Spectroscopic measurement of impurity transport coefficients and penetration efficiencies in Alcator C-Mod plasmas

M.A. Graf, J.E. Rice, J.L. Terry, E.S. Marmar, J.A. Goetz, G.M. McCracken, F. Bombarda, M.J. May

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Impurity transport coefficients and the penetration efficiencies of intrinsic and injected impurities through the separatrix of diverted Alcator C-Mod discharges have been measured using x-ray and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectroscopic diagnostics. The dominant low Z intrinsic impurity in C-Mod is carbon which is found to be present in concentrations of less than 0.5%. Molybdenum, from the plasma facing components, is the dominant high Z impurity and is typically found in concentrations of about 0.02%. Trace amounts of medium and high Z nonrecycling impurities can be injected at the midplane using the laser blow-off technique and calibrated amounts of recycling, gaseous impurities can be introduced through fast valves either at the midplane or at various locations in the divertor chamber. A five chord crystal x-ray spectrometer array with high spectral resolution is used to provide spatial profiles of high charge state impurities. An absolutely calibrated, grazing incidence VUV spectrograph with high time resolution and a broad spectral range allows for the simultaneous measurement of many impurity lines. Various filtered soft x-ray diode arrays allow for spatial reconstructions of plasma emissivity. The observed brightnesses and emissivities from a number of impurity lines are used together with the mist transport code and a collisional-radiative atomic physics model to determine charge state density profiles and impurity transport coefficients. Comparisons of the deduced impurity content with the measured Zeffand total radiated power of the plasma are made. © 1995 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)636 - 638
Number of pages3
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


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Graf, M. A., Rice, J. E., Terry, J. L., Marmar, E. S., Goetz, J. A., McCracken, G. M., ... May, M. J. (1995). Spectroscopic measurement of impurity transport coefficients and penetration efficiencies in Alcator C-Mod plasmas. Review of Scientific Instruments, 66(1), 636 - 638. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.1146311