First physics results from the MAST Mega-Amp Spherical Tokamak

TitleFirst physics results from the MAST Mega-Amp Spherical Tokamak
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsA. Sykes, J.W Ahn, R. Akers, E. Arends, P.G Carolan, G.F Counsell, S.J Fielding, M. Gryaznevich, R. Martin, M. Price, C. Roach, V. Shevchenko, M. Tournianski, M. Valovic, M.J Walsh, H.R Wilson, MAST Team
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Date PublishedMay
ISBN Number1070-664X

First physics results are presented from MAST (Mega-Amp Spherical Tokamak), one of the new generation of purpose built spherical tokamaks (STs) now commencing operation. Some of these results demonstrate, for the first time, the novel effects of low aspect ratio, for example, the enhancement of resistivity due to neo-classical effects. H-mode is achieved and the transition to H-mode is accompanied by a tenfold steepening of the edge density gradient which may enable the successful application of electron Bernstein wave heating in STs. Studies of halo currents show that these less than expected from conventional tokamak results, and measurements of divertor power loading confirm that most of the power flows to the outer strike points, easing the power handling on the inner points (a critical issue for STs). (C) 2001 American Institute of Physics.



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