John R. Ferron

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— In tokamak fusion plasmas, controlling the spatial distribution profile of the toroidal current is key to achieving advanced scenarios characterized by confinement improvement and possible steady-state operation. The dynamics of the current profile are nonlinear and coupled with other plasma parameters, motivating the use of model-based control(More)
— Setting up a suitable toroidal current profile in a fusion tokamak reactor is vital to the eventual realization of a commercial nuclear fusion power plant. Creating the desired current profile during the ramp-up and early flat-top phases of the plasma discharge and then actively maintaining this target profile for the remainder of the discharge is the(More)
—Setting up a suitable current spatial profile in tokamak plasmas has been demonstrated to be a key condition for one possible advanced scenario with improved confinement and possible steady-state operation. Experiments at the DIII-D tokamak focus on creating the desired current profile during the plasma current ramp-up and early flattop phases with the aim(More)
— The tokamak is a device that utilizes magnetic fields to confine a reactant gas to generate energy from nuclear fusion reactions. The next step towards the realization of a tokamak power plant is the ITER project, and extensive research has been conducted to find high performance operating scenarios characterized by a high fusion gain and plasma(More)
Approximately 20%–25% of the pediatric population will likely develop a sleep disorder sometime during childhood or adolescence. Studies have shown that untreated sleep disorders can negatively affect cognitive abilities, and academic and behavior performance. The Sleep Disorders Inventory for Students (SDIS) is a screening instrument designed to be used by(More)