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For the first time, a digital Mirror Langmuir probe (MLP) has successfully sampled plasma temperature, ion saturation current, and floating potential together on a single probe tip in real time in a radio-frequency driven helicon linear plasma device. This is accomplished by feedback control of the bias sweep to ensure a good fit to I-V charact…


High bandwidth, high spatial resolution measurements of electron temperature, density and plasma potential are valuable for resolving turbulence in the boundary plasma of tokamaks. While conventional Langmuir probes can provide such measurements either their temporal or spatial resolution is limited: the former by the sweep rate necessary for obtai…

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Sawtooth control using steerable electron cyclotron current drive (ECCD) has been demonstrated in ASDEX Upgrade plasmas with a significant population of energetic ions in the plasma core and long uncontrolled sawtooth periods. The sawtooth period is found to be minimised when the ECCD resonance is swept to just inside the q = 1 surface. By utilisin…


The Integrated tokamak modelling taskforce was set up to provide the European scientific community with simulation tools for preparing and analysing discharges of fusion experiments. We will report on recent progress made on the taskforce project on equilibrium and linear stability. A generic data structure has been devised to describe the geometry…


The mechanism of four nonlinearly interacting drift or Rossby waves is used as the basic process underlying the turbulent evolution of both the Charney-Hasegawa-Mima-equation CHME and its generalized modification GCHME. Hasegawa and Kodama’s concept of equivalent action or quanta is applied to the four-wave system and shown to control the distrib…


The generalized Charney-Hasegawa-Mima equation is unstable to a four wave modulational instability whereby a coherent, monochromatic drift wave can drive a band of modes and associated zonal flows unstable. Although initially the fastest growing modes dominate, a secondary nonlinear instability later drives the longest wavelength zonal flow and its…


The linear and nonlinear dynamics of zonal flows and their interactions with drift wave turbulence is considered in the simple but illuminating generalized Charney–Hasegawa–Mima model due to Smolyakov et al. [Phys. Plasmas 7 , 1349 (2000)]. Two positive definite, exact, integral invariants associated with the full generalized Charney–Hasegawa…