Optical measurements for turbulence characterization in RFX-mod edge

M. Agostini, P. Scarin, R. Cavazzana, A. Fassina, A. Alfier, V. Cervaro

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The edge of the reversed field pinch experiment RFX-mod (R=2 m, a=0.46 m) is characterized by a complex magnetic topology and strong pressure gradients. A set of fast spectroscopic diagnostics has been designed to characterize both main plasma edge parameters and turbulence, including coherent structures (blobs) and radial profiles of the thermodynamic variables. Measurements of the edge radial profiles of electron density (ne), temperature (Te), and pressure (Pe) are obtained by a thermal helium beam diagnostic, which locally measures the ratios of the spectral lines emitted by a neutral He cloud puffed into hydrogen plasma discharges. A gas puff imaging system allows the high frequency (1 MHz bandwidth) measurement of the fluctuations of He I emissivity in the same positions. The system measures both the intermittent behavior of the edge turbulence and ne, Te, and Peprofiles of the corresponding coherent structures, with a resolution down to 6 μs. The optical diagnostics are complemented by a set of triaxial magnetic coils to simultaneously characterize the edge magnetic field. © 2010 EURATOM.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10D715
Pages (from-to)-
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation

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Agostini, M., Scarin, P., Cavazzana, R., Fassina, A., Alfier, A., & Cervaro, V. (2010). Optical measurements for turbulence characterization in RFX-mod edge. Review of Scientific Instruments, 81(10), -. [10D715]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3478679