High-fidelity simulations of transverse electric waves propagating through Alcator C-Mod
Author(s)Major, Maximillian R
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering.
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This project represents an attempt to model the propagation of microwaves into Alcator C-Mod's plasma in high fidelity and with a reduced number of degrees of freedom. The success of this endeavor would accelerate progress within the field of fusion energy, as simulations of C-Mod's plasmas, or other plasmas in general, can be run more quickly while still maintaining their accuracy. The main procedure involves producing simulations within COMSOL that use mode numbers based on a power spectrum of waves at 4.6 GHz. These simulations are then overlaid to model how the waves will propagate as a function of position, plasma density, and local flux. Future work could focus on verifying the accuracy of the simulations when compared to data acquired from C-Mod as well as ensuring the run-time of the simulations is indeed faster than other methods.
Thesis: S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, 2017.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (page 28).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nuclear Science and Engineering.