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Diagnostic System Development for D-D and D-3He Reaction Distributions in an Inertial-Electrostatic Confinement Device by Collimated Proton Measurements

Kai Masuda, Takeshi Fujimoto, Tomoya Nakagawa, Heishun Zen, Taiju Kajiwara, Kazunobu Nagasaki, Kiyoshi Yoshikawa

Fusion Science and Technology

Volume 56 / Number 1 / July 2009 / Pages 528-532


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A diagnostic method for spatial distributions of D-D and D-3He fusion reactions has been developed. Refinement of collimation geometry and choice of a detector and a shielding foil resulted in a drastic improvement of signal separation from noise in collimated proton counting. The developed method was then applied and revealed proton yield distributions in an inertial-electrostatic confinement device running with a D2-3He mixture fuel gas. The result showed localized D-3He reactions on cathode gird surfaces. It also indicated considerable fractions of D-D reactions on anode grid and chamber wall surfaces as well as the cathode grid.

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