Motional Stark effect diagnostics for KSTAR

J. Chung, J. Ko*, J. Howard, C. Michael, G. von Nessi, A. Thorman, M. F.M. De Bock

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    The motional Stark effect (MSE) diagnostic is used to measure the radial magnetic pitch-angle profile in neutral-beam-heated plasmas. The diagnostic relies upon the measurement of the polarization direction of Stark-split D-alpha emission from injected fast neutral atoms in a magnetic field. Measurements of the magnetic pitch angle are used with magnetic equilibrium reconstruction codes such as EFIT to calculate the safety factor in shaped plasmas. The MSE diagnostic is important for determining the shape of the q profile to optimize confinement and stability, and it has become a key element in high-performance tokamaks. For the purpose of achieving the high-performance operating region in the Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research KSTAR device, two types of methods are being studied. In KSTAR, a multichord PEM (photo-elastic modulator)-based MSE system is being developed, and an imaging MSE polarimetry system using the coherence imaging technique has been showing promising initial results during the last two KSTAR experimental campaigns in 2012 and 2013, respectively. In this paper, we describe the progress of the KSTAR MSE diagnostics.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1257-1260
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of the Korean Physical Society
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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