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Title: The multi-spectral line-polarization MSE system on Alcator C-Mod

Abstract

A multi-spectral line-polarization motional Stark effect (MSE-MSLP) diagnostic has been developed for the Alcator C-Mod tokamak wherein the Stokes vector is measured in multiple wavelength bands simultaneously on the same sightline to enable better polarized background subtraction. A ten-sightline, four wavelength MSE-MSLP detector system was designed, constructed, and qualified. This system consists of a high-throughput polychromator for each sightline designed to provide large étendue and precise spectral filtering in a cost-effective manner. Each polychromator utilizes four narrow bandpass interference filters and four custom large diameter avalanche photodiode detectors. Two filters collect light to the red and blue of the MSE emission spectrum while the remaining two filters collect the beam pi and sigma emission generated at the same viewing volume. The filter wavelengths are temperature tuned using custom ovens in an automated manner. Furthermore, all system functions are remote controllable and the system can be easily retrofitted to existing single-wavelength line-polarization MSE systems.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [1]
  1. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States)
  2. Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1350532
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-09CH11466
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Review of Scientific Instruments
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 87; Journal Issue: 11; Journal ID: ISSN 0034-6748
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE

Citation Formats

Mumgaard, R. T., Scott, S. D., and Khoury, M.. The multi-spectral line-polarization MSE system on Alcator C-Mod. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1063/1.4959793.
Mumgaard, R. T., Scott, S. D., & Khoury, M.. The multi-spectral line-polarization MSE system on Alcator C-Mod. United States. doi:10.1063/1.4959793.
Mumgaard, R. T., Scott, S. D., and Khoury, M.. 2016. "The multi-spectral line-polarization MSE system on Alcator C-Mod". United States. doi:10.1063/1.4959793. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1350532.
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title = {The multi-spectral line-polarization MSE system on Alcator C-Mod},
author = {Mumgaard, R. T. and Scott, S. D. and Khoury, M.},
abstractNote = {A multi-spectral line-polarization motional Stark effect (MSE-MSLP) diagnostic has been developed for the Alcator C-Mod tokamak wherein the Stokes vector is measured in multiple wavelength bands simultaneously on the same sightline to enable better polarized background subtraction. A ten-sightline, four wavelength MSE-MSLP detector system was designed, constructed, and qualified. This system consists of a high-throughput polychromator for each sightline designed to provide large étendue and precise spectral filtering in a cost-effective manner. Each polychromator utilizes four narrow bandpass interference filters and four custom large diameter avalanche photodiode detectors. Two filters collect light to the red and blue of the MSE emission spectrum while the remaining two filters collect the beam pi and sigma emission generated at the same viewing volume. The filter wavelengths are temperature tuned using custom ovens in an automated manner. Furthermore, all system functions are remote controllable and the system can be easily retrofitted to existing single-wavelength line-polarization MSE systems.},
doi = {10.1063/1.4959793},
journal = {Review of Scientific Instruments},
number = 11,
volume = 87,
place = {United States},
year = 2016,
month = 8
}

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