Spectral broadening of characteristic γ-ray emission peaks from C12(He3,pγ)N14 reactions in fusion plasmas

M. Tardocchi, M. Nocente, I. Proverbio, V.G. Kiptily, P. Blanchard, S. Conroy, M. Fontanesi, G. Grosso, K. Kneupner, E. Lerche, A. Murari, E. Perelli Cippo, A. Pietropaolo, B. Syme, D. Van Eester, G. Gorini

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Abstract

The spectral broadening of characteristic γ-ray emission peaks from the reaction C12(He3,pγ)N14 was measured in D(He3) plasmas of the JET tokamak with ion cyclotron resonance heating tuned to the fundamental harmonic of He3. Intensities and detailed spectral shapes of γ-ray emission peaks were successfully reproduced using a physics model combining the kinetics of the reacting ions with a detailed description of the nuclear reaction differential cross sections for populating the L1-L8 N14 excitation levels yielding the observed γ-ray emission. The results provide a paradigm, which leverages knowledge from areas of physics outside traditional plasma physics, for the development of nuclear radiation based methods for understanding and controlling fusion burning plasmas. © 2011 American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number205002
Pages (from-to)-
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume107
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Tardocchi, M., Nocente, M., Proverbio, I., Kiptily, V. G., Blanchard, P., Conroy, S., Fontanesi, M., Grosso, G., Kneupner, K., Lerche, E., Murari, A., Perelli Cippo, E., Pietropaolo, A., Syme, B., Van Eester, D., & Gorini, G. (2011). Spectral broadening of characteristic γ-ray emission peaks from C12(He3,pγ)N14 reactions in fusion plasmas. Physical Review Letters, 107(20), -. [205002]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.205002