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A wide range of issues are discussed related to the control of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) plasmas. Although operation of the ITER project will require extensive developmental work to achieve the degree of control required, there is not indication that any of the identified problems will present overwhelming difficulties compared with the operation of present tokamaks. However, the precision of control required and the degree of automation of the final ITER plasma control system will present a challenge which is somewhat greater than for present tokamaks. In order to operate ITER optimally, integrated use of a large amount of diagnostic information will be necessary, evaluated and interpreted automatically. This will challenge both the diagnostics themselves and their supporting interpretation codes. The intervening years will provide us with the opportunity to implement and evaluate most of the new features required for ITER on existing tokamaks, with the exception of the control of an ignited plasma.

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Authors: LISTER J, Centre de Recherches en Physique des Plasmas, Association EURATOM � Confédération Suisse, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (CH)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Diagnostics for Experimental Thermonuclear Fusion Reactors, Vol. 2 (1998), pp. 83-92
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