Edward Dewitt

Durham University

I completed an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at Western University in 2017. I went on to attain a master’s degree in applied physics at Queen’s University in 2021. After graduation, I worked for a fusion start-up company where I contributed to Z-pinch reactor experiments. I am joining the Fusion CDT to work on the development of a fast-camera platform for real-time control applications. My project will be supervised by Dr. Marco Cecconello (Durham University) and Dr. Charles Vincent (UKAEA).

Fast cameras are an important diagnostic instrument for studying plasma physics in fusion devices. They are currently being used to study turbulence, plasma composition, density, exhaust, and shaping control. The aim of this project is to implement a low latency system using field-programmable gate array (FGPA) technology. Novel areas of research that will be explored include filament tracking, H-mode triggering, edge density measurements, and boundary imaging.