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Title: Synthetic Diagnostics Platform for Fusion Plasma and a Two-Dimensional Synthetic Electron Cyclotron Emission Imaging Code
Authors: Shi, Lei
Advisors: Tang, William M
Contributors: Plasma Physics Department
Keywords: electron cyclotron emission
magnetic confinement fusion
synthetic diagnostics
verification and validation
Subjects: Plasma physics
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: Magnetic confinement fusion is one of the most promising approaches to achieve fusion energy. With the rapid increase of the computational power over the past decades, numerical simulation have become an important tool to study the fusion plasmas. Eventually, the numerical models will be used to predict the performance of future devices, such as the International Thermonuclear Experiment Reactor (ITER) or DEMO. However, the reliability of these models needs to be carefully validated against experiments before the results can be trusted. The validation between simulations and measurements is hard particularly because the quantities directly available from both sides are different. While the simulations have the information of the plasma quantities calculated explicitly, the measurements are usually in forms of diagnostic signals. The traditional way of making the comparison relies on the diagnosticians to interpret the measured signals as plasma quantities. The interpretation is in general very complicated and sometimes not even unique. In contrast, given the plasma quantities from the plasma simulations, we can unambiguously calculate the generation and propagation of the diagnostic signals. These calculations are called synthetic diagnostics, and they enable an alternate way to compare the simulation results with the measurements. In this dissertation, we present a platform for developing and applying synthetic diagnostic codes. Three diagnostics on the platform are introduced. The reflectometry and beam emission spectroscopy diagnostics measure the electron density, and the electron cyclotron emission diagnostic measures the electron temperature. The theoretical derivation and numerical implementation of a new two dimensional Electron cyclotron Emission Imaging code is discussed in detail. This new code has shown the potential to address many challenging aspects of the present ECE measurements, such as runaway electron effects, and detection of the cross phase between the electron temperature and density fluctuations.
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Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
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