This paper introduces a recent innovation in dealing with non-periodic behavior often referred to as transients. These transients can be the result from unforced response due to the initial condition and other drifts which are a source of error when performing and interpreting Fourier analysis on measurement data. Fourier analysis is particularly relevant in system identification used to build feedback controllers and the analysis of various pulsed experiments such as heat pulse propagation studies. The basic idea behind the methodology is that transients are continuous complex-valued smooth functions in the Fourier domain which can be estimated from the Fourier data. Then, these smooth functions can be approximately subtracted from the data such that only periodic components are retained. The merit of the approach is shown in two experimental examples, i.e., heat pulse propagation (core transport analysis) and radiation front movement due to gas puffing. The examples show that the quality of the data is significantly improved such that it allows new interpretation of the results even for non-ideal measurements.

}, doi = {10.1088/1361-6587/ab9eaa}, author = {van Berkel, M. and van Kampen, R. J. R. and Vandersteen, G. and Kobayashi, T. and Ravensbergen, T. and Igami, H. and Lammers, J. T. and Oosterwegel, G. and Galperti, C. and Felici, F. and de Baar, M. R. and LHD Experiment Group and TCV team} }