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Development of robust and multi-mode control of tearing in DIII-D

Author(s): Welander, AS; La Haye, RJ; Humphreys, DA; Kolemen, Egemen; Volpe, F

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Abstract: © 2015 IEEE. Neoclassical tearing modes (NTMs) are instabilities that can produce undesirable magnetic islands in tokamak plasmas. They can be stabilized by applying electron cyclotron current drive (ECCD) at the island. The NTM control system on DIII-D can now control multiple modes. Each of 6 mirrors that reflect ECCD beams into the plasma can be assigned to different surfaces in the plasma where NTMs are unstable. The control system then steers the mirrors to keep the beams aimed at the surfaces. The system routinely stabilizes one NTM preemptively and has now also been used to control two modes in the same discharge.
Publication Date: 31-May-2016
Citation: Welander, AS, La Haye, RJ, Humphreys, DA, Kolemen, E, Volpe, F. (2016). Development of robust and multi-mode control of tearing in DIII-D. Proceedings - Symposium on Fusion Engineering, 2016-May (10.1109/SOFE.2015.7482268
DOI: doi:10.1109/SOFE.2015.7482268
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Proceedings - Symposium on Fusion Engineering
Version: Author's manuscript

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