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Fast Scan Fourier Transform Michelson Interferometer System for SST-1 Tokamak

11 May 2021, 14:00
4h 45m
Nice, France

Nice, France

Regular Poster Magnetic Fusion Experiments P2 Posters 2


Abhishek Sinha (Institute for Plasma Research)


A fast scan Fourier transform Michelson interferometer system has been installed on SST-1 tokamak. The diagnostic determines electron temperature profile and its evolution by measuring electron cyclotron emissions (ECE) from plasma. This is the first diagnostic on SST-1 to probe higher harmonics of the ECE radiations in 70-500 GHz frequency range. During plasma operation, every 17 ms the system generates an electron temperate profile with a spectral resolution of 3.66 GHz.

The paper addresses four different aspects of the diagnostic which have been realized successfully for the first time to make Michelson interferometer fully operational for ECE measurements. These are (i) Design and development of wave collection and transport system, (ii) In-lab calibration of the diagnostic, (iii) Development and characterization of a new high temperature black body source, and (iv) Operation of the system with tokamak plasma. All the above aspects will be discussed separately in the coming sections.

A new wave collection and transport system (WCTS) has been designed and employed to transport signal from SST-1 hall to diagnostics lab. To reduce transmission losses, the layout of transmission line has been done using oversized S-band waveguides and mitre bends in TE01 mode. The design and simulation of the WCTS is done using CST microwave studio. Insertion and return loss determined through simulation in the frequency range 70-170 GHz have been verified with laboratory measurements.

In-lab calibration of the diagnostics has been carried out with hot-cold technique [1, 2] in the frequency range 70-500 GHz by periodic switching between the cold source (at 77 K) and room temperature source. Digital signal filtering and coherent averaging of the raw data is done to obtain difference interferograms. The difference interferograms are Fourier transformed and by using Rayleigh-Jeans law and the sensitivity of the diagnostics is determined [1, 3]. The in-lab calibration factor has been successfully determined and the presence of water absorption lines was observed at its expected frequencies. Figure-1 shows the obtained calibration factor during in-lab calibration. Water absorption lines deteriorate the signal strength around 556 and 752 GHz.

Figure-1: Calibration Factor

To reduce the averaging time and improve the signal to noise ratio during absolute calibration, a new high temperature black body source at 873 K has been developed with a maximum temperature variation of 10 K. Radiation temperature of the calibration source has been measured and radiation losses have been calculated in the entire frequency range. Figure-2 shows the radiation temperature of the high temperature source. The radiation temperature is about 125 K below the physical temperature due to radiation losses.

Figure-2: Radiation Temperature

The diagnostic was operated with ECE emissions from SST-1 plasma. Preliminary analysis for a plasma shot has been done and shown in Figure-3. Here the plasma shot duration is 640 ms. A total of 32 interferograms have been acquired for this duration. Each interferogram will correspond to a separate temperature profile. The peak temperature is observed at interferogram number 23 occurring at 483 ms. The determined peak temperature is about 299 eV. Results obtained after detailed analysis of plasma raw data with temperature information will be presented in the paper.

Figure-3: Plasma Data

1 Schmuck S, Fessey J, Gerbaud T, Alper B, Beurskens MN, Luna E, Electron cyclotron emission measurements on JET: Michelson interferometer, new absolute calibration, and determination of electron temperature.
2 S. Schmuck1 , J. Fessey ,L. Figini and JET EFDA Contributors, Implication of Absolute Calibration for Michelson Interferometer ECE Diagnostic at JET for ITER
3 Robert John Bell, Introductory Fourier Transform Spectroscopy

Affiliation Institute for Plasma Research, HBNI, Bhat, Gandhinagar, India
Country or International Organization India

Primary authors

Abhishek Sinha (Institute for Plasma Research) Mr Dusmanta Mohanta (Institute for Plasma Research) MANISHA BHANDARKAR (Institute for Plasma Research) Dr S. K. Pathak (Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar-382 428, India.) Mr John Fessey (CCFE-Culham Science Centre) Mr Stefan Schmuck (CCFE-Culham Science Centre) Mrs Sonam Sharma ( L.D.College of Engineering) Imran Mansuri (Institute for Plasma Research) Mrs Pratibha Gupta (Institute for Plasma Research)

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