Research Overview Experimental Physics

Experimental Physics

The development and application of diagnostics is an important aspect of plasma physics research. Georgia Tech faculty and students have worked with scientists on operating plasma physics experiments at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Texas and General Atomics.


“Characteristics of fast ion behavior in the advanced toroidal facility”, Int. Stellarator Workshop, Garching (1993). M. R. Wade, C. E. Thomas.


“Fast wave heating experiments in the ion cyclotron range of frequencies on ATF”, Nucl. Fusion 32, 1225(1992). M. Kwon, C. E. Thomas.


“Autocorrelation and crossed-sightline correlation of ECE for measurement of electron temperature and density fluctuation on ATF and TEXT”, Rev. Sci. Instr. 61, 3570 (1990). C. E. Thomas and R. F. Gandy.

“ATF neutral particle analysis system”, Rev. Sci. Instr. 61, 3202 (1990). M. R. Wade, C. E. Thomas.

“Measurement of the effects of Faraday shields on ICRH antenna coupling”, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 18, 184 (1990).

“The ATF two-frequency correlation reflectometer”, Rev. Sci. Instr. 61, 3049 (1990). G. R. Hanson, C. E. Thomas.

“Analysis of the expected resolution of the ECE crossed-sightline magnetic field diagnostic”, Rev. Sci. Instr. 61, 671 (1990). G. R. Hanson and C. E. Thomas.

“Second stability in the ATF Torsatron—Experiment and theory”, Phys. Fluids B 2, 1353 (1990). J. H. Harris, C. E. Thomas.

“Overview of results from the ATF Torsatron”, Phys. Fluids B 2, 1347 (1990)”. R. J. Colchin, C. E. Thomas.


“Fast-ion confinement during high-power tangential neutral beam injection into low-plasma current discharges on the ISX-B tokamak”, Nucl. Fusion 28,951 (1988).

“Conceptual design and numerical simulation of a correlation diagnostic for measurement of magnetic fluctuations in plasmas”, Rev. Sci. Instr. 59, 1990 (1988). C. E. Thomas, G. R. Hanson.

“In-situ dye laser calibration for Thomson scattering diagnostics”, Rev. Sci. Instr. 59, 1464 (1988). D. A. Rasmussen, C. E. Thomas.


“Diamagnetism and Beta in beam heated currentless plasmas in Heliotron-E”, Nucl. Fusion 26, 1339 (1986). S. Besshou, C. E. Thomas and others.