Inference of field reversed configuration topology and dynamics during Alfvenic transients

February 2018 | J.A. Romero | Nature Communications | Paper

Active control of field reversed configuration (FRC) devices requires a method to determine the flux surface geometry and dynamic properties of the plasma during both transient and steady-state conditions.


Separatrix E×B Shear Flows and Turbulence Propagation in the C-2U FRC; Diagnostic Upgrades for Density and Magnetic Field Fluctuation Measurements in C-2W

October 2017 | L. Schmitz | APS-DPP | Poster

Ion-scale modes have been shown to be stable in the C-2/C-2FRC core, in agreement with initial gyrokinetic simulation results, with a characteristic inverted toroidal wavenumber spectrum confirmed via Doppler Backscattering (DBS) measurements.


High Time Resolution Reconstruction of Electron Temperature Profiles with a Neural Network in C-2U

October 2017 | Gabriel Player | APS-DPP | Poster

An attempt to experimentally determine electron heating due to neutral beam injection highlighted a diagnostic gap – lack of time resolution on single-shot Thomson measurements.


Improved density profile measurements in the C-2U advanced beam-driven Field-Reversed Configuration (FRC) plasmas

August 2016 | M. Beall | Review of Scientific Instruments | Paper

In the prior C-2 experiment, electron density was measured using a two-color 6-chord CO2/HeNe interferometer. Analysis shows that high-frequency common mode phase noise can be reduced by a factor of 3 by constructing a reference chord.