Internal toroidal field measurements on the helicity injected tokamak using the transient internal probe

J. P. Galambos, M. A. Bohnet, T. R. Jarboe, A. T. Mattick

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Abstract

Measurements of the local toroidal magnetic field have been achieved on the helicity injected tokamak (HIT) using the transient internal probe (TIP). HIT is a low aspect (a=1.5, A=0.35 m) ratio tokamak designed to study steady state current drive. The TIP diagnostic involves accelerating a small diamond clad magneto-optic probe through the plasma at high velocities (∼2 km/s) using a light gas gun. The local field is obtained by illuminating the probe with a laser and measuring the amount of Faraday rotation in the reflected beam. Measurements were conducted using unclad magneto-optic probes directed along a chord tangent to the toroidal field. Plasma conditions were typically ne∼7×1019 m-3 and Te∼40-80 eV. Measurement uncertainty is less than 2%. No changes in plasma parameters were observed during the first 200 ms (∼40 cm) of probe travel in the plasma. A temporary dip in plasma current, probably due to ablation of the retroreflecting material on the probe, is observed as the probe exits the plasma. Density is unaffected by the presence of the probe in the plasma. No long term deleterious effects to tokamak performance were observed as the TIP diagnostic was found to be quite compatible with the tokamak.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-387
Number of pages3
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Volume68
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation

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