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Plasma Spectroscopy

R. J. E. Jaspers

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 57 / Number 2T / February 2010 / Pages 421-428

Diagnostics / Proceedings of the Ninth Carolus Magnus Summer School on Plasma and Fusion Energy Physics

A brief introduction into the spectroscopy of fusion plasmas is presented. Basic principles of the emission of ionic, atomic and molecular radiation is explained and a survey of the effects, which lead to the population of the respective excited levels, is given. Line radiation, continuum radiation, opacity and line broadening mechanisms are addressed. The instrumentation used on present day devices is shortly reviewed, with special attention to the active spectroscopic techniques of laser induced fluorescence and Thomson scattering.

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