Diagnosing transient plasma status: from solar atmosphere to tokamak divertor

A. S. Giunta, S. Henderson, M. O'Mullane, J. Harrison, J.G. Doyle, H.P. Summers

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This work strongly exploits the interdisciplinary links between astrophysical (such as the solar upper atmosphere) and aboratory plasmas (such as tokamak devices) by sharing the development of a common modelling for time-dependent onisation. This is applied to the interpretation of solar flare data observed by the UVSP (Ultraviolet Spectrometer and olarimeter), on-board the Solar Maximum Mission and the IRIS (Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph), and also to data from B2-SOLPS (Scrape Off Layer Plasma Simulations) for MAST (Mega Ampère Spherical Tokamak) Super-X divertor upgrade. The derived atomic data, calculated in the framework of the ADAS (Atomic Data and Analysis Structure) project, allow equivalent prediction in non-stationary transport regimes and transients of both the solar atmosphere and tokamak divertors, except that the tokamak evolution is about one thousand times faster.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberC09008
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2016
Event4th International Conference Frontiers in Diagnostics Fix Technologies - Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Rome, Italy
Duration: 30 Mar 20161 Apr 2016


  • plasma diagnostics
  • interferometry
  • spectroscopy
  • imaging
  • spectrometers
  • simulation
  • astrophysical plasmas
  • laboratory plasmas
  • time-dependent ionisation
  • solar flare


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