The 60-channel electron cyclotron emission (ECE) radiometer diagnostic on the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak is presently being upgraded to include a 1 MHz sampling rate data acquisition system. This expanded capability allows electron temperature measurements up to 500 kHz (anti-aliasing filter cut-off) with spatial resolution ∼1 cm, and will thus provide measurement of plasma phenomena on the MHD timescale, such as neoclassical tearing modes (NTMs). The upgraded and existing systems may be run in parallel for comparison, and some of the first plasma measurements using the two systems together are presented. A particular planned application of the upgraded radiometer is integration into a real-time NTM stabilization loop using targeted deposition of electron cyclotron resonance heating (ECRH). For this loop, it is necessary to determine the locations of the NTM and ECRH deposition using ECE measurements. As the magnetic island of the NTM repeatedly rotates through the ECE line of sight, electron temperature fluctuations at the NTM frequency are observed. The magnetic perturbation caused by the NTM is independently measured using Mirnov coils, and a correlation profile between these magnetic measurements and the ECE data is constructed. The phase difference between ECE oscillations on opposite sides of the island manifests as a zero-crossing of the correlation profile, which determines the NTM location in ECE channel space. To determine the location of ECRH power deposition, the power from a given gyrotron may be modulated at a particular frequency. Correlation analysis of this modulated signal and the ECE data identifies a particular ECE channel associated with the deposition of that gyrotron. Real time equilibrium reconstruction allows the ECE channels to be translated into flux surface and spatial coordinates for use in the feedback loop. © 2009 World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||15th Joint Workshop on Electron Cyclotron Emission, ECE 2008 and Electron Cyclotron Heating, ECH 2008 - , United States|
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …
|Conference||15th Joint Workshop on Electron Cyclotron Emission, ECE 2008 and Electron Cyclotron Heating, ECH 2008|
|Period||1/1/09 → …|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
Hicks, N. K., Suttrop, W., Behler, K., Giannone, L., Manini, A., Maraschek, M., ... Cirant, S. (2009). Upgrades and real time NTM control application of the ece radiometer on ASDEX upgrade. Paper presented at 15th Joint Workshop on Electron Cyclotron Emission, ECE 2008 and Electron Cyclotron Heating, ECH 2008, United States.