A prototype of an infrared imaging bolometer (IRVB) was successfully tested on the Alcator C-Mod tokamak at the end of its 2016 campaign. The IRVB method interprets the power radiated from the plasma by measuring the temperature rise of a thin, ~2 μm, Pt absorber that is placed in the torus vacuum and exposed, using a pinhole camera, to the full-spectrum of plasma’s photon emission. The IRVB installed on C-Mod viewed the poloidal cross section of the core plasma and observed Ohmic and ion cyclotron range of frequency (ICRF)-heated plasmas. Analysis of total radiated power and on-axis emissivity from IRVBmore »
The InfraRed imaging Video Bolometer measures plasma radiated power images using a thin metal foil. Two different designs with a tangential view of NSTX-U are made assuming a 640 x 480 (1280 x 1024) pixel, 30 (105) fps, 50 (20) mK, IR camera imaging the 9 cm x 9 cm x 2 μm Pt foil. The foil is divided into 40 x 40 (64 x 64) IRVB channels. This gives a spatial resolution of 3.4 (2.2) cm on the machine mid-plane. The noise equivalent power density of the IRVB is given as 113 (46) μW/cm 2 for a time resolutionmore »
The InfraRed Video Bolometer (IRVB) is a powerful tool to measure radiated power in magnetically confined plasmas due to its ability to obtain 2D images of plasma emission using a technique that is compatible with the fusion nuclear environment. A prototype IRVB has been developed and installed on NSTX-U to view the lower divertor. The IRVB is a pinhole camera which images radiation from the plasma onto a 2.5 μm thick, 9 × 7 cm 2 Pt foil and monitors the resulting spatio-temporal temperature evolution using an IR camera. The power flux incident on the foil is calculated by solvingmore »
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