Magnetic and x-ray diagnostics for plasma position measurements in the ignition experiment ignitor

F. Bombarda, F. Alladio, G. Pizzicaroli, A. Licciulli, M. Fersini, D. Diso, E. Paulicelli

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The ignition experiment Ignitor will produce high performance plasma regimes with neutron fluxes at the first wall comparable to those expected in power generating reactors (1015n/cm2/s at the first wall). An appreciable degradation of the inorganic insulators surrounding the conductors is expected and the measurement of basic plasma parameters, such as plasma current and position, by electromagnetic diagnostics can become problematic. Thus an R&D program, aimed at the development of effective and affordable devices for electromagnetic diagnostics with higher damage threshold, is being carried out. Prototype diagnostic coils of different shapes have been manufactured, in collaboration with SALENTEC and Università di Lecce. At the same time, an alternative plasma position control method is being explored, based on the diffraction and detection of the soft X-ray radiation emitted, mostly by Molybdenum impurities, near the top or bottom of the plasma column, where the distance of the plasma last closed magnetic surface from the wall is only few millimeters. The underlying principles and general layout of the new system is essentially an adaptation of a 2-dimensional curved crystal spectrometer. © 2008 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Burning Plasma Diagnostics - , Italy
Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …


ConferenceInternational Conference on Burning Plasma Diagnostics
Period1/1/08 → …


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Bombarda, F., Alladio, F., Pizzicaroli, G., Licciulli, A., Fersini, M., Diso, D., & Paulicelli, E. (2008). Magnetic and x-ray diagnostics for plasma position measurements in the ignition experiment ignitor. Paper presented at International Conference on Burning Plasma Diagnostics, Italy.