Realization, operation and results of the multichannel far-infrared polarimeter on RFX

E. Zilli, M. O'Gorman, L. Giudicotti, F. Milani, S.L. Prunty, A. Murari, A. Boboc

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This paper illustrates the realisation and testing of the multichannel far-infrared polarimeter for the RFX machine, a plasma confinement experiment with the Reversed Field Pinch configuration. The diagnostic is described and the its main sections are outlined: the laser system operating at λ = 118.8μm, the FIR optical line, the beam splitter and the beam detection units, the signal processing electronics and the motion electronics for the calibration halfwave plates. Emphasis is placed on the work performed on the polarimeter to make it operational. We illustrate the preliminary tests of the diagnostic equipment and the activity performed to bring the diagnostic into reliable operation, in particular the reduction of the noise produced by magnetically induced mechanical vibrations during machine shots. An example of the first Faraday angle measurements performed on five chords are presented and discussed. The measured Faraday angle was also compared to a theoretically calculated value, based on a simple plasma model, with satisfactory agreement between measured and predicted data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1673 - 1696
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Infrared and Millimeter Waves
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiation
  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Zilli, E., O'Gorman, M., Giudicotti, L., Milani, F., Prunty, S. L., Murari, A., & Boboc, A. (2000). Realization, operation and results of the multichannel far-infrared polarimeter on RFX. International Journal of Infrared and Millimeter Waves, 21(10), 1673 - 1696.