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Radiofrequency waves launched from a helicon antenna produce high density plasma for materials studies in the MAGPIE devices. The dispersion of will be investigated experimentally, and compared with theory and simulations. Outcomes could include optimisation of the plasma density generated or ideas for improved antenna designs.
Turbulence is known to affect the plasma in toroidal magnetic confinement devices for fusion, and linear magnetic devices. This project involves the use of langmuir probes on both the H-1 and MAGPIE devices for evaluating the total and fluctuation-induced particle flux and address fundamental physics of turbulence in these devices.
Datamining techniques extract information from H-1 and other devices, essential to understanding instabilities that threaten the viability of fusion as the ultimate clean energy source.
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