Installation and first operation of the negative ion optimization experiment

Michela De Muri, Marco Cavenago, Gianluigi Serianni, Pierluigi Veltri, Marco Bigi, Roberto Pasqualotto, Marco Barbisan, Mauro Recchia, Barbara Zaniol, Timour Kulevoy, Sergey Petrenko, Lucio Baseggio, Vannino Cervaro, Fabio Degli Agostini, Luca Franchin, Bruno Laterza, Alessandro Minarello, Federico Rossetto, Manuele Sattin, Simone Zucchetti

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Negative ion sources are key components of the neutral beam injectors for thermonuclear fusion experiments. The NIO1 experiment is a radio frequency ion source generating a 60 kV-135 mA hydrogen negative ion beam. The beam is composed of nine beamlets over an area of about 40 × 40 mm2. This experiment is jointly developed by Consorzio RFX and INFN-LNL, with the purpose of providing and optimizing a test ion source, capable of working in continuous mode and in conditions similar to those foreseen for the larger ion sources of the ITER neutral beam injectors. At present research and development activities on these ion sources still address several important issues related to beam extraction and optics optimization, to which the NIO1 test facility can contribute thanks to its modular design, which allows for quick replacement and upgrading of components. This contribution presents the installation phases, the status of the test facility and the results of the first experiments, which have demonstrated that the source can operate in continuous mode.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249 - 252
Number of pages4
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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De Muri, M., Cavenago, M., Serianni, G., Veltri, P., Bigi, M., Pasqualotto, R., ... Zucchetti, S. (2015). Installation and first operation of the negative ion optimization experiment. Fusion Engineering and Design, 96-97, 249 - 252.