The theory of variances in equilibrium reconstruction

Zakharov, Leonid E.; Lewandowski, Jerome; Foley, Elizabeth L.; Levinton, Fred M.; Yuh, Howard Y.; Drozdov, Vladimir; McDonald, D. C.
September 2008
Physics of Plasmas;Sep2008, Vol. 15 Issue 9, p092503
Academic Journal
The theory of variances of equilibrium reconstruction is presented. It complements existing practices with information regarding what kind of plasma characteristics can be reconstructed, how accurately, and what remains beyond the abilities of diagnostic systems. The σ-curves, introduced by the present theory, give a quantitative assessment of quality of effectiveness of diagnostic systems in constraining equilibrium reconstructions. The theory also suggests a method for aligning the accuracy of measurements of different physical nature and for improvements of numerical algorithms used in reconstruction.


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