The MAST experiment has been in operation at Culham since 1999.
It follows the highly successful START experiment (1991 - 1998),
to further explore the spherical tokamak (ST) approach.
The main objectives are:
- Studies in a new regime, to provide improved understanding of
tokamaks, and improved ITER design (e.g. effects of plasma shaping).
- To investigate the potential of the spherical tokamak route
to fusion power.
Contents: Successful experimental
programme, plant improvements, error field correction coils
and locked mode threshold, particle transport studies with
deuterium pellet injection, conferences and visits.
Contents: Ongoing physics
programme, PF circuit improvements, diagnostics developments:
high resolution crystal spectrometer (THEMIS), international
Contents: 3rd MAST Results
Review and Research Forum, new physics campaign started, non-solenoid
start-up studies, locked mode threshold and H-mode threshold
studies, HELIOS validation, diagnostics improvements, HOMER
real-time optical data system.
Some earlier news bulletins from MAST:
Explanation of the mission of the MAST experiment.
Background information about the ST including a
conceptual power plant design (interactive cut-away).
Interactive cut-away diagram presenting the main
Plasma Heating on MAST
Neutral Beam Injection and Electron Cyclotron Resonance
Plasma Formation in MAST
How Merging Compression is used to save central
MAST Power Supplies
The special electrical power supplies for the MAST
Month-by-month pictorial history of the construction,
assembly and commissioning of MAST.
A selection of published papers and reports relevant
MAST Team Photo
Assembled on top of the vessel, December 2000.
The hugely successful forerunner to MAST.
List of industrial contractors
in the construction of MAST