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Title: Automated electrostatic probe device of high resolution and accuracy

In this work, an automated apparatus for driving single electrostatic probes and acquiring the plasma-related data has been designed and fabricated. The voltage range of the present system is ±110 V with an adjustable voltage step as low as 3 mV. Voltage and current measurements are carried out with high resolution and high accuracy circuits, both based on 16 bit analog-to-digital converters. The code embedded in a micro-controller, schedules the operation of the device and transfers the experimental data to a personal computer. The modular design of the system makes possible its modification and thus increases its adaptability to different plasma setups. Finally, the reliable operation of the entire device is confirmed by tests in Electron Cyclotron Resonance plasma.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [1]
  1. High Voltage Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Patras, Rion-Patras 26504 (Greece)
  2. (France)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22392275
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Review of Scientific Instruments; Journal Volume: 85; Journal Issue: 12; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; ACCURACY; DESIGN; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; ELECTRON CYCLOTRON-RESONANCE; ELECTROSTATIC PROBES; EQUIPMENT; OPERATION; PLASMA