Three-dimensional neutral atom imaging of tokamak plasmas

Earl E. Scime, Herbert O. Funsten, David J. McComas, Samuel Hokin

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Recent technological advances in neutral atom imaging of space plasmas can be applied to the next generation of long pulse, high density fusion experiments. In particular, the small size of these neutral atom imagers makes them ideal for measurements of charge exchange neutrals in the edge and divertor region of tokamaks. In the edge of tokamak plasmas, the lower energy neutrals are created locally and the higher energy neutrals are generated within a few mean free paths of the edge. This charge exchange neutral flux can be imaged and its energy spectrum analyzed. The energy spectrum measurements provide the radial information necessary for a three-dimensional (3D) image of the convolved ion and neutral populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)336-338
Number of pages3
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation


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