Dr Boyd Blackwell

Dr Boyd Blackwell
Emeritus Fellow
Plasma Research Laboratory
Office phone
Oliphant 4 23

Radiofrequency wave propagation and heating in the MAGPIE plasma-materials interaction devices.

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.

Dr Boyd Blackwell, Dr Cormac Corr, Dr Clive Michael

Turbulence and Particle transport in linear and toroidal magnetic geometries

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.

Dr Clive Michael, Dr Boyd Blackwell

Application of data-mining techniques to plasma waves in H-1 and other stellarators

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.

Dr Boyd Blackwell, Dr Clive Michael

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