Real-time data processing and magnetic field pitch angle estimation of the JET motional Stark effect diagnostic based on Kalman filtering

Coelho, R.; Alves, D.; Hawkes, N.; Brix, M.
June 2009
Review of Scientific Instruments;Jun2009, Vol. 80 Issue 6, p063504
Academic Journal
A novel technique for the real-time measurement of the magnetic field pitch angle in JET discharges using the motional Stark effect diagnostic is presented. Kalman filtering techniques are adopted to estimate the amplitude of the avalanche photodiode signals’ harmonics that are relevant for the pitch angle calculation. The proposed technique {for extended technical details of the generic algorithm see [R. Coelho and D. Alves, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 37, 164 (2009)]} is shown to be much more robust and provides less noisy estimates than an equivalent lock-in amplifier scheme, in particular when dealing with edge localized modes.


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