Title: Using advanced camera image and data analysis to address an important hurdle for magnetic fusion energy

Lead Research Organisation: University of York
Department Name: Physics


This PhD project utilises spectrally filtered CCD cameras to acquire images of the plasma near the divertor target filtered in wavelength to select particular plasma emission lines. The research would involve applying ray tracing and tomography techniques to unfold the images to provide a measure of how the plasma properties evolve in 2 spatial dimensions and time in the MAST-Upgrade device under construction at CCFE. The radiation analysis will be supported by atomic physics modelling. The student will also be involved in an integrated analysis that takes data from multiple diagnostics, including cameras, electrical probes and laser scattering, to infer the underlying plasma properties across the divertor plasma region and thus how atomic physics and other processes determine its evolution.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/P510701/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1817788 Studentship EP/P510701/1 01/10/2016 23/12/2020 Simon Orchard
Description Contributed paper/poster at international conference (Plasma Surface Interactions, Princeton, NJ) - Simon Orchard 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Simon Orchard presented a poster on 'Improved understanding of detachment on JET through improved camera tomography'. The purpose was for him to open up discussions with other researchers about his techniques and results. He gained very good experience at the conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://psi2018.princeton.edu/