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Interferometer Systems on LHD

T. Akiyama, K. Kawahata, K. Tanaka, T. Tokuzawa, Y. Ito, S. Okajima, K. Nakayama, C. A. Michael, L. N. Vyacheslavov, A. Sanin, S. Tsuji-Iio, LHD Experiment Group

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 58 / Number 1 / Pages 352-363

July 2010


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This paper describes the interferometer systems on the Large Helical Device (LHD). LHD is equipped with five interferometer systems, each of which has a different operational purpose and measurable electron density range. A single-channel millimeter-wave interferometer is mainly used for low-density plasmas along a horizontal line of sight on the equatorial plane. Wavelengths of 1 and 2 mm are used for vibration compensation based on two-color interferometry, which has been used since the first operation of LHD. A 13-channel CH3OH laser interferometer (wavelength of 119 m) covers almost the whole poloidal cross sections of LHD plasmas with a chord separation of 90 mm. It routinely provides temporal behavior and profiles of the electron density. The laser has been developed as a collaboration between the National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) and Chubu University. An 80-channel CO2 laser interferometer (10.6 m) is employed for high-density plasmas such as superdense core plasmas. It adopts an imaging technique with three slablike beams and array detectors to measure the density profile precisely. A phase contrast imaging interferometer, which measures density fluctuations, is combined with the CO2 laser interferometer. Since LHD has strong magnetic shear, a distribution of the density fluctuations is evaluated by using shear technique. A conventional millimeter-wave (4 mm) interferometer is also installed at a divertor region to measure dynamic density responses in a divertor leg. The phase counter used on these interferometers was originally developed at NIFS. The phase resolution of a typical phase counter is 1/100 fringe with a temporal response of 10 s.

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