Progress in diagnostics of the COMPASS tokamak

V. Weinzettl, J. Adamek, M. Berta, P. Bilkova, O. Bogar, P. Bohm, J. Cavalier, R. Dejarnac, M. Dimitrova, O. Ficker, D. Fridrich, O. Grover, P. Hacek, J. Havlicek, A. Havranek, J. Horacek, M. Hron, M. Imrisek, M. Komm, K. KovarikJ. Krbec, T. Markovic, E. Matveeva, K. Mitosinkova, J. Mlynar, D. Naydenkova, R. Panek, R. Paprok, M. Peterka, A. Podolnik, J. Seidl, M. Sos, J. Stockel, M. Tomes, M. Varavin, J. Varju, M. Vlainic, P. Vondracek, J. Zajac, F. Zacek, M. Stano, G. Anda, D. Dunai, T. Krizsanoczi, D. Refy, S. Zoletnik, A. Silva, R. Gomes, T. Pereira, Tsv. Popov, D. Sarychev, G.P. Ermak, J. Zebrowski, M. Jakubowski, M. Rabinski, K. Malinowski, S. Nanobashvili, M. Spolaore, N. Vianello, E. Gauthier, J.P. Gunn, A. Devitre

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The COMPASS tokamak at IPP Prague is a small-size device with an ITER-relevant plasma geometry and operating in both the Ohmic as well as neutral beam assisted H-modes since 2012. A basic set of diagnostics installed at the beginning of the COMPASS operation has been gradually broadened in type of diagnostics, extended in number of detectors and collected channels and improved by an increased data acquisition speed. In recent years, a significant progress in diagnostic development has been motivated by the improved COMPASS plasma performance and broadening of its scientific programme (L-H transition and pedestal scaling studies, magnetic perturbations, runaway electron control and mitigation, plasma-surface interaction and corresponding heat fluxes, Alfvenic and edge localized mode observations, disruptions, etc.). In this contribution, we describe major upgrades of a broad spectrum of the COMPASS diagnostics and discuss their potential for physical studies. In particular, scrape-off layer plasma diagnostics will be represented by a new concept for microsecond electron temperature and heat flux measurements - we introduce a new set of divertor Langmuir and ball-pen probe arrays, newly constructed probe heads for reciprocating manipulators as well as several types of standalone probes. Among optical tools, an upgraded high-resolution edge Thomson scattering diagnostic for pedestal studies and a set of new visible light and infrared (plasma-surface interaction investigations) cameras will be described. Particle and beam diagnostics will be covered by a neutral particle analyzer, diagnostics on a lithium beam, Cherenkov detectors (for a direct detection of runaway electrons) and neutron detectors. We also present new modifications of the microwave reflectometer for fast edge density profile measurements.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberC12015
Pages (from-to)-
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation
  • Mathematical Physics

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Weinzettl, V., Adamek, J., Berta, M., Bilkova, P., Bogar, O., Bohm, P., Cavalier, J., Dejarnac, R., Dimitrova, M., Ficker, O., Fridrich, D., Grover, O., Hacek, P., Havlicek, J., Havranek, A., Horacek, J., Hron, M., Imrisek, M., Komm, M., ... Devitre, A. (2017). Progress in diagnostics of the COMPASS tokamak. Journal of Instrumentation, 12(12), -. [C12015].