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Title: Negative hydrogen ion production in a helicon plasma source

In order to develop very high energy (>1 MeV) neutral beam injection systems for applications, such as plasma heating in fusion devices, it is necessary first to develop high throughput negative ion sources. For the ITER reference source, this will be realised using caesiated inductively coupled plasma devices, containing either hydrogen or deuterium discharges, operated with high rf input powers (up to 90 kW per driver). It has been suggested that due to their high power coupling efficiency, helicon devices may be able to reduce power requirements and potentially obviate the need for caesiation due to the high plasma densities achievable. Here, we present measurements of negative ion densities in a hydrogen discharge produced by a helicon device, with externally applied DC magnetic fields ranging from 0 to 8.5 mT at 5 and 10 mTorr fill pressures. These measurements were taken in the magnetised plasma interaction experiment at the Australian National University and were performed using the probe-based laser photodetachment technique, modified for the use in the afterglow of the plasma discharge. A peak in the electron density is observed at ∼3 mT and is correlated with changes in the rf power transfer efficiency. With increasing magnetic field, an increase in the negative ionmore » fraction from 0.04 to 0.10 and negative ion densities from 8 × 10{sup 14 }m{sup −3} to 7 × 10{sup 15 }m{sup −3} is observed. It is also shown that the negative ion densities can be increased by a factor of 8 with the application of an external DC magnetic field.« less
Authors:
;  [1] ; ;  [2]
  1. Plasma Research Laboratory, Research School of Physics and Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200 (Australia)
  2. School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales Canberra, Northcott Drive, Campbell, Australian Capital Territory 2600 (Australia)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22493786
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 9; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; AFTERGLOW; ANIONS; BEAM INJECTION; DEUTERIUM; ELECTRON DENSITY; HYDROGEN; HYDROGEN IONS; INTERACTIONS; ION SOURCES; ITER TOKAMAK; LASERS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MEV RANGE; PLASMA DENSITY; PLASMA HEATING