes are a manifestation of an internal kink instability, which can severely degrade this confinement. The effect of these on a fast ion population can be investigated using fast-ion deuterium-alpha (FIDA) spectroscopy, where charge exchange…

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2020
UKAEA-CCFE-PR(20)65

A novel approach using Bayesian inference has been implemented to interpret the filamentary dynamics measured by a Langmuir probe fixed to a reciprocating assembly on MAST. The model describes the system as a superposition of time-displaced filaments and a fixed background component. Each filament is parameterised in terms of a characteristic rise …

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2019
UKAEA-CCFE-PR(20)67

Disruption prediction and avoidance is a critical need for next-step tokamaks such as ITER. The Disruption Event Characterization and Forecasting Code (DECAF) is used to fully automate analysis of tokamak data to determine chains of events that lead to disruptions and to forecast their evolution allowing sufficient time for mitigation or full av…

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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…

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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…

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