Polarization Stark spectroscopy for spatially resolved measurements of electric fields in the sheaths of ICRF antenna

A. Kostic, K. Crombé, R. Dux, M. Griener, R. Ochoukov, I. Shesterikov, G. Suárez López, M. Usoltceva, R. Casagrande, E. H. Martin, J. M. Noterdaeme

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A multichannel spectroscopic diagnostic based on the Stark effect on helium lines was developed and implemented in IShTAR (Ion Cyclotron Sheath Test ARrangement) to measure the spatial distribution of electric fields across the radio frequency sheaths of the ion cyclotron antenna. Direct measurements of the DC electric fields in the antenna sheaths are an important missing component in understanding the antenna-plasma edge interactions in magnetically confined fusion plasmas since they will be used to benchmark theoretical models against real antenna operation. Along with the high-resolution Czerny-Turner monochromator and a detector with an intensifier, the hardware relies on the 2 chained set of linear-to-linear fiber bundles that provide seven optical channels capable of resolving an 8.4 mm region in the vicinity of the antenna's box. The diagnostic is supported with local helium gas puff, enabling it to operate in nonhelium plasmas. Spatially resolved electric field was measured for two discharge configurations, one with and one without the ICRF antenna. The results show a clear difference in the shape of the DC electric field's spatial profile for the two cases studied, with the elevated values when the ICRF antenna was operating. This demonstrates the ability of the diagnostic to measure even small relative changes in the intensity of the electric field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number123101
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes


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