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Alcator C-Mod and the high magnetic field approach to fusion

M. Greenwald     Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States

Abstract

Alcator C-Mod is the third in a series of high-field, compact tokamak fusion experiments built on the MIT campus. Its unique design and operating parameters have produced a wealth of new information since it began operation in 1993, contributing data that has supported ITER design decisions and operational planning. The C-Mod design and physics regimes also presented a set of reactor-relevant technical challenges that has driven its research agenda. These included plasma startup and control with a thick conducting vacuum vessel and magnet support structure; power handling at reactor levels ( ...

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