Real time control of plasmas and ECRH systems on TCV

J.I. Paley, F. Felici, J. Berrino, S. Coda, N. Cruz, B.P. Duval, T.P. Goodman, Y. Martin, J.-M. Moret, F. Piras, A.P. Rodrigues, B. Santos, C.A.F. Varandas

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Developments in the real time control hardware on TCV paired with the flexibility of plasma shaping and ECRH actuators are opening many opportunities to perform real time experiments and develop algorithms and methods for fusion applications. The ability to control MHD instabilities is particularly important for achieving high performance fusion plasmas and EC is envisaged as a key actuator in maintaining high performance. We have successfully demonstrated control of the sawtooth instability using the EC launcher injection angle to modify the current profile around the q=1 surface. This paper presents an overview of recent real time control experiments on TCV, developments in the hardware and algorithms together with plans for the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd IAEA Fusion Energy Conference, 13-18 October 2008, Geneva, Switzerland
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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