Measurement of M-shell iron ionization balance in a tokamak plasma

K.B. Fournier, M. Finkenthal, D. Pacella, M.J. May, M. Leigheb, V. Soukhanovskii, W.H. Goldstein

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We present the △n = 0 (n = 3 to n = 3) EUV spectra of M-shell iron ions from a tokamak plasma obtained during the "ramp-down" phase of the discharge. The fractional ion abundances for K-like Fe+7to Si-like Fe+12are found from fitting model spectra to the measured spectrum. The plasma temperature is measured as a function of position by Thomson scattering of laser light and Langmuir probes. Collisional-radiative simulations have been computed for the above ions, using atomic data generated with the HULLAC suite of codes. The blended M-shell spectrum is strongly sensitive to temperature; this makes it a potentially useful diagnostic for observations of stellar coronae where the differential emission measure is dominated by temperatures around 1 MK.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)-
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 PART 2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2001
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Fournier, K. B., Finkenthal, M., Pacella, D., May, M. J., Leigheb, M., Soukhanovskii, V., & Goldstein, W. H. (2001). Measurement of M-shell iron ionization balance in a tokamak plasma. Astrophysical Journal, 550(1 PART 2), -.