FAST DETERMINATION OF PLASMA PARAMETERS THROUGH FUNCTION PARAMETRIZATION
The method of function parametrization, developed by H. Wind for fast data evaluation in high energy physics, is demonstrated in the context of controlled fusion research. This method relies on a statistical analysis of a large database of simulated experiments in order to obtain a functional representation for intrinsic physical parameters of a system in terms of the values of the measurements. Rapid determination of characteristic equilibrium parameters of a tokamak discharge is shown to be a particularly indicated application. The method is employed on the ASDEX experiment to determine the following parameters of the plasma: position of the magnetic axis, geometric centre, and current centre; minor radius, elongation, and area of the plasma column; a normalized safety factor at the plasma boundary; the Shafranov parameter beta-p + l-i/2; the flux difference between the plasma boundary and an external reference value; the position of the lower and upper saddle points, and the intersections of the separatrix with the four divertor plates. The relevant measurements consist of three differential poloidal flux measurements, four poloidal field measurements, the current through the multipole shaping coils, and the total plasma current. Function parametrization supplies a very accurate interpretation of these data, which is now used for on-line data analysis, and which is also sufficiently fast to be suitable for real time control of the plasma.
Bibliographic Reference: NUCLEAR FUSION, VOL. 26 (1986), NO. 6, PP. 699-708
Record Number: 1989125048500 / Last updated on: 1987-07-01
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