Spatially scanned two-color mid-infrared interferometer for FTU

A. Canton, P. Innocente, S. Martini, L. Tasinato, O. Tudisco

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The design of a scanning beam two-color mid-infrared (MIR) interferometer is presented. The diagnostic is being developed for the Frascati Tokamak Upgrade (FTU) which calls for a new interferometer to perform detailed study of advanced confinement regimes in D-shaped plasmas. After performing a feasibility study and a prototype test, we designed a scanning interferometer based on a resonant tilting mirror providing 40 chords of ≈1 cm diameter and a full profile every 62 μs. Such a high number of chords is obtained with a very simple optical scheme, resulting in a system which is compact, low cost, and easy to align. An important feature of the interferometer is its higher immunity to fringe jumps compared to conventional far infrared (FIR) systems. Three main factors contribute to that: the high critical density associated to MIR beams, the large bandwidth provided by 40 MHz heterodyne detection, and the fact that each scan provides a "self-consistent" profile. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1085 - 1088
Number of pages4
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number1 II
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Instrumentation

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Canton, A., Innocente, P., Martini, S., Tasinato, L., & Tudisco, O. (2001). Spatially scanned two-color mid-infrared interferometer for FTU. Review of Scientific Instruments, 72(1 II), 1085 - 1088.