The prototype imaging motional Stark effect diagnostic for ASDEX upgrade

O. P. Ford, J. Howard, R. C. Wolf

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    This paper presents the development and testing of the prototype Imaging Motional Stark-Effect (IMSE) diagnostic, designed for ASDEX upgrade. A detailed description of the core hardware, theory of operation, and application to complex MSE spectra are presented and analytical evaluation methods suitable for the required accuracy are developed. The diagnostic is tested with a MSE-like polarised spectrum to assess the accuracy of different modulation modes suggested in previous works. Each is found to have small systematic errors due to non-ideal effects of the components, which must be carefully examined. In particular, the effect of intrinsic contrast that results from imperfect parallelism of the birefringent plates is found to have a strong effect. Methods to mitigate and correct for this are discussed. With the necessary corrections and calibrations, the accuracy of polarisation orientation is shown to be within ±0.2°. The effect of finite ellipticity is examined and the possibility to measure this to an accuracy of ±2.0° is demonstrated. The system is shown to be insensitive to broadband polarised background light, temperature variations, and critically to variations in the details of the MSE spectrum.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number093504
    JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2015


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