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Sample records for multipoint thomson scattering

  1. Multipoint Thomson scattering diagnostic for DIII-D

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hsieh, C. L.; Chase, R.; Deboo, J. C.; Evanko, R. G.; Gohil, P.; Snider, R. T.; Stockdale, R. E.

    1988-02-01

    The multipoint Thomson scattering diagnostic for DIII-D has been in operation since early 1987. Its capability of measuring electron temperatures as low as 50 eV at densities of a few times 10 to the 12th/cu cm and a spatial resolution of 1.4 cm in the plasma edge region has been essential in the study of H-mode plasmas. The major components of the diagnositic system consist of a 10-J ruby laser, many stages of funnel shaped beam baffles, stacks of razor blades for viewing and stray light dumps, two wide-angle lenses for the collection of scattered light through re-entrant window ports with protection shutters, 88 fiber bundles 15 m in length for light transmission to an focal length/1.9 spectrometer, an intensified CCD camera system capable of single photon detection, and a VAX computer for hardware control and data processing. The input end of the fiber bundle is made demountable so the view locations can be reconfigured to optimize the spatial resolution for the plasma region of interest.

  2. Multipoint Thomson scattering diagnostic for DIII-D

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hsieh, C. L.; Chase, R.; DeBoo, J. C.; Evanko, R. G.; Gohil, P.; Snider, R. T.; Stockdale, R. E.

    1988-08-01

    The multipoint Thomson scattering diagnostic for DIII-D has been in operation since early 1987. Its capability of measuring electron temperatures as low as 50 eV at densities of a few times 1012 cm-3 and a spatial resolution of 1.4 cm in the plasma edge region has been essential in the study of H-mode plasmas. The major components of the diagnostic system consist of a 10-J ruby laser, many stages of funnel-shaped beam baffles, stacks of razor blades for viewing and stray light dumps, two wide-angle lenses for the collection of scattered light through reentrant window ports with protection shutters, 88 fiber bundles 15 m in length for light transmission to an f/1.9 spectrometer, an intensified CCD camera system capable of single-photon detection, and a VAX computer for hardware control and data processing. The input end of the fiber bundle is made demountable so the view locations can be reconfigured to optimize the spatial resolution for the plasma region of interest.

  3. Multipoint Thomson scattering diagnostic for DIII-D

    SciTech Connect

    Hsieh, C.L.; Chase, R.; DeBoo, J.C.; Evanko, R.G.; Gohil, P.; Snider, R.T.; Stockdale, R.E.

    1988-08-01

    The multipoint Thomson scattering diagnostic for DIII-D has been in operation since early 1987. Its capability of measuring electron temperatures as low as 50 eV at densities of a few times 10/sup 12/ cm/sup -3/ and a spatial resolution of 1.4 cm in the plasma edge region has been essential in the study of H-mode plasmas. The major components of the diagnostic system consist of a 10-J ruby laser, many stages of funnel-shaped beam baffles, stacks of razor blades for viewing and stray light dumps, two wide-angle lenses for the collection of scattered light through reentrant window ports with protection shutters, 88 fiber bundles 15 m in length for light transmission to an f/1.9 spectrometer, an intensified CCD camera system capable of single-photon detection, and a VAX computer for hardware control and data processing. The input end of the fiber bundle is made demountable so the view locations can be reconfigured to optimize the spatial resolution for the plasma region of interest.

  4. Multipoint Thomson scattering diagnostic for DIII-D

    SciTech Connect

    Hsieh, C.L.; Chase, R.; DeBoo, J.C.; Evanko, R.G.; Gohil, P.; Snider, R.T.; Stockdale, R.E.

    1988-02-01

    The multipoint Thomson scattering diagnostic for DIII-D has been in operation since early 1987. Its capability of measuring electron temperatures as low as 50 eV at densities of a few times 10/sup 12/ cm/sup -3/ and a spatial resolution of 1.4 cm in the plasma edge region has been essential in the study of H-mode plasmas. The major components of the diagnositic system consist of a 10-J ruby laser, many stages of funnel shaped beam baffles, stacks of razor blades for viewing and stray light dumps, two wide-angle lenses for the collection of scattered light through re-entrant window ports with protection shutters, 88 fiber bundles 15 m in length for light transmission to an /line integral/1.9 spectrometer, an intensified CCD camera system capable of single photon detection, and a VAX computer for hardware control and data processing. The input end of the fiber bundle is made demountable so the view locations can be reconfigured to optimize the spatial resolution for the plasma region of interest. 2 refs., 7 figs.

  5. Multipoint Thomson Scattering Diagnostic For The TCABR Tokamak With Centimeter Spatial Resolution

    SciTech Connect

    Alonso, M. P.; Varandas, C. A. F.; Berni, L. A.; Severo, J. H.; Borges, F. O.; Elizondo, J. I.; Galvao, R. M. O.; Machida, M.

    2008-04-07

    This paper describes a multi-point Thomson scattering system that is being developed for the TCABR tokamak based on a signal delay technique, which allows the determination of the electron temperature and plasma density radial profiles, with approximately 1 cm spatial resolution, employing just one spectrometer.

  6. Public Data Set: Control and Automation of the Pegasus Multi-point Thomson Scattering System

    DOE Data Explorer

    Bodner, Grant M. [University of Wisconsin-Madison] (ORCID:0000000324979172); Bongard, Michael W. [University of Wisconsin-Madison] (ORCID:0000000231609746); Fonck, Raymond J. [University of Wisconsin-Madison] (ORCID:0000000294386762); Reusch, Joshua A. [University of Wisconsin-Madison] (ORCID:0000000284249422); Rodriguez Sanchez, Cuauhtemoc [University of Wisconsin-Madison] (ORCID:0000000334712586); Schlossberg, David J. [University of Wisconsin-Madison] (ORCID:0000000287139448)

    2016-08-12

    This public data set contains openly-documented, machine readable digital research data corresponding to figures published in G.M. Bodner et al., 'Control and Automation of the Pegasus Multi-point Thomson Scattering System,' Rev. Sci. Instrum. 87, 11E523 (2016).

  7. Multipoint Thomson scattering diagnostic for the ETE tokamak

    SciTech Connect

    Berni, L.A.; Alonso, M.P.; Oliveira, R.M.

    2004-10-01

    To measure the electron temperature and plasma density profiles on the Experimento Tokamak Esferico tokamak a multiplexed Thomson scattering diagnostic was implemented. The diagnostic is based on a 10 J ruby laser and a single five spectral channel filter polychromator. A collection lens with f/6.3 relay the scattered light from 23 spatial points to optical fibers. The fibers have a monotonous increasing length and are inserted into the polychromator. Between the collection lens and each fiber optic we have a microlens to match the numerical aperture and to enlarge the plasma observation volume. This work describes the project, the simulations, and the preliminary results obtained with the first four optical fibers.

  8. Multi-Point Thomson Scattering First Results in HIT-II Plasmas

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Smith, R. J.; Hamp, W. T.; Liptac, J. E.; Jarboe, T. R.; Nelson, B. A.; Leblanc, B. P.; Phillips, P.

    2000-10-01

    A multi-point Thomson scattering diagnostic has recently been implemented on the Helicity Injected Torus (HIT-II). The HIT-II device is a low-aspect-ratio (R_o=0.3m, a=0.2m) torus with an on-axis toroidal field of up to 0.5 Tesla. The machine configuration allows both inductive current drive and Coaxial Helicity Injection (CHI) current drive operations and has demonstrated plasma currents on the order of 200 kA in either mode. Electron temperature and density profile measurements for both inductive- and CHI-driven plasmas are presented. The Thomson scattering data is discussed in the context of complimentary diagnostics on the HIT-II device, including: a two-chord FIR interferometer; a 16-channel ion Doppler spectrometer; two tangentially-viewing VUV spectrometers; and, finally, a triple Langmuir probe for direct internal measurements.

  9. Public Data Set: A Novel, Cost-Effective, Multi-Point Thomson Scattering System on the Pegasus Toroidal Experiment

    DOE Data Explorer

    Schlossberg, David J. [University of Wisconsin-Madison] (ORCID:0000000287139448); Bodner, Grant M. [University of Wisconsin-Madison] (ORCID:0000000324979172); Reusch, Joshua A. [University of Wisconsin-Madison] (ORCID:0000000284249422); Bongard, Michael W. [University of Wisconsin-Madison] (ORCID:0000000231609746); Fonck, Raymond J. [University of Wisconsin-Madison] (ORCID:0000000294386762); Rodriguez Sanchez, Cuauhtemoc [University of Wisconsin-Madison] (ORCID:0000000334712586)

    2016-08-13

    This public data set contains openly-documented, machine readable digital research data corresponding to figures published in D.J. Schlossberg et. al., 'A Novel, Cost-Effective, Multi-Point Thomson Scattering System on the Pegasus Toroidal Experiment,' accepted for publication in Review of Scientific Instruments.

  10. A parallelized Python based Multi-Point Thomson Scattering analysis in NSTX-U

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Miller, Jared; Diallo, Ahmed; Leblanc, Benoit

    2014-10-01

    Multi-Point Thomson Scattering (MPTS) is a reliable and accurate method of finding the temperature, density, and pressure of a magnetically confined plasma. Nd:YAG (1064 nm) lasers are fired into the plasma with a frequency of 60 Hz, and the light is Doppler shifted by Thomson scattering. Polychromators on the midplane of the tokamak pick up the light at various radii/scattering angles, and the avalanche photodiode's voltages are added to an MDSplus tree for later analysis. This project ports and optimizes the prior serial IDL MPTS code into a well-documented Python package that runs in parallel. Since there are 30 polychromators in the current NSTX setup (12 more will be added when NSTX-U is completed), using parallelism offers vast savings in performance. NumPy and SciPy further accelerate numerical calculations and matrix operations, Matplotlib and PyQt make an intuitive GUI with plots of the output, and Multiprocessing parallelizes the computationally intensive calculations. The Python package was designed with portability and flexibility in mind so it can be adapted for use in any polychromator-based MPTS system.

  11. Multi-point Thomson Scattering First Results on the HIT-II Plasma

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Smith, R. J.; Liptac, J. E.; Jarboe, T. R.; Nelson, B. A.; Leblanc, B. P.; Phillips, P.

    1999-11-01

    A multi-point Thomson scattering diagnostic has recently been implemented on the Helicity Injected Torus--II (HIT--II). The HIT--II device is a low-aspect ratio (Ro = 0.3 m, a = 0.2 m) torus with a 0.5 Tesla field on axis. The machine configuration allows both inductive current drive and Coaxial Helicity Injection (CHI) current drive operations and is capable of producing plasma currents on the order of 200 kA in either mode. Electron temperature and density profile measurements for both inductive and CHI current driven plasmas are presented and discussed along with results from complimentary diagnostics on the HIT--II device --- a two chord FIR interferometer, a 16 channel ion doppler spectrometer and two symmetrically viewing VUV spectrometers.

  12. Operation of the NSTX Thomson Scattering System

    SciTech Connect

    LeBlanc, B.P.; Bell, R.E.; Johnson, D.W.; Hoffman, D.E.; Long, D.C.; and Palladino, R.W.

    2002-09-03

    The NSTX multi-point Thomson scattering system has been in operation for nearly two years and provides routine Te(R,t) and ne(R,t) measurements. The laser beams from two 30-Hz Nd:YAG lasers are imaged by a spherical mirror onto 36 fiber-optics bundles. In the present configuration, the output ends of 20 of these bundles are instrumented with filter polychromators and avalanche photodiode detectors. In this paper, we discuss the laser implementation and the installed collection optics. We follow with examples of raw and analyzed data. We close with some comments about calibration.

  13. Thomson scattering from laser plasmas

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    Moody, J D; Alley, W E; De Groot, J S; Estabrook, K G; Glenzer, S H; Hammer, J H; Jadaud, J P; MacGowan, B J; Rozmus, W; Suter, L J; Williams, E A

    1999-01-12

    Thomson scattering has recently been introduced as a fundamental diagnostic of plasma conditions and basic physical processes in dense, inertial confinement fusion plasmas. Experiments at the Nova laser facility [E. M. Campbell et al., Laser Part. Beams 9, 209 (1991)] have demonstrated accurate temporally and spatially resolved characterization of densities, electron temperatures, and average ionization levels by simultaneously observing Thomson scattered light from ion acoustic and electron plasma (Langmuir) fluctuations. In addition, observations of fast and slow ion acous- tic waves in two-ion species plasmas have also allowed an independent measurement of the ion temperature. These results have motivated the application of Thomson scattering in closed-geometry inertial confinement fusion hohlraums to benchmark integrated radiation-hydrodynamic modeling of fusion plasmas. For this purpose a high energy 4{omega} probe laser was implemented recently allowing ultraviolet Thomson scattering at various locations in high-density gas-filled hohlraum plasmas. In partic- ular, the observation of steep electron temperature gradients indicates that electron thermal transport is inhibited in these gas-filled hohlraums. Hydrodynamic calcula- tions which include an exact treatment of large-scale magnetic fields are in agreement with these findings. Moreover, the Thomson scattering data clearly indicate axial stagnation in these hohlraums by showing a fast rise of the ion temperature. Its timing is in good agreement with calculations indicating that the stagnating plasma will not deteriorate the implosion of the fusion capsules in ignition experiments.

  14. Scaling Thomson scattering to big machines

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bílková, P.; Walsh, M.; Böhm, P.; Bassan, M.; Aftanas, M.; Pánek, R.

    2016-03-01

    Thomson scattering is a widely used diagnostic tool for local measurement of both electron temperature and electron density. It is used for both low and high temperature plasmas and it is a key diagnostic on all fusion devices. The extremely low cross-section of the reaction increases the complexity of the design. Since the early days of fusion, when a simple single point measurement was used, the design moved to a multi-point system with a large number of spatial points, LIDAR system or high repetition Thomson scattering diagnostic which are used nowadays. The initial low electron temperature approximation has been replaced by the full relativistic approach necessary for large devices as well as for ITER with expected higher plasma temperature. Along the way, the different development needs and the issues that exist need to be addressed to ensure that the technique is developed sufficiently to handle challenges of the bigger devices of the future as well as current developments needed for ITER. For large devices, the achievement of the necessary temperature range represents an important task. Both high and low temperatures can be measured, however, a large dynamic range makes the design difficult as size of detector and dynamic range are linked together. Therefore, the requirements of the new devices are extending the boundaries of these parameters. Namely, ITER presents challenges as access is also difficult but big efforts have been made to cope with this. This contribution contains a broad review of Thomson scattering diagnostics used in current devices together with comments on recent progress and speculation regarding future developments needed for future large scale devices.

  15. Development of KSTAR Thomson scattering system

    SciTech Connect

    Lee, J. H.; Oh, S. T.; Wi, H. M.

    2010-10-15

    To measure the electron temperature (T{sub e}) and electron density (n{sub e}) profiles in the Korean Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) device for the KSTAR third campaign (September 2010), we designed and installed a Thomson scattering system. The KSTAR Thomson scattering system is designed as a tangential Thomson scattering system and utilizes the N-, L-, and B-ports. The N-port is designed for the collection optics with a cassette system, the L-port is the laser input port, and the B-port is the location of the beam dump. In this paper, we will describe the final design of the KSTAR Thomson scattering system.

  16. Design of Thomson Scattering Diagnostic for HIT-SI

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Morgan, Kyle; Fryett, Taylor; Golingo, Raymond; Jarboe, Tom; Victor, Brian

    2012-10-01

    Steady Inductive Helicity Injection (SIHI) is used to create a spheromak inside the HIT-SI machine. A multi-point Thomson scattering diagnostic has been designed and is under construction for the HIT-SI experiment. The system uses a 20J Ruby Laser with 20ns pulse length. The collection system allows for eight spatial measurement locations, with four being active at any time. Four polychromators are being used to spectrally resolve the scattered light. Present Langmuir probe measurements show an electron temperature of about 12eV, within the range the polychromators can resolve. Properties of system and expected measurement are given.

  17. Quantum theory of Thomson scattering

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Crowley, B. J. B.; Gregori, G.

    2014-12-01

    The general theory of the scattering of electromagnetic radiation in atomic plasmas and metals, in the non-relativistic regime, in which account is taken of the Kramers-Heisenberg polarization terms in the Hamiltonian, is described from a quantum mechanical viewpoint. As well as deriving the general formula for the double differential Thomson scattering cross section in an isotropic finite temperature multi-component system, this work also considers closely related phenomena such as absorption, refraction, Raman scattering, resonant (Rayleigh) scattering and Bragg scattering, and derives many essential relationships between these quantities. In particular, the work introduces the concept of scattering strength and the strength-density field which replaces the normal particle density field in the standard treatment of scattering by a collection of similar particles and it is the decomposition of the strength-density correlation function into more familiar-looking components that leads to the final result. Comparisons are made with previous work, in particular that of Chihara [1].

  18. Alpha particle collective Thomson scattering in TFTR

    SciTech Connect

    Machuzak, J.S.; Woskov, P.P.; Rhee, D.Y.; Gilmore, J.; Bretz, N.L.; Park, H.K.; Aamodt, R.E.; Cheung, P.Y.; Russell, D.A.; Bindslev, H.

    1993-11-01

    A collective Thomson scattering diagnostic is being implemented on TFTR to measure alpha particle, energetic and thermal ion densities and velocity distributions. A 60 GHz, 0.1-1 kW gyrotron will be used as the transmitter source, and the scattering geometry will be perpendicular to the magnetic field in the extraordinary mode polarization. An enhanced scattered signal is anticipated from fluctuations in the lower hybrid frequency range with this scattering geometry. Millimeter wave collective Thomson scattering diagnostics have the advantage of larger scattering angles to decrease the amount of stray light, and long, high power, modulated pulses to obtain improved signal to noise through synchronous detection techniques.

  19. Thomson scattering on inhomogeneous targets

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    Thiele, R.; Sperling, P.; Bornath, Th.; Kraeft, W.-D.; Redmer, R.; Chen, M.; Faeustlin, R. R.; Toleikis, S.; Fortmann, C.; Glenzer, S. H.; Pukhov, A.; Tschentscher, Th.

    2010-11-15

    The introduction of brilliant free-electron lasers enables new pump-probe experiments to characterize warm dense matter states. For instance, a short-pulse optical laser irradiates a liquid hydrogen jet that is subsequently probed with brilliant soft x-ray radiation. The strongly inhomogeneous plasma prepared by the optical laser is characterized with particle-in-cell simulations. The interaction of the soft x-ray probe radiation for different time delays between pump and probe with the inhomogeneous plasma is also taken into account via radiative hydrodynamic simulations. We calculate the respective scattering spectrum based on the Born-Mermin approximation for the dynamic structure factor considering the full density and temperature-dependent Thomson scattering cross section throughout the target. We can identify plasmon modes that are generated in different target regions and monitor their temporal evolution. Therefore, such pump-probe experiments are promising tools not only to measure the important plasma parameters density and temperature but also to gain valuable information about their time-dependent profile through the target. The method described here can be applied to various pump-probe scenarios by combining optical lasers and soft x ray, as well as x-ray sources.

  20. Thomson scattering on inhomogeneous targets.

    PubMed

    Thiele, R; Sperling, P; Chen, M; Bornath, Th; Fäustlin, R R; Fortmann, C; Glenzer, S H; Kraeft, W-D; Pukhov, A; Toleikis, S; Tschentscher, Th; Redmer, R

    2010-11-01

    The introduction of brilliant free-electron lasers enables new pump-probe experiments to characterize warm dense matter states. For instance, a short-pulse optical laser irradiates a liquid hydrogen jet that is subsequently probed with brilliant soft x-ray radiation. The strongly inhomogeneous plasma prepared by the optical laser is characterized with particle-in-cell simulations. The interaction of the soft x-ray probe radiation for different time delays between pump and probe with the inhomogeneous plasma is also taken into account via radiative hydrodynamic simulations. We calculate the respective scattering spectrum based on the Born-Mermin approximation for the dynamic structure factor considering the full density and temperature-dependent Thomson scattering cross section throughout the target. We can identify plasmon modes that are generated in different target regions and monitor their temporal evolution. Therefore, such pump-probe experiments are promising tools not only to measure the important plasma parameters density and temperature but also to gain valuable information about their time-dependent profile through the target. The method described here can be applied to various pump-probe scenarios by combining optical lasers and soft x ray, as well as x-ray sources. PMID:21230599

  1. Thomson Scattering Lineshape Fitting for Plasma Diagnostics

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

    1994-02-04

    HFIT30 is used for interpreting lineshape (intensity versus frequency) data from Thomson and Rayleigh light scattering from a plasma, to obtain temperatures and number densities of the component species in the plasma.

  2. Relativistic Thomson Scatter from Factor Calculation

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

    2009-11-01

    The purpose of this program is calculate the fully relativistic Thomson scatter from factor in unmagnetized plasmas. Such calculations are compared to experimental diagnoses of plasmas at such facilities as the Jupiter laser facility here a LLNL.

  3. Thomson-scattering systems on TMX

    SciTech Connect

    Goodman, R.K.; Clauser, J.F.; Frank, A.M.; Goerz, D.A.; Lang, D.D.

    1982-01-30

    This report summarizes the criteria and designs that were used for the two TMX Thomson-scattering systems. It describes the optical, mechanical, electronic, and computer analysis features of these installations. A brief discussion of general Thomson-scattering principles and sensitivity limits is given. Also included are some plasma electron temperature and density measurements from TMX that were obtained through the use of these systems.

  4. Radiation Reaction and Thomson Scattering

    SciTech Connect

    Koga, James

    2007-07-11

    In recent years high power high irradiance lasers of peta-watt order have been or are under construction. In addition, in the next 10 years lasers of unprecedented powers, exa-watt, could be built If lasers such as these are focused to very small spot sizes, extremely high laser irradiances will be achieved. When electrons interact with such a laser, they become highly relativistic over very short time and spatial scales. Usually the motion of an electron under the influence of electromagnetic fields is influenced to a small extent by radiation emission from acceleration. However, under such violent acceleration the amount of radiation emitted by electrons can become so large that significant damping of the electron motion by the emission of this radiation can occur. In this lecture note we will study this problem of radiation reaction by first showing how the equations of motion are obtained. Then, we will examine the problems with such equations and what approximations are made. We will specifically examine the effects of radiation reaction on the Thomson scattering of radiation from counter-streaming laser pulses and high energy electrons through the numerical integration of the equations of motion. We will briefly address the fundamental physics, which can be addressed by using such high irradiance lasers interacting with high energy electrons.

  5. Theory of Thomson scattering in inhomogeneous media

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kozlowski, P. M.; Crowley, B. J. B.; Gericke, D. O.; Regan, S. P.; Gregori, G.

    2016-04-01

    Thomson scattering of laser light is one of the most fundamental diagnostics of plasma density, temperature and magnetic fields. It relies on the assumption that the properties in the probed volume are homogeneous and constant during the probing time. On the other hand, laboratory plasmas are seldom uniform and homogeneous on the temporal and spatial dimensions over which data is collected. This is particularly true for laser-produced high-energy-density matter, which often exhibits steep gradients in temperature, density and pressure, on a scale determined by the laser focus. Here, we discuss the modification of the cross section for Thomson scattering in fully-ionized media exhibiting steep spatial inhomogeneities and/or fast temporal fluctuations. We show that the predicted Thomson scattering spectra are greatly altered compared to the uniform case, and may lead to violations of detailed balance. Therefore, careful interpretation of the spectra is necessary for spatially or temporally inhomogeneous systems.

  6. Theory of Thomson scattering in inhomogeneous media.

    PubMed

    Kozlowski, P M; Crowley, B J B; Gericke, D O; Regan, S P; Gregori, G

    2016-01-01

    Thomson scattering of laser light is one of the most fundamental diagnostics of plasma density, temperature and magnetic fields. It relies on the assumption that the properties in the probed volume are homogeneous and constant during the probing time. On the other hand, laboratory plasmas are seldom uniform and homogeneous on the temporal and spatial dimensions over which data is collected. This is particularly true for laser-produced high-energy-density matter, which often exhibits steep gradients in temperature, density and pressure, on a scale determined by the laser focus. Here, we discuss the modification of the cross section for Thomson scattering in fully-ionized media exhibiting steep spatial inhomogeneities and/or fast temporal fluctuations. We show that the predicted Thomson scattering spectra are greatly altered compared to the uniform case, and may lead to violations of detailed balance. Therefore, careful interpretation of the spectra is necessary for spatially or temporally inhomogeneous systems. PMID:27068215

  7. Theory of Thomson scattering in inhomogeneous media

    PubMed Central

    Kozlowski, P. M.; Crowley, B. J. B.; Gericke, D. O.; Regan, S. P.; Gregori, G.

    2016-01-01

    Thomson scattering of laser light is one of the most fundamental diagnostics of plasma density, temperature and magnetic fields. It relies on the assumption that the properties in the probed volume are homogeneous and constant during the probing time. On the other hand, laboratory plasmas are seldom uniform and homogeneous on the temporal and spatial dimensions over which data is collected. This is particularly true for laser-produced high-energy-density matter, which often exhibits steep gradients in temperature, density and pressure, on a scale determined by the laser focus. Here, we discuss the modification of the cross section for Thomson scattering in fully-ionized media exhibiting steep spatial inhomogeneities and/or fast temporal fluctuations. We show that the predicted Thomson scattering spectra are greatly altered compared to the uniform case, and may lead to violations of detailed balance. Therefore, careful interpretation of the spectra is necessary for spatially or temporally inhomogeneous systems. PMID:27068215

  8. Thomson scattering in short pulse laser experiments

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    Hill, E. G.; Rose, S. J.

    2012-08-15

    Thomson scattering is well used as a diagnostic in many areas of high energy density physics. In this paper, we quantitatively demonstrate the practicality of using Thomson scattering as a diagnostic of short-pulse laser-plasma experiments in the regime, where the plasmas probed are at solid density and have temperatures of many hundreds of eV using a backlighter produced with an optical laser. This method allows a diagnosis both spatially and temporally of the density and temperature distributions in high energy density laser-plasma interactions which is independent from, and would act as a useful complement to, the existing spectroscopic methods.

  9. Recent improvements in Thomson scattering data analysis

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    Tillack, M.S.; Lazarus, E.A.

    1980-04-01

    A new profile analysis package for use with the Thomson scattering data on ISX-B has recently been implemented. The primary feature of this package is a weighted least squares fitting of temperature and density data to generate a representative curve, as opposed to the previous hand-fitting technique. The changes will automate the manner in which data are transmitted and manipulated, without affecting the calculational techniques previously used. The computer programs have also been used to estimate the sensitivity of various plasma quantities to the accuracy of the Thomson scattering data.

  10. Thomson Scattering Measurements on HIT-SI3

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Everson, C. J.; Morgan, K. D.; Jarboe, T. R.

    2015-11-01

    A multi-point Thomson Scattering diagnostic has been implemented on HIT-SI3 (Helicity Injected Torus - Steady Inductive 3) to measure electron temperature. The HIT-SI3 experiment is a modification of the original HIT-SI apparatus that uses three injectors instead of two. This modification alters the configuration of magnetic fields and thus the plasma behavior in the device. The scientific aim of HIT-SI3 is to develop a deeper understanding of how injector behavior and interactions influence current drive and plasma performance in the spheromak. The Thomson Scattering system includes a 20 J (1 GW pulse) Ruby laser that provides the incident beam, and collection optics that are installed such that measurements can be taken at four spatial locations in HIT-SI3 plasmas. For each measurement point, a 3-channel polychromator is used to detect the relative level of scattering. These measurements allow for the presence of temperature gradients in the spheromak to be investigated. Preliminary HIT-SI3 temperature data are presented and can be compared to predictions from computational models. Work supported by the D.O.E.

  11. Pulsed Laser Nonlinear Thomson Scattering for General Scattering Geometries

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    Geoffrey Krafft; A. Doyuran; James Rosenzweig

    2005-05-01

    In a recent paper it has been shown that single electron Thomson backscatter calculations can be performed including the effects of pulsed high intensity lasers. In this paper we present a more detailed treatment of the problem and present results for more general scattering geometries. In particular, we present new results for 90 degree Thomson scattering. Such geometries have been increasingly studied as X-ray sources of short-pulse radiation. Also, we present a clearer physical basis for these different cases.

  12. Thomson scattering for core plasma on DEMO

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    Mukhin, E. E.; Kurskiev, G. S.; Tolstyakov, S. Yu.; Bukreev, I. M.; Chernakov, P. V.; Kochergin, M. M.; Koval, A. N.; Litvinov, A. E.; Masyukevich, S. V.; Razdobarin, A. G.; Semenov, V. V.; Kukushkin, A. B.; Sdvizhenskii, P. A.; Andrew, P.

    2014-08-21

    This paper describes the challenges of Thomson scattering implementation for core plasma on DEMO and evaluates the capability to measure extremely high electron temperature range 0.5-40keV. A number of solutions to be developed for ITER diagnostics are suggested in consideration of their realization for DEMO. New approaches suggested for DEMO may also be of interest to ITER and currently operating magnetic confinement devices.

  13. Thomson Scattering Density Calibration by Rayleigh and Rotational Raman Scattering on NSTX

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    B.P. LeBlanc

    2008-07-16

    The multi-point Thomson scattering (MPTS) diagnostic measures the profiles of the electron temperature Te(R) and density ne(R) on the horizontal midplane of NSTX. Normal operation makes use of Rayleigh scattering in nitrogen or argon to derive the density profile. While the Rayleigh scattering ne(R) calibration has been validated by comparison with other density measurements and through its correlation with plasma phenomena, it does require dedicated detectors at the laser wavelength in this filter polychromator based diagnostic. The presence of dust and/or stray laser light precludes routine use of these dedicated spectral channels for Thomson scattering measurement. Hence it is of interest to investigate the use of Raman scattering in nitrogen for the purpose of density calibration, since it could free up detection equipment, which could then be used for the instrumentation of additional radial channels. In this paper the viewing optics "geometrical factor" profiles obtained from Rayleigh and Raman scattering are compared. While both techniques agree nominally, residual effects on the order of 10% remain and will be discussed.

  14. Thomson scattering at 250 kHz

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Young, W. C.; Den Hartog, D. J.

    2015-12-01

    Several upgrades have been applied to the high-repetition-rate Thomson scattering diagnostic on the MST experiment, having increased the rate and number of electron temperature measurements. The detector portion of the Thomson scattering system requires 1.5-2.0 J, 10-20 ns laser pulses at 1064 nm. A high-repetition-rate laser produces suitable pulses for short 3-4 pulse bursts with only 3 μs pulse spacing. Alternatively, the laser timing can be optimized to maximize the number of pulses in a single burst, producing up to 44 pulses at a rate of 100 kHz. The laser follows a master oscillator, power amplifier architecture. Upgrades to the laser include: a new acousto-optic modulator chopped CW laser based master oscillator, a sixth power amplifier, optimized Nd doping within Nd:glass amplifiers via optical modeling of the pump chamber, and a yet to be installed new cavity reflector. Additionally, a new long wavelength filter has been added to the Thomson scattering diagnostic's polychromator based detector, allowing possible detection of net electron drift.

  15. Stray light analysis for the Thomson scattering diagnostic of the ETE Tokamak

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    Berni, L. A.; Albuquerque, B. F. C.

    2010-12-15

    Thomson scattering is a well-established diagnostic for measuring local electron temperature and density in fusion plasma, but this technique is particularly difficult to implement due to stray light that can easily mask the scattered signal from plasma. To mitigate this problem in the multipoint Thomson scattering system implemented at the ETE (Experimento Tokamak Esferico) a detailed stray light analysis was performed. The diagnostic system was simulated in ZEMAX software and scattering profiles of the mechanical parts were measured in the laboratory in order to have near realistic results. From simulation, it was possible to identify the main points that contribute to the stray signals and changes in the dump were implemented reducing the stray light signals up to 60 times.

  16. Stray light analysis for the Thomson scattering diagnostic of the ETE Tokamak.

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    Berni, L A; Albuquerque, B F C

    2010-12-01

    Thomson scattering is a well-established diagnostic for measuring local electron temperature and density in fusion plasma, but this technique is particularly difficult to implement due to stray light that can easily mask the scattered signal from plasma. To mitigate this problem in the multipoint Thomson scattering system implemented at the ETE (Experimento Tokamak Esférico) a detailed stray light analysis was performed. The diagnostic system was simulated in ZEMAX software and scattering profiles of the mechanical parts were measured in the laboratory in order to have near realistic results. From simulation, it was possible to identify the main points that contribute to the stray signals and changes in the dump were implemented reducing the stray light signals up to 60 times. PMID:21198020

  17. Thomson scattering in warm dense matter

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    Thiele, R.; Bornath, T.; F"Austlin, R. R.; Fortmann, C.; Glenzer, S.; Gregori, G.; Holst, B.; Tschentscher, T.; Schwarz, V.; Redmer, R.

    2009-11-01

    Free electron lasers employing scattering of high-brilliant, coherent photons in the extreme ultraviolet (VUV), e.g. at FLASH (DESY Hamburg) or LCLS (Stanford), allow for a systematic study of basic plasma properties in the region of warm dense matter (WDM). WDM is characterized by condensed matter-like densities and temperatures of several eV. Collective Thomson scattering with VUV or x-ray has demonstrated its capacity for robust measurements of the free electron density and temperature in WDM. Collective excitations like plasmons (``electron feature'') appear as maxima in the scattering signal. The respective frequencies can be related to the free electron density. Furthermore, the asymmetry of the red- and blue shifted plasmon intensity gives the electron temperature due to detailed balance. We treat collective Thomson scattering in the Born-Mermin-approximation which includes collisions and present a generalized Gross-Bohm dispersion for plasmas. The influence of plasma inhomogeneities on the scattering spectrum is studied by comparing density and temperature averaged scattering signals with calculations assuming homogeneous targets. For the ``ion feature,'' results of semi-classical hypernetted chain (HNC) calculations and of quantum molecular dynamics simulations are shown for dense beryllium.

  18. Collection optics design for KSTAR Thomson scattering system

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    Oh, S.; Lee, J. H.

    2010-10-15

    The collection optics designs are described for the Thomson scattering diagnostic of the Korea superconducting tokamak advanced research (KSTAR) device. The optical systems collecting the light emission induced through the interaction between the plasma electrons and a laser beam are key components for the Thomson scattering system. A duo-lens system was examined, and the final optical designs were derived for Thomson scattering diagnostic of KSTAR.

  19. Thomson scattering from inertial confinement fusion plasmas

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    Glenzer, S.H.; Back, C.A.; Suter, L.J.

    1997-07-08

    Thomson scattering has been developed at the Nova laser facility as a direct and accurate diagnostic to characterize inertial confinement fusion plasmas. Flat disks coated with thin multilayers of gold and beryllium were with one laser beam to produce a two ion species plasma with a controlled amount of both species. Thomson scattering spectra from these plasmas showed two ion acoustic waves belonging to gold and beryllium. The phase velocities of the ion acoustic waves are shown to be a sensitive function of the relative concentrations of the two ion species and are in good agreement with theoretical calculations. These open geometry experiments further show that an accurate measurement of the ion temperature can be derived from the relative damping of the two ion acoustic waves. Subsequent Thomson scattering measurements from methane-filled, ignition-relevant hohlraums apply the theory for two ion species plasmas to obtain the electron and ion temperatures with high accuracy. The experimental data provide a benchmark for two-dimensional hydrodynamic simulations using LASNEX, which is presently in use to predict the performance of future megajoule laser driven hohlraums of the National Ignition Facility (NIF). The data are consistent with modeling using significantly inhibited heat transport at the peak of the drive. Applied to NIF targets, this flux limitation has little effect on x- ray production. The spatial distribution of x-rays is slightly modified but optimal symmetry can be re-established by small changes in power balance or pointing. Furthermore, we find that stagnating plasma regions on the hohlraum axis are well described by the calculations. This result implies that stagnation in gas-filled hohlraums occurs too late to directly affect the capsule implosion in ignition experiments.

  20. MFTF Thomson scattering: a system study

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    Frank, A.M.

    1980-09-11

    This report documents the design effort for a Thomson scattering diagnostic system for MFTF. The principal problem is obtaining enough photons, in the presence of a poorly known background, to make satisfactory measurements. No currently available laser will yield enough photons to do this. Design concepts for imaging and detection are discussed. The ability of components to survive in the high-radiation environment of MFTF is identified as an important problem. The transition to MFTF-B makes many of the problems identified here more serious.

  1. The PBX-M Thomson scattering system

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    LeBlanc, B.; Bell, R.; Dimock, D.; Duperrex, P.; Felt, J.; Palladino, R.; Tolnas, E. )

    1990-10-01

    The PBX-M Thomson scattering system is reviewed after its first 9 months of operation. The system measures {ital T}{sub {ital e}}({ital R}) and {ital n}{sub {ital e}}({ital R}) at 55 radial points on the horizontal midplane with a spatial resolution of {le}1.1 cm. The scattered light is collected by a Bouwers concentric mirror system and imaged onto 12-m-long fiber bundles. A composite entrance slit is used to optimize the system performance. The synchronization between the scattered light and detector gate is done via a laser-triggered spark gap. A penetration in the indentation coil allows the (ruby) laser beam to be dumped away from the plasma chamber. Other aspects of the system will be discussed.

  2. Spatial Expansion and Automation of the Pegasus Thomson Scattering Diagnostic System

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    Bodner, G. M.; Bongard, M. W.; Fonck, R. J.; Reusch, J. A.; Schlossberg, D. J.; Winz, G. R.

    2015-11-01

    The Pegasus Thomson scattering diagnostic system has recently undergone modifications to increase the spatial range of the diagnostic and automate the Thomson data collection process. Two multichannel spectrometers have been added to the original configuration, providing a total of 24 data channels to view the plasma volume. The new system configuration allows for observation of three distinct regions of the plasma: the local helicity injection (LHI) source (R ~ 67-73.8 cm), the plasma edge (R ~ 51.5-57.6 cm), and the plasma core (R ~ 35-41.1 cm). Each spectrometer utilizes a volume-phase holographic (VPH) grating and a gated-intensified CCD camera. The edge and the LHI spectrometers have been fitted with low-temperature VPH gratings to cover Te = 10 - 100 eV, while the core spectrometer has been fitted with a high-temperature VPH grating to cover Te = 0 . 1 - 1 . 0 keV. The additional spectrometers have been calibrated to account for detector flatness, detector linearity, and vignetting. Operation of the Thomson system has been overhauled to utilize LabVIEW software to synchronize the major components of the Thomson system with the Pegasus shot cycle and to provide intra-shot beam alignment. Multi-point Thomson scattering measurements will be obtained in the aforementioned regions of LHI and Ohmic discharges and will be compared to Langmuir probe measurements. Work supported by US DOE grant DE-FG02-96ER54375.

  3. Thomson scattering of polarized photons in an intense laser beam

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    Byung Yunn

    2006-02-21

    We present a theoretical analysis of the Thomson scattering of linearly and circularly polarized photons from a pulsed laser by electrons. The analytical expression for the photon distribution functions presented in this paper should be useful to designers of Thomson scattering experiments.

  4. Conceptual design of a divertor Thomson scattering diagnostic for NSTX-U.

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    McLean, A G; Soukhanovskii, V A; Allen, S L; Carlstrom, T N; LeBlanc, B P; Ono, M; Stratton, B C

    2014-11-01

    A conceptual design for a divertor Thomson scattering (DTS) diagnostic has been developed for the NSTX-U device to operate in parallel with the existing multipoint Thomson scattering system. Higher projected peak heat flux in NSTX-U will necessitate application of advanced magnetics geometries and divertor detachment. Interpretation and modeling of these divertor scenarios will depend heavily on local measurement of electron temperature, Te, and density, ne, which DTS provides in a passive manner. The DTS design for NSTX-U adopts major elements from the successful DIII-D DTS system including 7-channel polychromators measuring Te to 0.5 eV. If implemented on NSTX-U, the divertor TS system would provide an invaluable diagnostic for the boundary program to characterize the edge plasma. PMID:25430390

  5. Conceptual design of a divertor Thomson scattering diagnostic for NSTX-U

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    McLean, A. G. Soukhanovskii, V. A.; Allen, S. L.; Carlstrom, T. N.; LeBlanc, B. P.; Ono, M.; Stratton, B. C.

    2014-11-15

    A conceptual design for a divertor Thomson scattering (DTS) diagnostic has been developed for the NSTX-U device to operate in parallel with the existing multipoint Thomson scattering system. Higher projected peak heat flux in NSTX-U will necessitate application of advanced magnetics geometries and divertor detachment. Interpretation and modeling of these divertor scenarios will depend heavily on local measurement of electron temperature, T{sub e}, and density, n{sub e}, which DTS provides in a passive manner. The DTS design for NSTX-U adopts major elements from the successful DIII-D DTS system including 7-channel polychromators measuring T{sub e} to 0.5 eV. If implemented on NSTX-U, the divertor TS system would provide an invaluable diagnostic for the boundary program to characterize the edge plasma.

  6. MAST YAG Thomson scattering upgrade alignment system

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    Figueiredo, J.; Serra, F.; Naylor, G.; Walsh, M.; Dunstan, M.; Scannell, R.

    2010-10-15

    The recent upgrade to the MAST YAG Thomson scattering while enhancing the diagnostic capabilities increased the complexity of the system. There are eight YAG lasers now operational, doubling the number from the previous setup. This means alignment between each laser individually and reference points is essential to guarantee data quality and diagnostic reliability. To address this issue an alignment system was recently installed. It mimics the beams alignment in MAST by sampling 1% of the laser beam that is sent into a telescope which demagnifies by a factor of 8. The demagnified beam is viewed with a CCD camera. By scanning the camera the profile and position of the beams in the scattering zone and in a range of several meters inside MAST can be determined. Therefore alignment is checked along the beam path without having to sample it inside the vessel. The experimental apparatus and test procedures are described.

  7. Commissioning of Thomson Scattering on the PEGASUS Toroidal Experiment

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    Schlossberg, D. J.; Fonck, R. J.; Peguero, L. M.; Winz, G. R.

    2013-10-01

    A new multipoint Thomson scattering diagnostic has been installed on the PEGASUS Toroidal Experiment. It employs a frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser (λ0 = 532 nm) and spectrometers using volume phase holographic gratings and gated, intensified CCD cameras. Spectral, temporal and intensity calibrations of the spectrometer systems were conducted. Sources of laser energy loss were identified and reduced, beam termination was optimized to minimize reflections during collection time, and inter-shot alignment monitoring was installed. Rayleigh and Raman calibration efforts revealed significant stray light from in-vessel reflections; hence, a vacuum-compatible optical baffling system was designed, fabricated, and is being installed. Operation of the diagnostic will support characterization of helicity dissipation mechanisms and confinement scaling during local DC helicity injection startup on PEGASUS. Additionally, H-mode temperature and density profiles will be obtained to support equilibrium reconstructions and stability studies of ELMs in the H-mode plasma edge. Initial measurements will be conducted with an 8-spatial channel array; expansion to 24 channels is in progress. Work supported by US DOE Grant DE-FG02-96ER54375.

  8. Implementation of a Thomson Scattering Diagnostic on Pegasus

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    Schlossberg, D. J.; Dowd, A. S.; Fonck, R. J.; Moritz, J. I.; Schoenbeck, N. L.; Winz, G. R.

    2011-10-01

    The multipoint Thomson scattering system on PEGASUS will diagnose point-source helicity-driven plasmas, including dominant particle transport mechanisms and sources of helicity dissipation. Helicity-driven plasmas are estimated to have áTe ñ ~ 50 eV for stochastic field line confinement and ~200 eV for standard Ohmic closed flux surface confinement. To accurately characterize these regimes, a novel system is being designed, installed, and calibrated. A Nd:YAG laser is frequency doubled to provide a 9 ns, 2 J pulse radially across the plasma. Remote alignment of steering mirrors can be performed between shots along the 6 m length of the external laser beam-line. The 532 nm laser beam is focused to a <= 3 mm diameter beam within the plasma. Plasma background measurements are made simultaneously with data collection. A custom optical system collects signal from >70% of the plasma cross-section with 1.4 cm radial resolution. Optical fibers relay light to a high-efficiency volume phase holographic grating spectrometer coupled to a high quantum efficiency image intensified CCD camera, gated at >= 2 ns. Signal levels for plasmas with ne >1018 m-3 and 10 eV

  9. Radial resolution enhancement of the NSTX Thomson scattering diagnostic

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    LeBlanc, B. P.; Diallo, A.; Labik, G.; Stevens, D. R.

    2012-10-15

    Current magnetic confinement plasma physics research has increased the demand for radial resolution in profile diagnostics, in particular in the edge and pedestal regions. On NSTX, an upgrade of the existing multi-point Thomson scattering diagnostic has been implemented in order to respond to the research program needs. Twelve new radial channels have been added bringing the total number of positions to 42. Four previously un-instrumented fiber bundles were put in service. Eight existing 'active' fiber bundles were divided in two sub-bundles each in order to increase spatial resolution. Twelve radial channels now cover the pedestal region with a resolution near one centimeter. Fifteen radial channels cover the core and internal transport barrier regions. Two additional channels were added, one near the inner edge and one in the outer scrape-off layer. The intersection of the focused viewing optics field of view with a finite-width laser beam results in major-radius cross talk between adjacent fiber sub-bundles. A discussion and calculation of the cross talk will be presented.

  10. Recent electron temperature and density results from the ATF Thomson scattering system

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    Rasmussen, D.A.; England, A.C.; Murakami, M.; Howe, H.C.; Clark, T.L.; Kindsfather, R.R.; Rayburn, T.M.; Stewart, K.A.; Rogers, P.S.; Bell, G.L.

    1989-01-01

    A spatial multipoint Thomson scattering system has been developed for the Advanced Toroidal Facility (ATF) torsatron. The system measures temperature and density at 15 vertical locations on a vertical chord for each laser shot (one per plasma discharge). By remotely relocating the laser beam and reconfiguring the viewing optics during a series of ATF discharges, a two-dimensional (2-D) electron temperature and density map of the plasma cross section can be obtained. Results obtained with this system during ATF operation in 1988 and early 1989 are presented. 7 refs., 6 figs.

  11. Signal evaluations using singular value decomposition for Thomson scattering diagnostics.

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    Tojo, H; Yamada, I; Yasuhara, R; Yatsuka, E; Funaba, H; Hatae, T; Hayashi, H; Itami, K

    2014-11-01

    This paper provides a novel method for evaluating signal intensities in incoherent Thomson scattering diagnostics. A double-pass Thomson scattering system, where a laser passes through the plasma twice, generates two scattering pulses from the plasma. Evaluations of the signal intensities in the spectrometer are sometimes difficult due to noise and stray light. We apply the singular value decomposition method to Thomson scattering data with strong noise components. Results show that the average accuracy of the measured electron temperature (Te) is superior to that of temperature obtained using a low-pass filter (<20 MHz) or without any filters. PMID:25430278

  12. Signal evaluations using singular value decomposition for Thomson scattering diagnostics

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    Tojo, H. Yatsuka, E.; Hatae, T.; Itami, K.; Yamada, I.; Yasuhara, R.; Funaba, H.; Hayashi, H.

    2014-11-15

    This paper provides a novel method for evaluating signal intensities in incoherent Thomson scattering diagnostics. A double-pass Thomson scattering system, where a laser passes through the plasma twice, generates two scattering pulses from the plasma. Evaluations of the signal intensities in the spectrometer are sometimes difficult due to noise and stray light. We apply the singular value decomposition method to Thomson scattering data with strong noise components. Results show that the average accuracy of the measured electron temperature (T{sub e}) is superior to that of temperature obtained using a low-pass filter (<20 MHz) or without any filters.

  13. A compact multichannel spectrometer for Thomson scattering

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    Schoenbeck, N. L.; Schlossberg, D. J.; Dowd, A. S.; Fonck, R. J.; Winz, G. R.

    2012-10-15

    The availability of high-efficiency volume phase holographic (VPH) gratings and intensified CCD (ICCD) cameras have motivated a simplified, compact spectrometer for Thomson scattering detection. Measurements of T{sub e} < 100 eV are achieved by a 2971 l/mm VPH grating and measurements T{sub e} > 100 eV by a 2072 l/mm VPH grating. The spectrometer uses a fast-gated ({approx}2 ns) ICCD camera for detection. A Gen III image intensifier provides {approx}45% quantum efficiency in the visible region. The total read noise of the image is reduced by on-chip binning of the CCD to match the 8 spatial channels and the 10 spectral bins on the camera. Three spectrometers provide a minimum of 12 spatial channels and 12 channels for background subtraction.

  14. Triple grating polychromator for Thomson scattering.

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    Greenwald, M; Smith, W I

    1977-03-01

    A high rejection, high transmission, triple grating polychromator with crossed dispersion has been designed and constructed for Thomson scattering plasma diagnostics. Identical gratings, collimating, and field lenses were used for all three stages. A mechanically convenient arrangement was made possible by using the field lenses to adjust the dispersion of the second stage to the required design value. The transmission in the passband for light polarized perpendicular to the rulings of the grating was measured at 33% for the instrument itself, and at 15% through the instrument and 1.8 m of attached fiber optics. With the 30-nm passband set 4-34-nm wavelengths away from the ruby laser line, the order of 10(-11) of 694-nm light incident in the input slit was present in each 3-nm wide output channel, giving a relative rejection factor of 10(-10). PMID:20168547

  15. Dense Matter Characterization by X-ray Thomson Scattering

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    Landen, O L; Glenzer, S H; Edwards, M J; Lee, R W; Collins, G W; Cauble, R C; Hsing, W W; Hammel, B A

    2000-12-29

    We discuss the extension of the powerful technique of Thomson scattering to the x-ray regime for providing an independent measure of plasma parameters for dense plasmas. By spectrally-resolving the scattering, the coherent (Rayleigh) unshifted scattering component can be separated from the incoherent Thomson component, which is both Compton and Doppler shifted. The free electron density and temperature can then be inferred from the spectral shape of the high frequency Thomson scattering component. In addition, as the plasma temperature is decreased, the electron velocity distribution as measured by incoherent Thomson scattering will make a transition from the traditional Gaussian Boltzmann distribution to a density-dependent parabolic Fermi distribution to. We also present a discussion for a proof-of-principle experiment appropriate for a high energy laser facility.

  16. Thomson Scattering Measurements of Plasma Dynamics

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    Holl, A; Redmer, R; Tschentscher, T; Toleikis, S; Forster, E; Cao, L; Glenzer, S H; Neumayer, P

    2006-03-29

    The authors propose to investigate the dynamics of plasmas in the warm dense matter (WDM) regime on ultra-short time scales. Accessible plasma conditions are in the density range of n = 10{sup 20} - 10{sup 23} cm{sup -3} and at moderate temperatures of T = 1 - 20 eV. These plasmas are of importance for laboratory astrophysics, high energy density science and inertial confinement fusion. They are characterized by a coupling parameter of {Lambda} {approx}> 1, where electromagnetic interactions are of the same order as the kinetic energy. The high density of the plasma makes it opaque to radiation in the visible range and, as a consequence, UV up to x-ray radiation can be used to probe such systems. Therefore a wide range in the temperature-density plane of WDM is presently unexplored and only the VUV-FEL opens for the first time the opportunity for its detailed investigation. In equilibrium, the macroscopic state of the plasma is completely characterized by its density and temperature. In pump-probe experiments however, the plasma is initially in a nonequilibrium state and relaxes towards equilibrium within the relaxation time {tau}{sub R}. For t > {tau}{sub R}, the plasma is in an equilibrium state and expands hydrodynamically on a time scale {tau}{sub H}. The proposed experiment measures the time-resolved Thomson scattering signal with the VUV-FEL radiation characterizing the plasma in equilibrium and nonequilibrium states. Both regimes are extremely interesting and will provide new insight into the following phenomena: (1) details of nonequilibrium correlations, (2) relaxation phenomena, (3) hydrodynamic expansion, (4) recombination kinetics. The time-resolved Thomson scattering signal is obtained in a pump-probe experiment by varying the delay between pump and probe. The final stage of the relaxation process (t {approx} {tau}{sub R}) is of special interest since the plasma components (electrons and ion species) can be assumed to be in quasi-equilibrium. This

  17. Upgrades to the MST Thomson scattering diagnostic

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    Kubala, S. Z.; Borchardt, M. T.; den Hartog, D. J.; Holly, D. J.; Jacobson, C. M.; Morton, L. A.; Young, W. C.

    2015-11-01

    The Thomson scattering diagnostic on MST records both equilibrium and fluctuating electron temperature with a range capability of 10 eV to 5 keV. Standard operation with two modified commercial Nd:YAG lasers allows measurements at rates of 1-25 kHz. A new laser system is being commissioned to enable measurements up to 250 kHz. Other subsystems of the diagnostic are also being improved. The power supplies for the avalanche photodiode detectors (APDs) that record the scattered light are being updated to improve safety, reliability, and maintainablity. Each of the 144 APDs will have an individual rack-mounted switched supply with bias voltage adjustable to match the APD. Long-wavelength filters (1140 nm center, 80 nm bandwidth) are being added to the polychromators to improve capability to resolve non-Maxwellian distributions and to enable electron-velocity measurement. A supercontinuum pulsed white-light source is being implemented to improve spectral calibration of the polychromators. This work is supported by the US DOE and NSF.

  18. Thomson scattering diagnostic systems in ITER

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    Bassan, M.; Andrew, P.; Kurskiev, G.; Mukhin, E.; Hatae, T.; Vayakis, G.; Yatsuka, E.; Walsh, M.

    2016-01-01

    Thomson scattering (TS) is a proven diagnostic technique that will be implemented in ITER in three independent systems. The Edge TS will measure electron temperature Te and electron density ne profiles at high resolution in the region with r/a>0.8 (with a the minor radius). The Core TS will cover the region r/a<0.85 and shall be able to measure electron temperatures up to 40 keV . The Divertor TS will observe a segment of the divertor plasma more than 700 mm long and is designed to detect Te as low as 0.3 eV . The Edge and Core systems are primary contributors to Te and ne profiles. Both are installed in equatorial port 10 and very close together with the toroidal distance between the two laser beams of less than 600 mm at the first wall (~ 6° toroidal separation), a characteristic that should allow to reliably match the two profiles in the region 0.8

  19. Thomson Scattering at 250 kHz

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    Young, William; den Hartog, D. J.; Morton, L. A.; MST Team

    2015-11-01

    The fast Thomson scattering diagnostic on the MST Reversed-Field Pinch experiment now measures electron temperature at rates of up to 250 kHz, allowing for single shot analysis of phenomena that previously required ensembles of measurements from many shots. Recent laser upgrades include the addition of a second Nd:glass amplifier (giving a total of six amplifiers including four Nd:YAG stages) and optimization of neodymium doping levels within the glass amplifier stages to reduce thermal defocusing. The master-oscillator power-amplifier laser system operates in a pulse-burst mode where the laser generates multiple pulses per flashlamp firing and these bursts of laser pulses are repeated multiple times. When optimizing for the largest number of laser pulses, the laser produces up to 30 pulses at a rate of 100 kHz per burst repeated up to 4 times every 2 ms for a total of 120 temperature measurements per MST discharge. When optimizing for fastest pulsing rate, the laser can produce 8 pulses at 250 kHz within a single burst. A laser system upgrade currently underway is replacement of the diode-pumped pulsed Nd:YVO4 master oscillator with a CW laser chopped by an acoustic-optic modulator; this upgrade may enable pulsing rates faster than 250 kHz. This work is supported by the US DOE and NSF.

  20. Dust in FTU with the Thomson Scattering diagnostic

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    Giovannozzi, E.; Castaldo, C.; Apruzzese, G.; Maddaluno, G.; Rydzy, A.; Ratynskaia, S.

    2008-09-07

    The Thomson scattering diagnostic has been used to measure the dust present in plasma discharges on FTU tokamak after disruption. The vaporization of the dust particles due to the high power of the laser used by the Thomson scattering diagnostic imply that only a rough estimate of the particle size could be derived from the elastic scattering of the laser light. A simple model for dust particle evaporation has been used to infer the size of the dust particle from the scattered light data.

  1. Thomson Scattering on the HBT-EP Tokamak

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    Levesque, J. P.; Litzner, K. D.; Hanson, J. M.; James, R.; Maurer, D. A.; Mauel, M. E.; Navratil, G. A.; Pedersen, T. S.

    2007-11-01

    Thomson scattering can be used as a non-invasive method for measuring local electron density and temperature in plasmas. We describe the HBT-EP Thomson Scattering diagnostic, which is based on a design in use at DIII-D [1]. A five-channel interference filter polychrometer measures incoherent scattered light from an 8ns, 800mJ, 1064nm Nd:YAG laser pulse. A set of pre-amplification circuits designed by Princeton Scientific Instruments [2] has recently been installed for signal detection using avalanche photodiodes. System layout, alignment, and straylight level reduction techniques will be outlined. Rayleigh and Raman scattering calibration procedures have been used to absolutely calibrate the collection optics and detection system. Recent progress on diagnosing different HBT-EP plasmas using the Thomson scattering diagnostic will be presented. [1] T. N. Carlstrom, et al, Rev. Sci. Instr. 61, 2858, 1990. [2] D. Johnson, et al, Rev. Sci. Instr. 72, 1, 1129, 2001.

  2. Observation of relativistic effects in collective Thomson scattering

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    Ross, J S; Glenzer, S H; Palastro, J P; Pollock, B B; Price, D; Divol, L; Tynan, G R; Froula, D H

    2009-10-08

    We observe relativistic modifications to the Thomson scattering spectrum in a traditionally classical regime: v{sub osc}/c = eE{sub 0}/cm{omega}{sub 0} << 1 and T{sub e} < 1 keV. The modifications result from scattering off electron-plasma fluctuations with relativistic phase velocities. Normalized phase velocities v/c between 0.03 and 0.12 have been achieved in a N{sub 2} gas-jet plasma by varying the plasma density from 3 x 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3} to 7 x 10{sup 19} cm{sup -3} and electron temperature between 85 eV and 700 eV. For these conditions, the complete temporally resolved Thomson scattering spectrum including the electron and ion features has been measured. A fully relativistic treatment of the Thomson scattering form factor has been developed and shows excellent agreement with the experimental data.

  3. Molecular origin of background light in Thomson scattering measurements

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    McNeill, D.H.

    1986-06-01

    The plasma background light in Thomson scattering measurements is often far higher than expected for a pure hydrogen plasma. The spectral distribution of light from three plasmas (duration: 1 ms to steady state; electron density: below 10/sup 12/ to over 10/sup 14/ cm/sup -3/; temperature: below 20 to over 1000 eV) and signal-to-noise and intensity data from the Thomson scattering systems used on them are compared with analytic estimates to show that in two of these plasmas molecular light dominates the spectrum, while in the other, molecular light is present, but bremsstrahlung is usually more intense. Knowledge of the mechanism for background light can aid in designing detection systems for Thomson scattering and provide information on the neutral species composition and effective charge of the plasma.

  4. LIDAR Thomson scattering for advanced tokamaks. Final report

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    Molvik, A.W.; Lerche, R.A.; Nilson, D.G.

    1996-03-18

    The LIDAR Thomson Scattering for Advanced Tokamaks project made a valuable contribution by combining LLNL expertise from the MFE Program: tokamak design and diagnostics, and the ICF Program and Physics Dept.: short-pulse lasers and fast streak cameras. This multidisciplinary group evaluated issues involved in achieving a factor of 20 higher high spatial resolution (to as small as 2-3 mm) from the present state of the art in LIDAR Thomson scattering, and developed conceptual designs to apply LIDAR Thomson scattering to three tokamaks: Upgraded divertor measurements in the existing DIII-D tokamak; Both core and divertor LIDAR Thomson scattering in the proposed (now cancelled) TPX; and core, edge, and divertor LIDAR Thomson scattering on the presently planned International Tokamak Experimental Reactor, ITER. Other issues were evaluated in addition to the time response required for a few millimeter spatial resolution. These include the optimum wavelength, 100 Hz operation of the laser and detectors, minimizing stray light - always the Achilles heel of Thomson scattering, and time dispersion in optics that could prevent good spatial resolution. Innovative features of our work included: custom short pulsed laser concepts to meet specific requirements, use of a prism spectrometer to maintain a constant optical path length for high temporal and spatial resolution, the concept of a laser focus outside the plasma to ionize gas and form an external fiducial to use in locating the plasma edge as well as to spread the laser energy over a large enough area of the inner wall to avoid laser ablation of wall material, an improved concept for cleaning windows between shots by means of laser ablation, and the identification of a new physics issue - nonlinear effects near a laser focus which could perturb the plasma density and temperature that are to be measured.

  5. Applications of phase conjugate mirror to Thomson scattering diagnostics (invited)

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    Hatae, T.; Naito, O.; Nakatsuka, M.; Yoshida, H.

    2006-10-15

    A high performance phase conjugate mirror based on stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS-PCM) has been applied to the Thomson scattering system in the JT-60U tokamak for the first time in order to improve the measurement performance. A SBS-PCM realized a high reflectivity of 95% at a high input power of 145 W (2.9 J, 50 Hz). Using the SBS-PCM, two methods have been developed to increase the intensity of scattered light. For the first method, we have developed a new optical design to provide a double-pass scattering method with the SBS-PCM. A laser beam passing through the plasma is reflected by the SBS-PCM. The reflected beam passes the plasma again along the same path by means of the phase conjugation of the optically nonlinear stimulated Brillouin scattering process. The double-pass Thomson scattering method using the SBS-PCM has demonstrated an increase of the scattered light by a factor of 1.6 compared with the single-pass scattering method in JT-60U. A multipass Thomson scattering method in which the laser beam can be confined between a couple of SBS-PCMs is also proposed. It is estimated that the multipass scattering method generates the scattered light more than several times as large as that of the single-pass scattering method. For the second method, a high-average-power yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser system has been developed using the SBS-PCM. The SBS-PCM effectively compensated thermal degradation at two amplifier lines, and the average power was increased by a factor of >8 from 45 W (1.5 J, 30 Hz) to 373 W (7.46 J, 50 Hz). A Nd:YAG laser (5 J, 100 Hz) for the edge Thomson scattering in International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) has been designed based on the result.

  6. Thomson scattering in a magnetic field. II - Arbitrary field orientation

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    Whitney, Barbara A.

    1991-01-01

    This paper presents solutions to the equation of transfer for Thomson scattering in a constant magnetic field of arbitrary orientation. Results from several atmospheres are combined to give the flux from a dipole star. The results are compared to the polarization data of the magnetic white dwarf Grw + 70 deg 8247. The fit is good, though it implies a very large polarization in the ultraviolet. Thomson scattering is not thought to be an important opacity source in white dwarfs, so the good fit is either fortuitous or is perhaps explained by assuming the magnetic field affects the polarization processes in all opacities similarly.

  7. Progress of development of Thomson scattering diagnostic system on COMPASS

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    Bilkova, P.; Melich, R.; Aftanas, M.; Boehm, P.; Sestak, D.; Jares, D.; Weinzettl, V.; Stoeckel, J.; Hron, M.; Panek, R.; Walsh, M. J.

    2010-10-15

    A new Thomson scattering diagnostic system has been designed and is being built now on the COMPASS tokamak at the Institute of Plasma Physics ASCR in Prague (IPP Prague) in the Czech Republic. This contribution focuses on design, development, and installation of the light collection and detection system. High spatial resolution of 3 mm will be achieved by a combination of design of collection optics and connected polychromators. Imaging characteristics of both core and edge plasma collection objectives are described and fiber backplane design is presented. Several calibration procedures are discussed. The operational deployment of the Thomson scattering diagnostic is planned by the end of 2010.

  8. Warm, Dense Plasma Characterization by X-ray Thomson Scattering

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    Landen, O L; Glenzer, S H; Cauble, R C; Lee, R W; Edwards, J E; Degroot, J S

    2000-07-18

    We describe how the powerful technique of spectrally resolved Thomson scattering can be extended to the x-ray regime, for direct measurements of the ionization state, density, temperature, and the microscopic behavior of dense cool plasmas. Such a direct measurement of microscopic parameters of solid density plasmas could eventually be used to properly interpret laboratory measurements of material properties such as thermal and electrical conductivity, EUS and opacity. In addition, x-ray Thomson scattering will provide new information on the characteristics of rarely and hitherto difficult to diagnose Fermi degenerate and strongly coupled plasmas.

  9. Thomson scattering in dense plasmas with density and temperature gradients

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    Fortmann, C.; Thiele, R.; Fäustlin, R. R.; Bornath, Th.; Holst, B.; Kraeft, W.-D.; Schwarz, V.; Toleikis, S.; Tschentscher, Th.; Redmer, R.

    2009-09-01

    Collective X-ray Thomson scattering has become a versatile tool for the diagnostics of dense plasmas. Assuming homogeneous density and temperature throughout the target sample, these parameters can be determined directly from the plasmon dispersion and the ratio of plasmon amplitudes via detailed balance. In inhomogeneous media, the scattering signal is an average of the density and temperature dependent scattering cross-section weighted with the density and temperature profiles. We analyse Thomson scattering spectra in the XUV range from near solid density hydrogen targets generated by free electron laser radiation. The influence of plasma inhomogeneities on the scattering spectrum is investigated by comparing density and temperature averaged scattering signals to calculations assuming homogeneous targets. We find discrepancies larger than 10% between the mean electron density and the effective density as well as between the mean temperature and the effective temperature.

  10. Design and implementation of a Thomson scattering diagnostic for the Compact Toroidal Hybrid Experiment

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    Traverso, P. J.; Maurer, D. A.; Ennis, D. A.; Hartwell, G. J.; Goforth, M. M.; Loch, S. D.; Pearce, A. J.; Cianciosa, M. R.

    2014-10-01

    A Thomson scattering system using standard commercially available components has been designed for the non-axisymmetric plasmas of the Compact Toroidal Hybrid (CTH). The initial system takes a single point measurement and will be used to assess options for an upgrade to a multi-point system providing electron temperature and density profiles. This single point measurement will reduce the uncertainty in the reconstructed peak pressure by an order of magnitude for both ohmically driven, current-carrying plasmas and future gyrotron-heated stellarator plasmas. A principle design goal is to minimize stray laser light, geometrically on the machine side and spectrally on the collection side, to allow measurements of both full and half Thomson scattered spectral profiles. The beam, generated by a frequency doubled Continuum 2 J Nd:YaG laser, is passed vertically through an entrance Brewster window and an aperturing baffle system to minimize stray light. Light collection, spectral processing, and signal detection are accomplished with an f / # ~ 1 aspheric lens, a Holospec f/1.8 spectrometer, and an Andor iStar DH740-18U-C3 image intensified camera. The estimated number of scattered photons per channel will be of the order of 5 ×103 with a signal to noise ratio of S / N = 19 This work is supported by U.S. Department of Energy Grant No. DE-FG02-00ER54610.

  11. Temporal laser-pulse-shape effects in nonlinear Thomson scattering

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    Kharin, V. Yu.; Seipt, D.; Rykovanov, S. G.

    2016-06-01

    The influence of the laser-pulse temporal shape on the nonlinear Thomson scattering on-axis photon spectrum is analyzed in detail. Using the classical description, analytical expressions for the temporal and spectral structure of the scattered radiation are obtained for the case of symmetric laser-pulse shapes. The possibility of reconstructing the incident laser pulse from the scattered spectrum averaged over interference fringes in the case of high peak intensity and symmetric laser-pulse shape is discussed.

  12. Thomson scattering as a method for laser plasma diagnostics

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    Alayi, Y.

    1983-12-01

    The Thomson scattering has been used to determine the density and temperature of an inhomogeneous nonstationary plasma. A common method to calibrate the Thomson scattering device consists in replacing the plasma by a gas and measuring the Rayleigh scattering cross section. The angular distribution of the scattered light in Argon is measured, the incident light is a ruby laser with ..delta..t = 30ns and lambda = 6943nm and vertically polarized. We have found that angular distribution is strongly favored in the forward direction (30/sup 0/, 45/sup 0/, 60/sup 0/) and defavored for backward direction (90/sup 0/, 120/sup 0/, 135/sup 0/, 150/sup 0/) in agreement with the results of George, et al, but in disagreement with the Rayleigh theory which assumes a uniform distribution. Our results may be related to the form of the scattered light spectrum which undergoes a dramatic change through the kinetic-hydrodynamic transition. The general form of the spectrum is determined by the parameter y = 1/Kl (where K = 4..pi.. sin (theta/2)/lambda, theta is the scattering angle and l is the free path path), which increases in the direction of the hydrodynamic regime (small angles). By analogy, the Thomson scattering presents the same aspects with ..cap alpha.. = 1/Klambda /SUB D/ (where lambda /SUB D/ is the Debye length). The deviation from the uniform distribution provides the possibility to determine the plasma turbulence spectrum from the scattered light.

  13. Examinations of electron temperature calculation methods in Thomson scattering diagnostics

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    Oh, Seungtae; Lee, Jong Ha; Wi, Hanmin

    2012-10-15

    Electron temperature from Thomson scattering diagnostic is derived through indirect calculation based on theoretical model. {chi}-square test is commonly used in the calculation, and the reliability of the calculation method highly depends on the noise level of input signals. In the simulations, noise effects of the {chi}-square test are examined and scale factor test is proposed as an alternative method.

  14. Note: Statistical errors estimation for Thomson scattering diagnostics

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    Maslov, M.; Beurskens, M. N. A.; Flanagan, J.; Kempenaars, M.; Collaboration: JET-EFDA Contributors

    2012-09-15

    A practical way of estimating statistical errors of a Thomson scattering diagnostic measuring plasma electron temperature and density is described. Analytically derived expressions are successfully tested with Monte Carlo simulations and implemented in an automatic data processing code of the JET LIDAR diagnostic.

  15. Thomson scattering from a three-component plasma.

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    Johnson, W R; Nilsen, J

    2014-02-01

    A model for a three-component plasma consisting of two distinct ionic species and electrons is developed and applied to study x-ray Thomson scattering. Ions of a specific type are assumed to be identical and are treated in the average-atom approximation. Given the plasma temperature and density, the model predicts mass densities, effective ionic charges, and cell volumes for each ionic type, together with the plasma chemical potential and free-electron density. Additionally, the average-atom treatment of individual ions provides a quantum-mechanical description of bound and continuum electrons. The model is used to obtain parameters needed to determine the dynamic structure factors for x-ray Thomson scattering from a three-component plasma. The contribution from inelastic scattering by free electrons is evaluated in the random-phase approximation. The contribution from inelastic scattering by bound electrons is evaluated using the bound-state and scattering wave functions obtained from the average-atom calculations. Finally, the partial static structure factors for elastic scattering by ions are evaluated using a two-component version of the Ornstein-Zernike equations with hypernetted chain closure, in which electron-ion interactions are accounted for using screened ion-ion interaction potentials. The model is used to predict the x-ray Thomson scattering spectrum from a CH plasma and the resulting spectrum is compared with experimental results obtained by Feltcher et al. [Phys. Plasmas 20, 056316 (2013)]. PMID:25353586

  16. Thomson scattering on a 20-psec time scale.

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    Baldis, H A; Walsh, C J; Benesch, R

    1982-01-15

    A technique for high resolution Thomson scattering is discussed. By coupling a spectrograph to a streak camera with high sensitivity detectors, time and spectrally resolved scattered signals are obtained. Time resolutions down to 20 psec have been achieved, with the primary limitation on this figure coming from temporal dispersion in the spectrograph. The results of some laser plasma interaction experiments designed to study plasma instabilities are presented. PMID:20372444

  17. Imaging interferometers for analysis of Thomson scattered spectraa)

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    Howard, J.; Hatae, T.

    2008-10-01

    Polarization interferometers have some potential efficiency advantages for imaging Thomson scattering spectral analysis. In this article we present a number of designs for high-efficiency imaging polarization interferometers for Thomson scattering spectral analysis. The use of high-efficiency crystal polarizing beamsplitters (both displacement and angle) results in low-loss complementary passbands (no edge losses), simple imaging systems, and wide field of view. The efficiency and relative merits of both multiple-filter and dispersive-type configurations are being assessed before installation on the JT-60U ruby-laser Thomson scattering system. Light is transferred from the viewing port via a linear array of optical fiber bundles which will be imaged through the interferometer onto the photocathode of an intensified charge coupled device camera. Because of the broadband nature of the Thomson light, the optical delays required to Fourier analyze the spectrum are quite small. This leads to compact multicolor or dispersive systems based on combinations of Wollaston and Savart splitters and traditional waveplates.

  18. Imaging X-ray Thomson Scattering Spectrometer Design and Demonstration

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    Gamboa, E.J.; Huntington, C.M.; Trantham, M.R.; Keiter, P.A; Drake, R.P.; Montgomery, David; Benage, John F.; Letzring, Samuel A.

    2012-05-04

    In many laboratory astrophysics experiments, intense laser irradiation creates novel material conditions with large, one-dimensional gradients in the temperature, density, and ionization state. X-ray Thomson scattering is a powerful technique for measuring these plasma parameters. However, the scattered signal has previously been measured with little or no spatial resolution, which limits the ability to diagnose inhomogeneous plasmas. We report on the development of a new imaging x-ray Thomson spectrometer (IXTS) for the Omega laser facility. The diffraction of x-rays from a toroidally-curved crystal creates high-resolution images that are spatially resolved along a one-dimensional profile while spectrally dispersing the radiation. This focusing geometry allows for high brightness while localizing noise sources and improving the linearity of the dispersion. Preliminary results are presented from a scattering experiment that used the IXTS to measure the temperature profile of a shocked carbon foam.

  19. Calculation of Thomson scattering spectral fits for interpenetrating flows

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    Swadling, G. F. Lebedev, S. V. Burdiak, G. C.; Suttle, L.; Patankar, S.; Smith, R. A.; Bennett, M.; Suzuki-Vidal, F.; Harvey-Thompson, A. J.; Rozmus, W.; Hall, G. N.; Yuan, J.

    2014-12-15

    Collective mode optical Thomson scattering has been used to investigate the interactions of radially convergent ablation flows in Tungsten wire arrays. These experiments were carried out at the Magpie pulsed power facility at Imperial College, London. Analysis of the scattered spectra has provided direct evidence of ablation stream interpenetration on the array axis, and has also revealed a previously unobserved axial deflection of the ablation streams towards the anode as they approach the axis. It is has been suggested that this deflection is caused by the presence of a static magnetic field, advected with the ablation streams, stagnated and accrued around the axis. Analysis of the Thomson scattering spectra involved the calculation and fitting of the multi-component, non-relativistic, Maxwellian spectral density function S (k, ω). The method used to calculate the fits of the data are discussed in detail.

  20. LIDAR Thomson scattering for ITER core plasma revisited

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    Gowers, C.; Nielsen, P.; Salzmann, H.

    2016-02-01

    The authors have become aware that the development of the hitherto planned time-of-flight Thomson scattering system for the ITER core plasma is not proceeding and that conventional Thomson scattering set-ups are being discussed as an alternative. In this paper, we want to point out the advantages of LIDAR and show how criticized details of the original design can be improved. We present a design of the front optics, which in neutronics terms closely resembles a layout already previously accepted. The presented design does not require Raman scattering calibration for the density measurement. Comparison with the JET Core LIDAR system and simulations at higher temperatures both show that with the new design the specified accuracy can be met with a 1-2 J laser. Current laser and detector technology is reviewed. A strategy for how to proceed is presented.

  1. Thomson scattering diagnostic for the measurement of ion species fraction

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    Ross, J. S.; Park, H.-S.; Amendt, P.; Divol, L.; Kugland, N. L.; Glenzer, S. H.; Rozmus, W.

    2012-10-15

    Simultaneous Thomson scattering measurements of collective electron-plasma and ion-acoustic fluctuations have been utilized to determine ion species fraction from laser produced CH plasmas. The CH{sub 2} foil is heated with 10 laser beams, 500 J per beam, at the Omega Laser facility. Thomson scattering measurements are made 4 mm from the foil surface using a 30 J 2{omega} probe laser with a 1 ns pulse length. Using a series of target shots the plasma evolution is measured from 2.5 ns to 9 ns after the rise of the heater beams. Measuring the electron density and temperature from the electron-plasma fluctuations constrains the fit of the two-ion species theoretical form factor for the ion feature such that the ion temperature, plasma flow velocity and ion species fraction are determined. The ion species fraction is determined to an accuracy of {+-}0.06 in species fraction.

  2. Thomson scattering diagnostic for the measurement of ion species fraction

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    Ross, J S; Park, H S; Amendt, A; Divol, L; Kugland, N L; Rozmus, W; Glenzer, S H

    2012-05-01

    Simultaneous Thomson scattering measurements of collective electron-plasma and ion-acoustic fluctuations have been utilized to determine ion species fraction from laser produced CH plasmas. The CH{sub 2} foil is heated with 10 laser beams, 500 J per beam, at the Omega Laser facility. Thomson scattering measurements are made 4 mm from the foil surface using a 30 J 2{omega} probe laser with a 1 ns pulse length. Using a series of target shots the plasma evolution is measured from 2.5 ns to 9 ns after the rise of the heater beams. Measuring the electron density and temperature from the electron-plasma fluctuations constrains the fit of the two-ion species theoretical form factor for the ion feature such that the ion temperature, plasma flow velocity and ion species fraction are determined. The ion species fraction is determined to an accuracy of {+-}0.06 in species fraction.

  3. A Pulse-Burst Laser System for Thomson Scattering

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    den Hartog, D. J.; Borchardt, M. T.; Yang, Y. M.; Ambuel, J. R.; Holly, D. J.; Mattison, H. E.; Robl, P. E.

    2008-11-01

    A ``pulse-burst'' laser system is being constructed for addition to the Thomson scattering diagnostic on the MST reversed-field pinch. This laser will produce a burst of up to 200 approximately 1 J Q-switched pulses at repetition rates 5--250 kHz. The laser will operate at 1064 nm and is a master oscillator, power amplifier (MOPA) system. Variable pulse-width drive (0.1--20 ms) of the flashlamps is accomplished by IGBT switching of large electrolytic capacitor banks. In the near term, these flashlamp power supplies will be adapted to drive the flashlamps in the two existing commercial Nd:YAG lasers used for Thomson scattering on the MST RFP. This will enable these lasers to produce a burst of up to 40 pulses at repetition frequencies <= 1 kHz. The burst train of laser pulses will enable the study of Te and ne dynamics in a single MST shot.

  4. Collective Thomson scattering measurements with high frequency resolution at TEXTORa)

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    Stejner, M.; Nielsen, S. K.; Korsholm, S. B.; Salewski, M.; Bindslev, H.; Furtula, V.; Leipold, F.; Meo, F.; Michelsen, P. K.; Moseev, D.; Bürger, A.; Kantor, M.; de Baar, M.

    2010-10-01

    We discuss the development and first results of a receiver system for the collective Thomson scattering (CTS) diagnostic at TEXTOR with frequency resolution in the megahertz range or better. The improved frequency resolution expands the diagnostic range and utility of CTS measurements in general and is a prerequisite for measurements of ion Bernstein wave signatures in CTS spectra. The first results from the new acquisition system are shown to be consistent with theory and with simultaneous measurements by the standard receiver system.

  5. Electron-exchange and quantum screening effects on the Thomson scattering process in quantum Fermi plasmas

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    Lee, Gyeong Won; Jung, Young-Dae; Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 Eighth Street, Troy, New York 12180-3590

    2013-06-15

    The influence of the electron-exchange and quantum screening on the Thomson scattering process is investigated in degenerate quantum Fermi plasmas. The Thomson scattering cross section in quantum plasmas is obtained by the plasma dielectric function and fluctuation-dissipation theorem as a function of the electron-exchange parameter, Fermi energy, plasmon energy, and wave number. It is shown that the electron-exchange effect enhances the Thomson scattering cross section in quantum plasmas. It is also shown that the differential Thomson scattering cross section has a minimum at the scattering angle Θ=π/2. It is also found that the Thomson scattering cross section increases with an increase of the Fermi energy. In addition, the Thomson scattering cross section is found to be decreased with increasing plasmon energy.

  6. Design and development of the large helical device TV Thomson scattering

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    Yamada, I.; Narihara, K.; Funaba, H.; Hayashi, H.

    2004-10-01

    We have developed a television (TV) Thomson scattering and installed it on the large helical device (LHD). The LHD TV Thomson scattering consists of a yttrium-aluminum-garnet (YAG) laser, beam transport system, scattered light collection optics, spectrometer, intensified charge coupled device camera, and data acquisition system. The spatial and temporal resolutions are about 7 mm and a few seconds, respectively. The temporal resolution of the LHD TV Thomson scattering is not good, but will be enough for long-time, steady-state discharge experiments in LHD. In the initial experiments, we measured electron temperature profiles of LHD plasmas at five spatial points. It has been found that the electron temperatures measured by the LHD TV Thomson scattering reasonably agree with those obtained by the LHD YAG Thomson scattering. We will report the details of the LHD TV Thomson scattering system with some experimental data.

  7. APD detector electronics for the NSTX Thomson scattering system

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    D.W. Johnson; B.P. LeBlanc; D.L. Long; G. Renda

    2000-08-07

    An electronics system has been installed and tested for the readout of APD detectors for the NSTX Thomson scattering system. Similar to previous designs, it features preamps with a fast and a slow output. The fast output uses pulse shaping to optimize sensitivity for the 8 nsec scattered light pulse while rejecting noise in the intrinsic plasma background. A low readout noise of {approximately}25 photoelectrons is achieved at an APD gain of 75. The design incorporates a number of features to provide flexibility for various modes of calibration.

  8. Design of the polarization multi-pass Thomson scattering system

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    Yasuhara, R.; Yamada, I.; Kawahata, K.; Funaba, H.; Yoshikawa, M.; Morimoto, M.; Shima, Y.; Kohagura, J.; Sakamoto, M.; Nakashima, Y.; Imai, T.; Minami, T.

    2012-10-15

    A novel configuration of the multi-pass Thomson scattering (TS) system is proposed to improve the time resolution and accuracy of electron temperature measurements by use of a polarization control technique. This configuration can realize a perfect coaxial multi-passing at each pass, and the number of round trips is not limited by the optical configuration. To confirm the feasibility of the new method, we installed this system in the GAMMA 10 plasma system. As a result, the integrated scattering signal of the double-pass configuration is about two times larger than that of the single-pass configuration. These results are in good agreement with the design.

  9. Collective Thomson scattering for studying plasma instabilities in electric thrusters

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    Tsikata, S.; Honoré, C.; Grésillon, D.

    2013-10-01

    Collective (or coherent) Thomson scattering has recently emerged as an important tool for identifying and characterizing certain instabilities in Hall thrusters. Plasma instabilities in electric thrusters are implicated in diverse phenomena, including reduced efficiency, lifetime and anomalous particle transport. This work discusses the main features of the collective scattering diagnostic PRAXIS, and recent applications of the diagnostic to study the nature of microturbulence at different thruster operating regimes. Early measurements show the presence of a small-scale azimuthal instability may be linked with regimes of unstable thruster operation.

  10. Dual-angle, self-calibrating Thomson scattering measurements in RFX-MOD

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    Giudicotti, L.

    2014-11-15

    In the multipoint Thomson scattering (TS) system of the RFX-MOD experiment the signals from a few spatial positions can be observed simultaneously under two different scattering angles. In addition the detection system uses optical multiplexing by signal delays in fiber optic cables of different length so that the two sets of TS signals can be observed by the same polychromator. Owing to the dependence of the TS spectrum on the scattering angle, it was then possible to implement self-calibrating TS measurements in which the electron temperature T{sub e}, the electron density n{sub e} and the relative calibration coefficients of spectral channels sensitivity C{sub i} were simultaneously determined by a suitable analysis of the two sets of TS data collected at the two angles. The analysis has shown that, in spite of the small difference in the spectra obtained at the two angles, reliable values of the relative calibration coefficients can be determined by the analysis of good S/N dual‑angle spectra recorded in a few tens of plasma shots. This analysis suggests that in RFX-MOD the calibration of the entire set of TS polychromators by means of the similar, dual-laser (Nd:YAG/Nd:YLF) TS technique, should be feasible.

  11. Dual-angle, self-calibrating Thomson scattering measurements in RFX-MOD.

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    Giudicotti, L; Pasqualotto, R; Fassina, A

    2014-11-01

    In the multipoint Thomson scattering (TS) system of the RFX-MOD experiment the signals from a few spatial positions can be observed simultaneously under two different scattering angles. In addition the detection system uses optical multiplexing by signal delays in fiber optic cables of different length so that the two sets of TS signals can be observed by the same polychromator. Owing to the dependence of the TS spectrum on the scattering angle, it was then possible to implement self-calibrating TS measurements in which the electron temperature Te, the electron density ne and the relative calibration coefficients of spectral channels sensitivity Ci were simultaneously determined by a suitable analysis of the two sets of TS data collected at the two angles. The analysis has shown that, in spite of the small difference in the spectra obtained at the two angles, reliable values of the relative calibration coefficients can be determined by the analysis of good S/N dual‑angle spectra recorded in a few tens of plasma shots. This analysis suggests that in RFX-MOD the calibration of the entire set of TS polychromators by means of the similar, dual-laser (Nd:YAG/Nd:YLF) TS technique, should be feasible. PMID:25430236

  12. Dual-angle, self-calibrating Thomson scattering measurements in RFX-MOD

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    Giudicotti, L.; Pasqualotto, R.; Fassina, A.

    2014-11-01

    In the multipoint Thomson scattering (TS) system of the RFX-MOD experiment the signals from a few spatial positions can be observed simultaneously under two different scattering angles. In addition the detection system uses optical multiplexing by signal delays in fiber optic cables of different length so that the two sets of TS signals can be observed by the same polychromator. Owing to the dependence of the TS spectrum on the scattering angle, it was then possible to implement self-calibrating TS measurements in which the electron temperature Te, the electron density ne and the relative calibration coefficients of spectral channels sensitivity Ci were simultaneously determined by a suitable analysis of the two sets of TS data collected at the two angles. The analysis has shown that, in spite of the small difference in the spectra obtained at the two angles, reliable values of the relative calibration coefficients can be determined by the analysis of good S/N dual-angle spectra recorded in a few tens of plasma shots. This analysis suggests that in RFX-MOD the calibration of the entire set of TS polychromators by means of the similar, dual-laser (Nd:YAG/Nd:YLF) TS technique, should be feasible.

  13. Thomson scattering diagnostic for the Microwave Tokamak Experiment

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    Foote, J.H.; Barter, J.D.; Sewall, N.R.; Jolly, J.J.; Schlander, L.F.

    1990-05-04

    The Thomson-scattering diagnostic system (TSS) on the Microwave Tokamak Experiment (MTX) at LLNL routinely monitors electron temperature (T{sub e}) and density. Typical measured values at the plasma center under clean conditions are 900 {plus minus} 70 eV and 1 to 2 {times} 10{sup 14} ({plus minus}30%) cm{sup {minus}3}. The TSS apparatus is compact, with all elements mounted on one sturdy, two-level optics table. Because of this, we maintain with minimum effort the alignment of both the ruby-laser input optics and the scattered-light collecting optics. Undesired background signals, e.g., plasma light as well as ruby-laser light scattered off obstacles and walls, are generally small compared with the Thomson-scattered signals we normally detect. In the MTX T{sub e} region, the TSS data are definitely fitted better when relativistic effects are included in the equations. Besides determining the temperature of the Maxwellian electron distribution, the system is designed to detect electron heating from GW-level free-electron laser (FEL) pulses by measuring large wavelength shifts of the scattered laser photons. TSS data suggest that we may indeed by able to detect these electrons, which can have energies up to 10 keV, according to computer simulation. 7 refs., 4 figs.

  14. RELATIVISTIC THOMSON SCATTERING EXPERIMENT AT BNL - STATUS REPORT.

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    POGORELSKY,I.V.; BEN ZVI,I.; KUSCHE,K.; SIDDONS,P.; YAKIMENKO,V.; HIROSE,T.; KUMITA,T.; KAMIYA,Y.; ET AL

    2001-12-03

    1.7 x 10{sup 8} x-ray photons per 3.5 ps pulse have been produced in Thomson scattering by focusing CO{sub 2} laser pulse on counter-propagating relativistic electron beam. We explore a possibility of further enhancement of process efficiency by propagating both beams in a plasma capillary. Conventional synchrotron light sources based on using giga-electron-volt electron synchrotron accelerators and magnetic wigglers generate x-ray radiation for versatile application in multi-disciplinary research. An intense laser beam causes relativistic electron oscillations similar to a wiggler. However, because the laser wavelength is thousand times shorter than a wiggler period, very moderate electron energy is needed to produce hard x-rays via Thomson scattering. This allows using relatively compact mega-electron-volt linear accelerators instead of giga-electron-volt synchrotrons. Another important advantage of Thomson sources is a possibility to generate femtosecond x-ray pulses whereas conventional synchrotron sources have typically {approx}300 ps pulse duration. This promises to revolutionize x-ray research in chemistry, physics, and biology expanding it to ultra-fast processes. Thomson sources do not compete in repetition rate and average intensity with conventional light sources that operate at the megahertz frequency. However, Thomson sources have a potential to produce much higher photon numbers per pulse. This may allow developing a single shot exposure important for structural analysis of live biological objects. The BNL Thomson source is a user's experiment conducted at the Accelerator Test Facility since 1998 by an international collaboration in High Energy Physics. Since inception, the ATF source produces the record peak x-ray yield, intensity and brightness among other similar proof-of-principle demonstrations attempted elsewhere. Note that this result is achieved with a moderate laser power of 15 GW. A key to this achievement is in choosing right apparatus and

  15. Edge profile measurements using Thomson scattering on the KSTAR tokamak.

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    Lee, J H; Oh, S; Lee, W R; Ko, W H; Kim, K P; Lee, K D; Jeon, Y M; Yoon, S W; Cho, K W; Narihara, K; Yamada, I; Yasuhara, R; Hatae, T; Yatsuka, E; Ono, T; Hong, J H

    2014-11-01

    In the KSTAR Tokamak, a "Tangential Thomson Scattering" (TTS) diagnostic system has been designed and installed to measure electron density and temperature profiles. In the edge system, TTS has 12 optical fiber bundles to measure the edge profiles with 10-15 mm spatial resolution. These 12 optical fibers and their spatial resolution are not enough to measure the pedestal width with a high accuracy but allow observations of L-H transition or H-L transitions at the edge. For these measurements, the prototype ITER edge Thomson Nd:YAG laser system manufactured by JAEA in Japan is installed. In this paper, the KSTAR TTS system is briefly described and some TTS edge profiles are presented and compared against the KSTAR Charge Exchange Spectroscopy and other diagnostics. The future upgrade plan of the system is also discussed in this paper. PMID:25430170

  16. Electron Temperature Measurements on BCTX using Thomson Scattering

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    Morse, E.; Coomer, E.

    1997-11-01

    The Berkeley Compact Toroid Experiment (BCTX) is a spheromak configuration with a 70 cm diameter flux conserver. Studies have been undertaken to determine the core energy transport in the spheromak by investigation of the scaling of the core electron temperature (as measured by single point Thomson scattering) with various parameters. Elevated temperatures have been observed with lower core electron densities, as observed by the Thomson system. Careful studies of the magnetic decay have been undertaken using ten edge magnetic field B -dot coils. Density control has been achieved using a Penning discharge mode for the initial gas breakdown in the Marshall gun. A 20 MW lower hybrid heating pulse ( 430 MHz ) was used to study tranisent heating effects on the core plasma. Methods of controlling breakdown at the antenna will be presented, along with data for RF-heated plasma experiments. Comparison with recent theoretical work on spheromak energy transport by T. K. Fowler will be presented.

  17. A reflective optical transport system for ultraviolet Thomson scattering from electron plasma waves on OMEGA

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    Katz, J.; Boni, R.; Sorce, C.; Follett, R.; Shoup, M. J. III; Froula, D. H.

    2012-10-15

    A reflective optical transport system has been designed for the OMEGA Thomson-scattering diagnostic. A Schwarzschild objective that uses two concentric spherical mirrors coupled to a Pfund objective provides diffraction-limited imaging across all reflected wavelengths. This enables the operator to perform Thomson-scattering measurements of ultraviolet (0.263 {mu}m) light scattered from electron plasma waves.

  18. Cavity Enhanced Thomson Scattering for Low Temperature Plasmas

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    Yalin, Azer; Friss, Adam; Lee, Brian; Franka, Isaiah

    2013-09-01

    This contribution describes the design, simulation, and initial experimental development of a novel laser Thomson scattering (LTS) system for measurement of weakly-ionized low temperature plasmas. The LTS approach uses a high power intra-cavity beam of power ~10-100 kW to provide increased scattered photon counts and sensitivity as compared to conventional LTS experiments that use light sources with orders of magnitude lower average power. The high power intra-cavity beam is generated by locking a narrow linewidth source laser to a high-finesse optical cavity via Pound-Drever-Hall locking. The plasma (to be studied) is housed with the high-finesse optical cavity. The high-power source is combined with a detection system comprised of a high-suppression triple monochromator and a low-noise photomultiplier tube used in photon counting mode. We present simulations of signal strengths and scattering spectra including elastic scatter background, detector dark counts, and random (counting) noise contributions. Expected experimental performance is assessed from fits to the simulated data. The number density and electron temperature of a 1010 cm-3 plasma should be accurately measurable with standard deviation of <5% in a measurement time of 5 minutes per wavelength channel. We also present experimental development including characterization of laser locking, and initial Rayleigh and Raman signals which will be used to calibrate the Thomson system.

  19. Exact relativistic expressions for polarization of incoherent Thomson scattering

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    Mirnov, V. V.; Den Hartog, D. J.; Parke, E.

    2016-05-01

    We present a derivation of the degree of polarization for incoherent Thomson scattering (TS) using Mueller matrix formalism. An exact analytic solution is obtained for spectrum-integrated matrix elements. The solution is valid for the full range of incident polarizations, scattering angles, and electron thermal motion from non-relativistic to ultra-relativistic. It is based on a newly developed theoretical model, a finite transit time (FTT) correction to previous theoretical work on TS polarization. The Mueller matrix elements are substantially different from previous calculations without the FTT correction, even to the lowest linear order in Te/mec2≪1 . Mathematically, the derivation is a unique example of fully analytical integration of the 3D scattering operator over a relativistic Maxwellian distribution function; experimentally, the results have application to the use of the polarization properties of Thomson scattered light as a method of electron temperature measurement. The results can also be used as a reliable tool for benchmarking and verification of numerical codes for frequency resolved properties of TS polarization.

  20. Development of prototype polychromator system for KSTAR Thomson scattering diagnostic

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    Lee, J. H.; Lee, S. H.; Son, S. H.; Ko, W. H.; Seo, D. C.; Yamada, I.; Her, K. H.; Jeon, J. S.; Bog, M. G.

    2015-12-01

    A polychromator is widely used by the Thomson scattering system for measuring the electron temperature and density. This type of spectrometer includes optic elements such as band-pass filters, focusing lens, collimating lens, and avalanche photodiodes (APDs). The characteristics of band-pass filters in the polychromator are determined by the measuring range of the Thomson system. KSTAR edge polychromators were developed by co-works at NIFS in Japan, and the KSTAR core polychromators were developed by NFRI in Korea. The power supply system of these polychromators is connected only to one power supply module and can manually control the APD's voltage at the front side of the power supply by using a potentiometer. In this paper, a prototype polychromator is introduced at the KSTAR. The prototype polychromator system has a built-in power supply unit that includes high voltage for the APD and ± 5 V for an op-amp IC. The high voltage for the APD is finely controlled and monitored using a PC with the LabView software. One out of the six band pass-filters has a center wavelength of 523.5 nm with 2-nm bandwidth, which can measure Zeff, and the other five band-pass filters can simultaneously measure the Thomson signal. In addition, we will show the test result of this prototype polychromator system during the KSTAR experiment campaign (2015).

  1. Laser beam combiner for Thomson scattering core LIDARa)

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    Balboa, I.; Huang, B.; Naylor, G.; Walsh, M.; Sirinelli, A.; Parsons, P.; Fessey, J.; Townsend, M.; Beurskens, M.; Conway, N.; Flanagan, J.; Kempenaars, M.; Kirk, A.

    2010-10-01

    The light detection and ranging Thomson scattering (TS) diagnostic is advantageous since it only requires a single view port into the tokamak. This technique requires a short pulse laser at high energy, usually showing a limited repetition rate. Having multiple lasers will increase the repetition rate. This paper presents a scanning mirror as a laser beam combiner. Measurements of the position accuracy and jitter show that the pointing stability of the laser beam is within ±25 μrad for over tens of seconds. A control feedback loop is implemented to demonstrate the long term stability. Such a system could be applied for ITER and JET.

  2. Laser beam combiner for Thomson scattering core LIDAR.

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    Balboa, I; Huang, B; Naylor, G; Walsh, M; Sirinelli, A; Parsons, P; Fessey, J; Townsend, M; Beurskens, M; Conway, N; Flanagan, J; Kempenaars, M; Kirk, A

    2010-10-01

    The light detection and ranging Thomson scattering (TS) diagnostic is advantageous since it only requires a single view port into the tokamak. This technique requires a short pulse laser at high energy, usually showing a limited repetition rate. Having multiple lasers will increase the repetition rate. This paper presents a scanning mirror as a laser beam combiner. Measurements of the position accuracy and jitter show that the pointing stability of the laser beam is within ±25 μrad for over tens of seconds. A control feedback loop is implemented to demonstrate the long term stability. Such a system could be applied for ITER and JET. PMID:21033888

  3. Thomson scattering in magnetic fields. [of white dwarf stars

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    Whitney, Barbara

    1989-01-01

    The equation of transfer in Thomson scattering atmospheres with magnetic fields is solved using Monte Carlo methods. Two cases, a plane parallel atmosphere with a magnetic field perpendicular to the atmosphere, and a dipole star, are investigated. The wavelength dependence of polarization from plane-parallel atmosphere is qualitatively similar to that observed in the magnetic white dwarf Grw+70 deg 8247, and the field strength determined by the calculation, 320 MG, is quantitatively similar to that determined from the line spectrum. The dipole model does not resemble the data as well as the single plane-parallel atmosphere.

  4. Laser beam combiner for Thomson scattering core LIDAR

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    Balboa, I.; Naylor, G.; Sirinelli, A.; Parsons, P.; Fessey, J.; Townsend, M.; Beurskens, M.; Conway, N.; Kempenaars, M.; Kirk, A.; Walsh, M. [Diagnostics Division, Department of CHD, ITER Organization, CS 90 046, Bulding 155 Flanagan, J.

    2010-10-15

    The light detection and ranging Thomson scattering (TS) diagnostic is advantageous since it only requires a single view port into the tokamak. This technique requires a short pulse laser at high energy, usually showing a limited repetition rate. Having multiple lasers will increase the repetition rate. This paper presents a scanning mirror as a laser beam combiner. Measurements of the position accuracy and jitter show that the pointing stability of the laser beam is within {+-}25 {mu}rad for over tens of seconds. A control feedback loop is implemented to demonstrate the long term stability. Such a system could be applied for ITER and JET.

  5. Polychromator for the edge Thomson scattering system in ITERa)

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    Yatsuka, E.; Hatae, T.; Fujie, D.; Kurokawa, A.; Kusama, Y.

    2012-10-01

    A new type polychromator has been designed for the edge Thomson scattering system in ITER. Signal light is parallelly dispersed into two parts at the first interference filter. Spectral transmissivities for some spectral channels may enhance better than the conventional type polychromator. In the new type polychromator, the misalignment due to the machine accuracy is expected to be within the margin of APD area. In order to calibrate the spectral transmissivity using the dual-laser injection method during the plasma discharge, it is preferred that the spectral channels are separated at the geometric mean of the injected two wavelengths.

  6. On the calibration of polarimetric Thomson scattering by Raman polarimetry

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    Giudicotti, L.; Pasqualotto, R.

    2015-12-01

    Polarimetric Thomson scattering (TS) is an alternative method for the analysis of Thomson scattering spectra in which the plasma temperature T e is determined from the depolarization of the TS radiation. This is a relativistic effect and therefore the technique is suitable only for very hot plasmas (T e  >  10 keV) such as those of ITER. The practical implementation of polarimetric TS requires a method to calibrate the polarimetric response of the collection optics carrying the TS light to the detection system, and in particular to measure the additional depolarization of the TS radiation introduced by the plasma-exposed first mirror. Rotational Raman scattering of laser light from diatomic gases such as H2, D2, N2 and O2 can provide a radiation source of predictable intensity and polarization state from a well-defined volume inside the vacuum vessel and is therefore suitable for these calibrations. In this paper we discuss Raman polarimetry as a technique for the calibration of a hypothetical polarimetric TS system operating in the same conditions of the ITER core TS system and suggest two calibration methods for the measurement of the additional depolarization introduced by the plasma-exposed first mirror, and in general for calibrating the polarimetric response of the detection system.

  7. Thomson scattering measurements in the RFX reversed field pinch

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    Bassan, M.; Bilato, R.; Giudicotti, L.; Pasqualotto, R.; Sardella, A.

    1997-01-01

    The first systematic measurements of the electron temperature (T{sub e}) spatial profile have been obtained in the reversed field pinch experiment RFX with a single pulse Thomson scattering (TS) diagnostic. Scattered light from a ruby laser pulse (E{le}15 J, {Delta}t=30 ns) is collected through three objectives from 10 positions along a diameter in the plasma equatorial plane, with a spatial resolution of 2.5 cm. Plasma discharges with current in the range 700{endash}900 kA have been investigated finding evidence of a quite flat T{sub e} profile. Data dispersion significantly greater than experimental uncertainties provides an indication of remarkable plasma fluctuations. Results are in good agreement with T{sub e} measurements from other single chord spectroscopic diagnostics (SiLi detector and SXR double filter), showing a reliable operation down to an electron density n{sub e}=3{times}10{sup 19} m{sup {minus}3}. Integration of this apparatus with a ND:YLF laser system for multipulse Thomson scattering measurements, sharing the same input optics, is under way. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  8. Imaging Thomson scattering measurements of radiatively heated Xe

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    Pollock, B; Meinecke, J; Kuschel, S; Ross, J S; Divol, L; Glenzer, S H; Tynan, G R

    2012-05-01

    Uniform density and temperature Xe plasmas have been produced over >4 mm scale-lengths using x-rays generated in a cylindrical Pb cavity. The cavity is 750 {micro}m in depth and diameter, and is heated by a 300 J, 2 ns square, 1054 nm laser pulse focused to a spot size of 200 {micro}m at the cavity entrance. The plasma is characterized by simultaneous imaging Thomson scattering measurements from both the electron and ion scattering features. The electron feature measurement determines the spatial electron density and temperature profile, and using these parameters as constraints in the ion feature analysis allows an accurate determination of the charge state of the Xe ions. The Thomson scattering probe beam is 40 J, 200 ps, and 527 nm, and is focused to a 100 {micro}m spot size at the entrance of the Pb cavity. Each system has a spatial resolution of 25 {micro}m, a temporal resolution of 200 ps (as determined by the probe duration), and a spectral resolution of 2 nm for the electron feature system and 0.025 nm for the ion feature system. The experiment is performed in a Xe filled target chamber at a neutral pressure of 3-10 Torr, and the x-rays produced in the Pb ionize and heat the Xe to a charge state of 20 {+-} 4 at up to 200 eV electron temperatures.

  9. Horizontal Thomson Scattering Systems for DIII-D and SSPX

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    Nilson, D.G.; Hill, D.N.; Wood, R.D.; McClean, H.; Moeller, J.M.; Labik, G.; Carlstron, T.N.; Bray, B.; Hsieh, C.L.

    1999-08-01

    DIII-D--Three of the seven existing core Thomson scattering laser beams were redirected to probe the previously unmeasured central region of the DIII-D plasma. Modifications to the existing collection optics system and support tower were made to inject the lasers and collect scattered light in this new extended region. Stray light levels were reduced to acceptable levels to permit Rayleigh scattering calibration on five of the six new channels, indicating that the new in-vessel dump operates well. Measurements of the plasma temperature and density from the plasma edge to the center are now possible. Peaked density profiles are now observed in this new measurement region. SSPX--We have completed the design and installation of a 10-spatial channel Thomson scattering system to measure the plasma temperature and density profile on SSPX. A single-pulsed YAG laser operating at 0.7 J and 8 ns is used to scatter photons into a 7-element collection optic that provides a spatial resolution of 1.5 cm at the outer plasma edge and 7.5 cm at the inner edge of a .5 m radius spheromak plasma. The collected light is then analyzed by a 4-channel interference filtered polychromator which has been optimized to measure temperatures between 2 eV and 2 keV and densities as low as 1 x 10{sup 12} cm{sup 3}. We use an in-vessel beam dump and a series of entrance and exit baffles to reduce the stray laser light and provide for an absolute density calibration by Rayleigh scattering in argon gas.

  10. Examination of scattering volume aligment in Thomson scattering off of a shock front in argon

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    Reighard, A B; Froula, D H; Drake, R P; Ross, J S; Divol, L

    2007-07-26

    Thomson scattering in argon gas successfully probed the region of plasma just behind the shock front. The instantaneous shock velocity can be inferred from the duration of the signal, taking into account the size and shape of the scattering volume. Possible misalignment of the probe beam and spectrometer slits greatly affects the size and shape of the scattering volume, and therefore affects the calculation of the instantaneous shock velocity.

  11. Pulse-Burst Laser Systems for Thomson Scattering on MST

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    den Hartog, D. J.; Borchardt, M. T.; Harris, W. S.; Reusch, J. A.; Yang, Y. M.

    2009-11-01

    A new purpose-built ``pulse-burst'' laser system is being constructed for the Thomson scattering diagnostic on the MST reversed-field pinch. This new laser will produce a burst of 1--2 J Q-switched pulses at repetition rates 5--250 kHz. It will operate at 1064 nm and is a master oscillator, power amplifier (MOPA) system. Variable pulse-width drive (0.15--20 ms) of the flashlamps in this laser will be accomplished by IGBT switching of large electrolytic capacitor banks. A subset of these power supplies has already been constructed and is currently being used to drive the flashlamps in the two existing commercial Nd:YAG lasers used for Thomson scattering on MST. Each of these upgraded lasers now produces a burst of up to fifteen 2 J Q-switched pulses (1064 nm) at repetition rates 1--12.5 kHz. Direct control of the laser Pockels cell drive enables optimal pulse energy extraction, and up to four 2 J laser pulses during one flashlamp pulse. These lasers are currently being used to study the dynamic evolution of electron temperature in MST. The new purpose-built ``pulse-burst'' laser system will further expand this capability.

  12. Thomson scattering in a magnetic field. I - Field along z

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    Whitney, Barbara A.

    1991-01-01

    The Monte Carlo method is used here to solve the radiative transfer equation for Thomson scattering in a constant magnetic field perpendicular to the atmosphere. Emergent radiation and polarization are presented for various atmospheric thicknesses. The circular polarization peaks at frequencies near the cyclotron, omega(c), and for propagation direction along the field. At low field strengths, the circular polarization is roughly proportional to omega(c)/omega; the linear polarization is proportional to the square of omega(c)/omega and the amount of circular polarization present at each scatter and is therefore much smaller than the circular polarization. The linear polarization is large for propagation direction perpendicular to the magnetic field and at frequencies near the cyclotron and in the strong-field limit. The position angle of the linear polarization undergoes a rotation of 90 deg at a value of omega(c)/omega near the square root of three.

  13. Development of a nine spatial point, multipulse Thomson scattering diagnostic.

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    Glass, F; Deng, B H; Garate, E; Gornostaeva, O; Schroeder, J

    2010-10-01

    A Thomson scattering diagnostic has been developed for the C-2 field-reversed configuration device. Based on a multipulse ruby laser, the system measures the electron temperature at nine spatial points. These points are chosen from 22 selectable positions covering r≈1-41 cm. Twin collection lenses couple the scattered photons to nine optical fiber pairs. Extra fiber lengths delay the signals from different spatial points relative to each other, allowing up to three points to be analyzed by a single polychromator. The polychromator, using compact photomultipliers as detectors, has six spectral channels covering the range of 685-725 nm and is able to estimate electron temperatures of ≈10-200 eV. The photomultiplier output signals are recorded by digital storage oscilloscopes integrated with the main MDSplus database, with temperature and error estimates generated automatically at the conclusion of each plasma discharge. PMID:21033861

  14. Subterahertz gyrotron developments for collective Thomson scattering in LHD.

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    Notake, T; Saito, T; Tatematsu, Y; Kubo, S; Shimozuma, T; Tanaka, K; Nishiura, M; Fujii, A; Agusu, La; Ogawa, I; Idehara, T

    2008-10-01

    Collective Thomson scattering (CTS) is expected to provide the spatially resolved velocity distribution functions of not only thermal and tail ions but also alpha particles resulting from fusion reactions. CTS using gyrotrons with frequency higher than the conventional ones used for plasma heating would have advantages to alleviate refraction, cutoff effects, and background electron cyclotron emission noise. Therefore, a high-power pulse gyrotron operating at approximately 400 GHz is being developed for CTS in Large Helical Device (LHD). A single-mode oscillation with a frequency greater than 400 GHz, applying the second-harmonic resonance, was successfully demonstrated in the first stage. At the same time, concrete feasibility study based on ray tracing, scattering spectra, and electron cyclotron emission calculations has been conducted. PMID:19044548

  15. Subterahertz gyrotron developments for collective Thomson scattering in LHD

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    Notake, T.; Saito, T.; Tatematsu, Y.; Fujii, A.; Agusu, La; Ogawa, I.; Idehara, T.; Kubo, S.; Shimozuma, T.; Tanaka, K.; Nishiura, M.

    2008-10-15

    Collective Thomson scattering (CTS) is expected to provide the spatially resolved velocity distribution functions of not only thermal and tail ions but also alpha particles resulting from fusion reactions. CTS using gyrotrons with frequency higher than the conventional ones used for plasma heating would have advantages to alleviate refraction, cutoff effects, and background electron cyclotron emission noise. Therefore, a high-power pulse gyrotron operating at approximately 400 GHz is being developed for CTS in Large Helical Device (LHD). A single-mode oscillation with a frequency greater than 400 GHz, applying the second-harmonic resonance, was successfully demonstrated in the first stage. At the same time, concrete feasibility study based on ray tracing, scattering spectra, and electron cyclotron emission calculations has been conducted.

  16. Conceptual design of a polarimetric Thomson scattering diagnostic in ITER

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    Giudicotti, L.; Bassan, M.; Orsitto, F. P.; Pasqualotto, R.; Kempenaars, M.; Flanagan, J.

    2016-01-01

    Polarimetric Thomson scattering (TS) is a novel diagnostic technique proposed as an alternative to conventional (spectral) TS, for the measurement of the electron temperature Te and density ne in very hot fusion plasmas. Contrary to spectral TS, which is based on the reconstruction of the Doppler broadened frequency spectrum, in polarimetric TS Te is determined from the depolarization of the scattered radiation. The technique is suitable for ITER, where it is expected to be competitive with conventional spectral TS for measurements in the highest Te range, specially in backward-like conditions with the scattering angle 90° ll θ <= 180°. In this paper we consider a hypothetical polarimetric TS diagnostic for ITER and evaluate its performance for the θ = 145° scattering condition typical of the core TS system and also for a different scattering geometry in which, using a tangential laser beam, the central region of the ITER plasma can be observed under a scattering angle θ ~ 75°. In both cases we calculate the expected errors on the measured Te and ne that can be obtained with a simple, two-channel polarimeter, and taking into account that only a fraction of the TS wavelength spectrum is detected. In both cases the expected performances are compared with those of the conventional spectral core TS diagnostic to determine the plasma conditions in which the polarimetric technique is more advantageous. A measurement of the depolarization effect of the TS radiation using the JET High Resolution TS system of JET is also discussed.

  17. The Thomson Scattering System on the Lithium Tokamak eXperiment (LTX)

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    T. Strickler, R. Majeski, R. Kaita, B. LeBlanc

    2008-07-31

    The Lithium Tokamak eXperiment (LTX) is a spherical tokamak with R0 = 0.4m, a = 0.26m, BTF ~ 3.4kG, IP ~ 400kA, and pulse length ~ 0.25s. The goal of LTX is to investigate tokamak plasmas that are almost entirely surrounded by a lithium-coated plasma-facing shell conformal to the last closed magnetic flux surface. Based on previous experimental results and simulation, it is expected that the low-recycling liquid lithium surfaces will result in higher temperatures at the plasma edge, flatter overall temperature profiles, centrally-peaked density profiles, and an increased confinement time. To test these predictions, the electron temperature and density profiles in LTX will be measured by a multi-point Thomson scattering system (TVTS). Initially, TS measurements will be made at up to 12 simultaneous points between the plasma center and plasma edge. Later, high resolution edge measurements will be deployed to study the lithium edge physics in greater detail. Technical challenges to implementing the TS system included limited "line of sight" access to the plasma due to the plasma-facing shell and problems associated with the presence of liquid lithium.

  18. Nonlinear Thomson scattering of an ultrashort laser pulse

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    Golovinski, P. A. Mikhin, E. A.

    2011-10-15

    The nonlinear scattering of an ultrashort laser pulse by free electrons is considered. The pulse is described in the 'Mexican hat' wavelet basis. The equation of motion for a charged particle in the field of a plane electromagnetic wave has an exact solution allowing, together with the instant spectrum approximation, the calculation of the intensity of nonlinear Thomson scattering for a high-intensity laser pulse. The spectral distribution of scattered radiation for the entire pulse duration is found by integrating with respect to time. The maximum of the emission spectrum of a free electron calculated in 10{sup 19}-10{sup 21} W/cm{sup 2} fields lies in the UV spectral region between 3 and 12 eV. A part of the continuous spectrum achieves high photon energies. One percent of the scattered energy for the field intensity 10{sup 20} W/cm{sup 2} is concentrated in the range h{omega} > 2.7 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 2} eV, for a field intensity of 10{sup 21} W/cm{sup 2} in the range h{Omega} > 7.9 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 2} eV, and for an intensity of 10{sup 22} W/cm{sup 2} in the range h{Omega} > 2.45 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 5} eV. These results allow us to estimate nonlinear scattering as a source of hard X-rays.

  19. The Thomson scattering systems of the ASDEX upgrade tokamak

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    Murmann, H.; Goetsch, S.; Roehr, H.; Salzmann, H.; Steuer, K.H. )

    1992-10-01

    The Thomson scattering system of the ASDEX upgrade (AUG) tokamak is described. One of the main objectives of AUG is to investigate plasma wall interaction in reactor relevant discharges with a magnetic divertor. The very successful Nd:YAG scattering system developed for its predecessor ASDEX, has been upgraded to give higher spatial and temporal resolution, reliability, and flexibility to different discharge conditions. The system consists of two independently operating devices, each using a cluster of six lasers: One measures the electron temperature and density along three possible vertical chords alternatively through the magnetic axis, or the inner or outer boundary layer; a second chord in the equatorial plane will always cover the magnetic center even in the case of considerable Shafranov shifts. An additional compact spectrometer has been designed for measurements with high radial resolution in the equatorial plane across the separatrix. A third system, using the laser beams for the vertical arrangement once again, has been designed for profile measurements in the energy deposition zone 2 cm above the outer divertor plate. Each laser is run at a repetition rate of 20 Hz and 1 J per pulse. A variety of synchronization modes are available, e.g., 20 Hz/6 J, 120 Hz/1 J etc., or repetitive bursts at 20 Hz. In this case the minimum delay between two pulses is presently limited to {approx}30 {mu}s by the existing data acquisition. This mode will be used for investigating fast phenomena such as sawteeth or disruptive instabilities. During the time intervals between the laser pulses the bremsstrahlung radiation (line integral) will be measured by the Thomson scattering detection system to calculate {ital Z}{sub eff}.

  20. Design of multipulse Thomson scattering diagnostic for SST-1 tokamak

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    Kumar, Ajai; Chavda, Chhaya; Saxena, Y. C.; Singh, Ranjeet; Thakar, Aruna; Thomas, Jinto; Patel, Kiran; Pandya, Kaushal; Bedakihale, Vijay

    2007-04-01

    A multipulse Nd:YAG (Yttrium aluminum garnet) Thomson scattering (TS) system is designed and developed for measuring electron temperature (Te) and density (ne) profiles of SST-1 tokamak. The system operates at vertical, divertor, and horizontal (midplane) regions of plasma and measures the electron temperature of 20eVto1.5keV and density of 1018-1019m-3. Six Nd:YAG lasers synchronized with external control is used to get three different temporal resolutions (30Hz, 180Hz, and 1kHz). The entire system is laboratory tested for the stability of alignment and performance over a distance of 30m. Different imaging lens assemblies are designed to image the scattered photons from each of the scattering region to an array of optical fibers. A low cost and compact five-channel interference filter polychromator is designed, fabricated, and tested for its image quality and the filter transmission characteristics. Detection system with an avalanche photodiode and required signal conditioning electronics is developed for detecting the scattered photons. A data acquisition and control module operating on PXI bus is developed for the real time data acquisition and system control. A detailed description of design and testing of TS subsystems is presented in this article.

  1. High resolution Thomson scattering for Joint European Torus (JET)

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    Pasqualotto, R.; Nielsen, P.; Gowers, C.; Beurskens, M.; Kempenaars, M.; Carlstrom, T.; Johnson, D.

    2004-10-01

    A Thomson scattering system is being developed for Joint European Torus with 15 mm spatial resolution and a foreseen accuracy for temperature better than 15% at a density of 10{sup 19} m{sup -3}. This resolution is required at the internal transport barrier and edge pedestal and it can not be fully achieved with the present light detection and ranging systems. The laser for this system is Nd:YAG, 5 Joule, 20 Hz. Scattering volumes from R=2.9 m to R=3.9 m are imaged onto 1 mm diameter fibers, with F/25 collection aperture. Two fibers are used per scattering volume. Using optical delay lines, three scattering volumes are combined in each of the 21 filter polychromators. The signals are recorded with transient digitizers, which allow the combined time delayed signals to be resolved. Knowledge of the time delay between signals allows the use of correlation techniques in determining signal levels. The ac output of the amplifier is used, which tolerates a higher level of background signal without affecting dynamic range. The noise resulting from plasma light is determined directly.

  2. Progress of microwave collective Thomson scattering in LHD

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    Tanaka, K.; Nishiura, M.; Kubo, S.; Shimozuma, T.; Saito, T.

    2015-12-01

    Microwave collective Thomson scattering (CTS) by using a 77 GHz gyrotron is routinely working in LHD and the improvements of the system is now underway. The targets of this diagnostic are measurements of energetic fast ion distribution and ion ratio. In the present system, 800kW 77 GHz gyrotron is injected horizontally and scattered radiation is received changing scattering angle. The system works with existence of electron cyclotron resonance layer. Thus, most of the power is absorbed at the layer like beam damping and stray radiation dramatically decreases. Gyrotron is modulated at 40 Hz, then, background ECE, which is signal in gyrotron off phase, is subtracted from scattered signal in gyrotron on phase. The perturbation of electron temperature due to the gyrotron injection is almost negligible. Temporal evolution of CTS spectrum is obtained by 32ch filter bank receiver through discharge and fine spectrum is obtained by 10 GHz sampling fast digitizer for 80 ms. Change of the width and asymmetry of CTS spectrum is observed after turning off of tangentially injected neutral beam (NB). This is qualitatively consistent with reduction of fast ion density. Preliminary data of ion ratio between hydrogen and helium are also obtained.

  3. Thomson scattering experiments on a 100 MHz inductively coupled plasma calibrated by Raman scattering

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    de Regt, J.M.; Engeln, R.A.H.; de Groote, F.P.J.; van der Mullen, J.A.M.; Schram, D.C.

    1995-05-01

    A new calibration method to obtain the electron density from Thomson scattering on an inductively coupled plasma is discussed. Raman scattering of nitrogen is used for recovering the Rayleigh scattering signal. This has the advantage that no corrections are necessary for stray light, like with other calibration methods, using the direct measured Rayleigh scattering signal on a well-known gas. It is shown that electron densities and electron temperatures can be measured with an accuracy of about 15% in density and of about 150 K in temperature. {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital American} {ital Institute} {ital of} {ital Physics}.

  4. Performance of JT-60SA divertor Thomson scattering diagnostics

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    Kajita, Shin; Hatae, Takaki; Tojo, Hiroshi; Hamano, Takashi; Shimizu, Katsuhiro; Kawashima, Hisato; Enokuchi, Akito

    2015-08-15

    For the satellite tokamak JT-60 Super Advanced (JT-60SA), a divertor Thomson scattering measurement system is planning to be installed. In this study, we improved the design of the collection optics based on the previous one, in which it was found that the solid angle of the collection optics became very small, mainly because of poor accessibility to the measurement region. By improvement, the solid angle was increased by up to approximately five times. To accurately assess the measurement performance, background noise was assessed using the plasma parameters in two typical discharges in JT-60SA calculated from the SONIC code. Moreover, the influence of the reflection of bremsstrahlung radiation by the wall is simulated by using a ray tracing simulation. The errors in the temperature and the density are assessed based on the simulation results for three typical field of views.

  5. Thomson scattering in high-intensity chirped laser pulses

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    Holkundkar, Amol R.; Harvey, Chris; Marklund, Mattias

    2015-10-01

    We consider the Thomson scattering of an electron in an ultra-intense laser pulse. It is well known that at high laser intensities, the frequency and brilliance of the emitted radiation will be greatly reduced due to the electron losing energy before it reaches the peak field. In this work, we investigate the use of a small frequency chirp in the laser pulse in order to mitigate this effect of radiation reaction. It is found that the introduction of a negative chirp means the electron enters a high frequency region of the field while it still has a large proportion of its original energy. This results in a significant enhancement of the frequency and intensity of the emitted radiation as compared to the case without chirping.

  6. Thomson scattering in high-intensity chirped laser pulses

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    Holkundkar, Amol R.; Harvey, Chris Marklund, Mattias

    2015-10-15

    We consider the Thomson scattering of an electron in an ultra-intense laser pulse. It is well known that at high laser intensities, the frequency and brilliance of the emitted radiation will be greatly reduced due to the electron losing energy before it reaches the peak field. In this work, we investigate the use of a small frequency chirp in the laser pulse in order to mitigate this effect of radiation reaction. It is found that the introduction of a negative chirp means the electron enters a high frequency region of the field while it still has a large proportion of its original energy. This results in a significant enhancement of the frequency and intensity of the emitted radiation as compared to the case without chirping.

  7. Thomson scattering measurements from asymmetric interpenetrating plasma flows.

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    Ross, J S; Moody, J D; Fiuza, F; Ryutov, D; Divol, L; Huntington, C M; Park, H-S

    2014-11-01

    Imaging Thomson scattering measurements of collective ion-acoustic fluctuations have been utilized to determine ion temperature and density from laser produced counter-streaming asymmetric flows. Two foils are heated with 8 laser beams each, 500 J per beam, at the Omega Laser facility. Measurements are made 4 mm from the foil surface using a 60 J 2ω probe laser with a 200 ps pulse length. Measuring the electron density and temperature from the electron-plasma fluctuations constrains the fit of the multi-ion species, asymmetric flows theoretical form factor for the ion feature such that the ion temperatures, ion densities, and flow velocities for each plasma flow are determined. PMID:25430359

  8. Performance of JT-60SA divertor Thomson scattering diagnostics.

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    Kajita, Shin; Hatae, Takaki; Tojo, Hiroshi; Enokuchi, Akito; Hamano, Takashi; Shimizu, Katsuhiro; Kawashima, Hisato

    2015-08-01

    For the satellite tokamak JT-60 Super Advanced (JT-60SA), a divertor Thomson scattering measurement system is planning to be installed. In this study, we improved the design of the collection optics based on the previous one, in which it was found that the solid angle of the collection optics became very small, mainly because of poor accessibility to the measurement region. By improvement, the solid angle was increased by up to approximately five times. To accurately assess the measurement performance, background noise was assessed using the plasma parameters in two typical discharges in JT-60SA calculated from the SONIC code. Moreover, the influence of the reflection of bremsstrahlung radiation by the wall is simulated by using a ray tracing simulation. The errors in the temperature and the density are assessed based on the simulation results for three typical field of views. PMID:26329196

  9. Thomson scattering diagnostic upgrade on DIII-D

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    Ponce-Marquez, D. M.; Bray, B. D.; Deterly, T. M.; Liu, C.; Eldon, D.

    2010-10-15

    The DIII-D Thomson scattering system has been upgraded. A new data acquisition hardware was installed, adding the capacity for additional spatial channels and longer acquisition times for temperature and density measurements. Detector modules were replaced with faster transimpedance circuitry, increasing the signal-to-noise ratio by a factor of 2. This allows for future expansion to the edge system. A second phase upgrade scheduled for 2010-2011 includes the installation of four 1 J/pulse Nd:YAG lasers at 50 Hz repetition rate. This paper presents the first completed phase of the upgrade and performance comparison between the original system and the upgraded system. The plan for the second phase is also presented.

  10. Collective Thomson scattering investigations of the Hall thruster plasma

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    Tsikata, Sedina; Honore, Cyrille; Gresillon, Dominique; Lemoine, Nicolas; Cavalier, Jordan

    2012-10-01

    Anomalous electron transport outside the Hall thruster channel is believed to be due to plasma turbulence. Recent experiments using a specially-designed collective Thomson scattering diagnostic on a 5kW thruster have permitted the identification of a wave believed to be involved in transport. The observed properties of the mode, which is naturally driven by the fast azimuthal electron drift, are in line with predictions from PIC simulations and linear kinetic theory analysis. Detailed characterizations of mode properties, including dispersion relation, directivity, spatial extent and fluctuation amplitude have been obtained. These studies are now extended to consider the universality of mode features in a 200W permanent magnet Hall thruster and links between thruster performance, operating r'egimes and the presence of such a mode.

  11. Pulse-burst laser systems for fast Thomson scattering (invited).

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    Den Hartog, D J; Ambuel, J R; Borchardt, M T; Falkowski, A F; Harris, W S; Holly, D J; Parke, E; Reusch, J A; Robl, P E; Stephens, H D; Yang, Y M

    2010-10-01

    Two standard commercial flashlamp-pumped Nd:YAG (YAG denotes yttrium aluminum garnet) lasers have been upgraded to "pulse-burst" capability. Each laser produces a burst of up to 15 2 J Q-switched pulses (1064 nm) at repetition rates of 1-12.5 kHz. Variable pulse-width drive (0.15-0.39 ms) of the flashlamps is accomplished by insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) switching of electrolytic capacitor banks. Direct control of the laser Pockels cell drive enables optimal pulse energy extraction, and up to four 2 J laser pulses during one flashlamp pulse. These lasers are used in the Thomson scattering plasma diagnostic system on the MST reversed-field pinch to record the dynamic evolution of the electron temperature profile and temperature fluctuations. To further these investigations, a custom pulse-burst laser system with a maximum pulse repetition rate of 250 kHz is now being commissioned. PMID:21033868

  12. Pulse-burst laser systems for fast Thomson scattering (invited)

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    Den Hartog, D. J.; Ambuel, J. R.; Holly, D. J.; Robl, P. E.; Borchardt, M. T.; Falkowski, A. F.; Harris, W. S.; Parke, E.; Reusch, J. A.; Stephens, H. D.; Yang, Y. M.

    2010-10-15

    Two standard commercial flashlamp-pumped Nd:YAG (YAG denotes yttrium aluminum garnet) lasers have been upgraded to ''pulse-burst'' capability. Each laser produces a burst of up to 15 2 J Q-switched pulses (1064 nm) at repetition rates of 1-12.5 kHz. Variable pulse-width drive (0.15-0.39 ms) of the flashlamps is accomplished by insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) switching of electrolytic capacitor banks. Direct control of the laser Pockels cell drive enables optimal pulse energy extraction, and up to four 2 J laser pulses during one flashlamp pulse. These lasers are used in the Thomson scattering plasma diagnostic system on the MST reversed-field pinch to record the dynamic evolution of the electron temperature profile and temperature fluctuations. To further these investigations, a custom pulse-burst laser system with a maximum pulse repetition rate of 250 kHz is now being commissioned.

  13. Thomson scattering measurements from asymmetric interpenetrating plasma flows

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    Ross, J. S. Moody, J. D.; Fiuza, F.; Ryutov, D.; Divol, L.; Huntington, C. M.; Park, H.-S.

    2014-11-15

    Imaging Thomson scattering measurements of collective ion-acoustic fluctuations have been utilized to determine ion temperature and density from laser produced counter-streaming asymmetric flows. Two foils are heated with 8 laser beams each, 500 J per beam, at the Omega Laser facility. Measurements are made 4 mm from the foil surface using a 60 J 2ω probe laser with a 200 ps pulse length. Measuring the electron density and temperature from the electron-plasma fluctuations constrains the fit of the multi-ion species, asymmetric flows theoretical form factor for the ion feature such that the ion temperatures, ion densities, and flow velocities for each plasma flow are determined.

  14. Calibration of a Thomson scattering diagnostic for fluctuation measurements

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    Stephens, H. D.; Borchardt, M. T.; Den Hartog, D. J.; Falkowski, A. F.; Holly, D. J.; O'Connell, R.; Reusch, J. A.

    2008-10-15

    Detailed calibrations of the Madison Symmetric Torus polychromator Thomson scattering system have been made suitable for electron temperature fluctuation measurements. All calibrations have taken place focusing on accuracy, ease of use and repeatability, and in situ measurements wherever possible. Novel calibration processes have been made possible with an insertable integrating sphere (ISIS), using an avalanche photodiode (APD) as a reference detector and optical parametric oscillator (OPO). Discussed are a novel in situ spatial calibration with the use of the ISIS, the use of an APD as a reference detector to streamline the APD calibration process, a standard dc spectral calibration, and in situ pulsed spectral calibration made possible with a combination of an OPO as a light source, the ISIS, and an APD used as a reference detector. In addition a relative quantum efficiency curve for the APDs is obtained to aid in uncertainty analysis.

  15. Progress on Thomson scattering in the Pegasus Toroidal Experiment

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    Schlossberg, D. J.; Bongard, M. W.; Fonck, R. J.; Schoenbeck, N. L.; Winz, G. R.

    2013-11-01

    A novel Thomson scattering system has been implemented on the Pegasus Toroidal Experiment where typical densities of 1019 m-3 and electron temperatures of 10 to 500 eV are expected. The system leverages technological advances in high-energy pulsed lasers, volume phase holographic (VPH) diffraction gratings, and gated image intensified (ICCD) cameras to provide a relatively low-maintenance, economical, robust diagnostic system. Scattering is induced by a frequency-doubled, Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (2 J at 532 nm, 7 ns FWHM pulse) directed to the plasma over a 7.7 m long beam path, and focused to < 3 mm throughout the collection region. Inter-shot beam alignment is adjustable with less than a 0.01 mm spatial resolution in the collection region. A custom lens system collects scattered photons at radii 15 cm to 85 cm from the machine's center, at ~ F/6 with 14 mm radial resolution. The initial configuration provides scattering measurements at 12 spatial locations and 12 simultaneous background measurements at adjacent locations. If plasma background subtraction proves to be insignificant, these background channels will be used as viewing channels. Each spectrometer supports 8 spatial channels and can provide 8 or more spectral bins each. The spectrometers use high-efficiency VPH transmission gratings (eff. > 80%) and fast-gated ICCDs (gate > 2 ns, Gen III intensifier) with high-throughput (F/1.8), achromatic lensing. A stray light mitigation facility has been implemented, consisting of a multi-aperture optical baffle system and a simple beam dump. Successful stray light reduction has enabled detection of scattered signal, and Rayleigh scattering has been used to provide a relative calibration. Initial temperature measurements have been made and data analysis algorithms are under development.

  16. Comparative electron temperature measurements of Thomson scattering and electron cyclotron emission diagnostics in TCABR plasmas

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    Alonso, M. P.; Figueiredo, A. C. A.; Berni, L. A.; Machida, M.

    2010-10-15

    We present the first simultaneous measurements of the Thomson scattering and electron cyclotron emission radiometer diagnostics performed at TCABR tokamak with Alfven wave heating. The Thomson scattering diagnostic is an upgraded version of the one previously installed at the ISTTOK tokamak, while the electron cyclotron emission radiometer employs a heterodyne sweeping radiometer. For purely Ohmic discharges, the electron temperature measurements from both diagnostics are in good agreement. Additional Alfven wave heating does not affect the capability of the Thomson scattering diagnostic to measure the instantaneous electron temperature, whereas measurements from the electron cyclotron emission radiometer become underestimates of the actual temperature values.

  17. Thomson scattering diagnostic for the TdeV tokamak

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    Côté, A.; Michaud, D.; Richard, N.; Neufeld, R.; Legros, C.

    1995-01-01

    The Thomson scattering diagnostic system on the TdeV tokamak (R/a=87/27 cm, BT=1.5 T, Ip<300 kA) routinely monitors electron temperature (Te) and density (ne). The scattered light from a vertically oriented Nd:YAG laser beam (E=0.8 J, f=50 Hz, Δt=30 ns) is analyzed by six polychromators looking at different vertical positions. Each polychromator splits the light into three spectral bands by means of bandpass interference filters. Avalanche photodiode detectors are used to measure the scattered radiation. These detectors also measure the plasma radiation (including bremsstrahlung) between laser pulses. Two polychromators are optimized for edge temperature measurements (50

  18. Study of the effects of photon statistics on Thomson scattering data

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    Hart, G.W.; Levinton, F.M.; McNeill, D.H.

    1985-12-01

    A computer code has been developed which simulates the counting statistics of a Thomson scattering measurement. The scattered and background signals in each of the wavelength channels are assumed to obey Poisson statistics, and the spectral data are fitted to a Gaussian curve using a nonlinear least-squares fitting algorithm. This method should be applicable to Thomson scattering measurements in which the signal-to-noise ratio is low due to low signal or high background. Thomson scattering data from the S-1 Spheromak have been compared to this simulation, and they have been found to be in good agreement. This code has proved to be useful assessing the effects of counting statistics relative to shot-to-shot variability in producing the observed spread in the data. It was also useful for designing improvements for the S-1 Thomson scattering system, and this method would be applicable to any measurements affected by counting statistics. 5 refs., 1 fig.

  19. Dual-laser calibration of Thomson scattering systems in ITER and RFX-mod

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    Giudicotti, L.; Pasqualotto, R.

    2014-04-01

    We first review the principles of the dual-laser calibration technique for measuring the relative sensitivities of the spectral channels in a Thomson scattering (TS) diagnostic system by detecting with the same spectrometer the spectra scattered by the same plasma volume from two laser pulses of different wavelengths. A new data analysis method is then introduced, based on the minimization of a single χ2 function, that provides a simpler and more convenient way to determine the measurement errors on the calibration coefficients. The new analysis method is used here to investigate the expected performances of this calibration technique in the core LIDAR TS system of ITER currently under design and in the conventional multipoint TS system of RFX-mod. By calculating the expected calibration errors for typical plasma scenarios we discuss the different possible choices of the calibration laser, the characteristics of the calibrating plasma and other system parameters with an impact on the application of the technique. For ITER core LIDAR TS, designed with Nd : YAG at 1064 nm as main laser, a ruby laser shows slightly better performances as a calibration laser compared with a second harmonic Nd : YAG and a calibration accuracy ˜1% can be achieved in a relatively small number of pairs of laser pulses. In RFX-mod the combination of a Nd : YAG and a Nd : YLF laser systems is the only viable choice, and we find that, in spite of the small difference between the two wavelengths (λ = 1064 nm and λ = 1053 nm, respectively), dual-laser calibration is still possible to the required accuracy with an affordable number of pairs of laser shots.

  20. Installation of a Thomson scattering diagnostic on the Compact Toroidal Hybrid Experiment

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    Traverso, P. J.; Maurer, D. A.; Ennis, D. A.; Hartwell, G. J.; Cianciosa, M. R.

    2015-11-01

    A Thomson scattering system is being commissioned for the non-axisymmetric plasmas of the Compact Toroidal Hybrid (CTH), a five-field period current-carrying torsatron. The initial system takes a single point measurement on the magnetic axis and will be used to assess options for an expansion to a multi-point system to enable better 3D equilibrium reconstructions using the V3FIT code. A single point measurement will reduce the uncertainty in the reconstructed peak pressure by an order of magnitude for both current-carrying plasmas and future gyrotron-heated stellarator plasmas. The beam, generated by a frequency doubled Continuum 2 J, Nd:YaG laser, is passed vertically through an entrance Brewster window and a two-aperture optical baffle system to minimize stray light. The beam line is designed to propagate ~ 8 m to the mid-plane of the CTH device with the beam diameter < 3 mm inside the plasma volume. An Andor iStar DH740-18U-C3 image intensified CCD camera is used in conjunction with a Holospec f/1.8 spectrograph to collect the red-shifted scattered light from 532-580 nm. A single point system will initially measure plasmas with core electron temperatures of 100 to 200 eV and densities of 5 ×1018 to 5 ×1019 m-3. This work is supported by U.S. Department of Energy Grant No. DE-FG02-00ER54610.

  1. Single-pulse Multi-point Multi-component Interferometric Rayleigh Scattering Velocimeter

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    Bivolaru, Daniel; Danehy, Paul M.; Lee, Joseph W.; Gaffney, Richard L., Jr.; Cutler, Andrew W.

    2006-01-01

    A simultaneous multi-point, multi-component velocimeter using interferometric detection of the Doppler shift of Rayleigh, Mie, and Rayleigh-Brillouin scattered light in supersonic flow is described. The system uses up to three sets of collection optics and one beam combiner for the reference laser light to form a single collimated beam. The planar Fabry-Perot interferometer used in the imaging mode for frequency detection preserves the spatial distribution of the signal reasonably well. Single-pulse multi-points measurements of up to two orthogonal and one non-orthogonal components of velocity in a Mach 2 free jet were performed to demonstrate the technique. The average velocity measurements show a close agreement with the CFD calculations using the VULCAN code.

  2. Optical Thomson scattering measurements of cylindrical wire array parameters

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    Harvey-Thompson, A. J.; Lebedev, S. V.; Patankar, S.; Bland, S. N.; Burdiak, G.; Chittenden, J. P.; Colaitis, A.; De Grouchy, P.; Hall, G. N.; Khoory, E.; Pickworth, L.; Suzuki-Vidal, F.; Smith, R. A.; Skidmore, J.; Suttle, L.; Swadling, G. F.; Hohenberger, M.

    2012-05-15

    A Thomson scattering diagnostic has been used to measure the parameters of cylindrical wire array Z pinch plasmas. The scattering operates in the collective regime ({alpha}>1) allowing spatially localised measurements of the ion or electron plasma temperatures and of the plasma bulk velocity. The ablation flow is found to accelerate towards the axis reaching peak velocities of 1.2-1.3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 7} cm/s in aluminium and {approx}1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 7} cm/s in tungsten arrays. Measurements of the precursor ion temperature shortly after formation are found to correspond to the kinetic energy of the converging ablation flow. Measurements during the implosion phase of tungsten arrays show the main imploding mass reaches velocities of {approx}1.4-1.7 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 7} cm/s and is non-zero even at large radii close to the start of the x-ray pulse indicating current flow in the trailing mass.

  3. Laser Thomson Scattering Diagnostics in the Low-Temperature Plasmas

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    Woo, Hyun-Jong; Chung, Kyu-Sun

    2008-10-01

    Laser Thomson Scattering (LTS) is the non-invasive method for measuring the electron temperature and its density, which can be used for the calibrations of electric probes within collisional and magnetized plasmas. For LTS diagnostics in the low-temperature plasmas, one need to special optics for detection of the scattered light with restricting the Rayleigh and Stray lights. For this, one uses the Triple Grating Spectrometer (TGS), which is composed of Rayleigh block (notch filter for Rayleigh light) and double grating filter (DGF). All focusing lenses are used with achromatic doublet configuration for reducing the non-linear optical effects such as spherical aberration, coma, etc. The specifications of the grating and achromatic doublet lens are 1800 gr/mm with the dimensions of 84 mm x 84 mm and 400 mm of focal length with the diameter of 100 mm, respectively. In this configurations, the linear dispersion is given as 1.006 nm/mm. Considering the dimension of Charged Coupled Device (CCD) with the linear dispersion, the LTS system can be measure the electron temperatures of less than 10 eV (in most laboratory plasmas). The initial measurement of LTS measurement and comparative study with single probe are done in Divertor Plasma Simulator (DiPS) with the following plasma parameters; plasma density of 10^11-10^13 cm-3, electron temperature of 1-4 eV, and the magnetic field of 0.2-1 kG, respectively.

  4. Central Thomson scattering upgrade on DIII-D

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    Nilson, D.G.; Stallard, B.W.; Carlstrom, T.N.; Hsieh, C.L.; Stockdale, R.E.

    1997-11-01

    The existing 36 channel Thomson scattering system on the DIII-D tokamak measures the plasma temperature and density in the core region. However, with the recent interest in core peaked density profiles, coverage needs to be extended into the magnetic axis. This paper addresses the technical issues involved with extending the viewing region from a major radius of 194 cm to 165 cm. At least one of the existing seven core laser beams will be rerouted to probe the plasma horizontally instead of vertically. To do this, a rigid extension of the existing laser/collection optics tower will be built to route the laser to a nearby tangential port. A fiber bundle array from one of the two existing core plasma collection optics sets will be rotated to allow up to 10 of the 36 core channels to view along this new beam path. A new in-vessel absorbing glass laser dump must be developed since there are no appropriate laser beam exit ports. The close proximity of this laser dump to the viewing region presents stray light issues that must be resolved to allow for an accurate density calibration using Rayleigh scattering in argon gas.

  5. New Thomson scattering Laser Control for DIII-D

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    Makariou, C.C.; Stockdale, R.E.; Carlstrom, T.N.; Hsieh, C.L.; Bramson, G.

    1993-10-01

    A Laser Control system has been built for the DIII-D Scattering Diagnostic. This new system has provided the capability to place the laser probe pulses with one microsecond timing precision throughout the DIII-D shot. The new system fires the eight lasers with a programmable sequence which repeats ever 50 ms. If one wants to probe the plasma at a higher rate to study a fast paced event, the new control circuit can fire all charged lasers in rapid succession (BURST MODE). This burst rate is programmable. The new Laser Control system successfully replaced the previous control scheme which consisted of three VME Motorola 68030 computers (one host under UNIX VME V/68 and two interrupt driven targets under VME Exec. The old system was not successful due to the many VME interrupts needed to service the lasers. The new hardware approach is much more reliable. The old system still controls data acquisition and as a monitoring system since it does not have the burden of controlling the lasers. A brief description of the Thomson Scattering diagnostic will be presented with emphasis in the new upgraded laser firing control system and data acquisition timing control.

  6. Beam-shape effects in nonlinear Compton and Thomson scattering

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    Heinzl, T.; Seipt, D.; Kaempfer, B.

    2010-02-15

    We discuss intensity effects in collisions between beams of optical photons from a high-power laser and relativistic electrons. Our main focus is on the modifications of the emission spectra due to realistic finite-beam geometries. By carefully analyzing the classical limit we precisely quantify the distinction between strong-field QED Compton scattering and classical Thomson scattering. A purely classical, but fully covariant, calculation of the bremsstrahlung emitted by an electron in a plane-wave laser field yields radiation into harmonics, as expected. This result is generalized to pulses of finite duration and explains the appearance of line broadening and harmonic substructure as an interference phenomenon. The ensuing numerical treatment confirms that strong focusing of the laser leads to a broad continuum while higher harmonics become visible only at moderate focusing, and hence lower intensity. We present a scaling law for the backscattered photon spectral density which facilitates averaging over electron beam phase space. Finally, we propose a set of realistic parameters such that the observation of intensity-induced spectral red shift, higher harmonics, and their substructure becomes feasible.

  7. Detection of dust on JET with the high resolution Thomson scattering system

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    Giovannozzi, E.; Rydzy, A.; Beurskens, M.; Kempenaars, M.; Collaboration: JET EFDA Contributors

    2010-10-15

    Dust particles have been observed with Thomson scattering systems on several tokamaks. We present here the first evidence of dust particles observed by the new high resolution Thomson scattering system on JET. The system consists of filter spectrometers that analyze the Thomson scattering spectrum from 670 to 1050 nm in four spectral channels. The laser source is a 5 J Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. Without a spectral channel at the laser wavelength, only dust particles that emit broadband light could be detected; these particles have been observed on JET after disruptions. The timing of their emission is clearly different from that expected for a Thomson scattering pulse. The light pulse from dust happens after the peak of the laser light and has a long tail.

  8. Detection of dust on JET with the high resolution Thomson scattering systema)

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    Giovannozzi, E.; Beurskens, M.; Kempenaars, M.; Pasqualotto, R.; Rydzy, A.; JET EFDA Contributors

    2010-10-01

    Dust particles have been observed with Thomson scattering systems on several tokamaks. We present here the first evidence of dust particles observed by the new high resolution Thomson scattering system on JET. The system consists of filter spectrometers that analyze the Thomson scattering spectrum from 670 to 1050 nm in four spectral channels. The laser source is a 5 J Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. Without a spectral channel at the laser wavelength, only dust particles that emit broadband light could be detected; these particles have been observed on JET after disruptions. The timing of their emission is clearly different from that expected for a Thomson scattering pulse. The light pulse from dust happens after the peak of the laser light and has a long tail.

  9. In-line phase-contrast imaging based on Tsinghua Thomson scattering x-ray source.

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    Zhang, Zhen; Du, Yingchao; Yan, Lixin; Hua, Jianfei; Yang, Jin; Xiao, Yongshun; Huang, Wenhui; Chen, Huaibi; Tang, Chuanxiang

    2014-08-01

    Thomson scattering x-ray sources can produce ultrashort, energy tunable x-ray pulses characterized by high brightness, quasi-monochromatic, and high spatial coherence, which make it an ideal source for in-line phase-contrast imaging. We demonstrate the capacity of in-line phase-contrast imaging based on Tsinghua Thomson scattering X-ray source. Clear edge enhancement effect has been observed in the experiment. PMID:25173262

  10. Electron-ion collision-frequency for x-ray Thomson scattering in dense plasmas

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    Faussurier, Gérald; Blancard, Christophe

    2016-01-01

    Two methods are presented to calculate the electron-ion collision-frequency in dense plasmas using an average-atom model. The first one is based on the Kubo-Greenwood approach. The second one uses the Born and Lenard-Balescu approximations. The two methods are used to calculate x-ray Thomson scattering spectra. Illustrations are shown for dense beryllium and aluminum plasmas. Comparisons with experiment are presented in the case of an x-ray Thomson scattering spectrum.

  11. Structures in Te profiles: High resolution Thomson scattering in the Rijnhuizen tokamak project

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    Beurskens, M. N. A.; Barth, C. J.; Lopes Cardozo, N. J.; van der Meiden, H. J.

    1999-01-01

    In the Rijnhuizen tokamak project, the double pulse multiposition Thomson scattering diagnostic is in full operation. Its high spatial resolution enables the measurement of small scale structures in Te, ne, and pe. Thomson scattering profiles during an ordinary sawtooth crash show the displacement of the hot core in great detail. Measurements on off-axis sawtoothing plasmas show that a small central part remains unaffected. Filaments are observed in plasmas which show a transient central temperature rise in response to fast edge cooling.

  12. Kinetic Enhancement of Raman Backscatter, and Electron Acoustic Thomson Scatter

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    Strozzi, D J; Williams, E A; Langdon, A B; Bers, A

    2006-09-01

    1-D Eulerian Vlasov-Maxwell simulations are presented which show kinetic enhancement of stimulated Raman backscatter (SRBS) due to electron trapping in regimes of heavy linear Landau damping. The conventional Raman Langmuir wave is transformed into a set of beam acoustic modes [L. Yin et al., Phys. Rev. E 73, 025401 (2006)]. For the first time, a low phase velocity electron acoustic wave (EAW) is seen developing from the self-consistent Raman physics. Backscatter of the pump laser off the EAW fluctuations is reported and referred to as electron acoustic Thomson scatter. This light is similar in wavelength to, although much lower in amplitude than, the reflected light between the pump and SRBS wavelengths observed in single hot spot experiments, and previously interpreted as stimulated electron acoustic scatter [D. S. Montgomery et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 155001 (2001)]. The EAW observed in our simulations is strongest well below the phase-matched frequency for electron acoustic scatter, and therefore the EAW is not produced by it. The beating of different beam acoustic modes is proposed as the EAW excitation mechanism, and is called beam acoustic decay. Supporting evidence for this process, including bispectral analysis, is presented. The linear electrostatic modes, found by projecting the numerical distribution function onto a Gauss-Hermite basis, include beam acoustic modes (some of which are unstable even without parametric coupling to light waves) and a strongly-damped EAW similar to the observed one. This linear EAW results from non-Maxwellian features in the electron distribution, rather than nonlinearity due to electron trapping.

  13. Initial Thomson Scattering Survey of Local Helicity Injection and Ohmic Plasmas at the Pegasus Toroidal Experiment

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    Schlossberg, D. J.; Bodner, G. M.; Bongard, M. W.; Fonck, R. J.; Winz, G. R.

    2014-10-01

    A multipoint Thomson scattering diagnostic has recently been installed on the Pegasus ST. The system utilizes a frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser (λ0 ~ 532 nm), spectrometers with volume phase holographic gratings, and a gated, intensified CCD camera. It provides measurements of Te and ne at 8 spatial locations for each spectrometer once per discharge. A new multiple aperture and beam dump system has been implemented to mitigate interference from stray light. This system has provided initial measurements in the core region of plasmas initiated by local helicity injection (LHI), as well as conventional Ohmic L- and H-mode discharges. Multi-shot averages of low-density (ne ~ 3 ×1018 m-3) , Ip ~ 0 . 1 MA LHI discharges show central Te ~ 75 eV at the end of the helicity injection phase. Ip ~ 0 . 13 MA Ohmic plasmas at moderate densities (ne ~ 2 ×1019 m-3) have core Te ~ 150 eV in L-mode. Generally, these plasmas do not reach transport equilibrium in the short 25 ms pulse length available. After an L-H transition, strong spectral broadening indicates increasing Te, to values above the range of the present spectrometer system with a high-dispersion VPH grating. Near-term system upgrades will focus on deploying a second spectrometer, with a lower-dispersion grating capable of measuring the 0.1-1.0 keV range. The second spectrometer system will also increase the available number of spatial channels, enabling study of H-mode pedestal structure. Work supported by US DOE Grant DE-FG02-96ER54375.

  14. Laser Thomson Scattering Diagnostics of Pulsed Filamentary Discharge Plasmas

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    Bolouki, Nima

    2012-10-01

    Laser Thomson scattering (LTS) has been applied to measure spatiotemporal evolution of electron density and electron temperature in a pulsed filamentary discharge. The light source of LTS is the second harmonics Nd:YAG laser with a energy of 8 mJ. Also a triple grating spectrometer (TGS) having high rejection rate for stray light is used to measure LTS spectra. In our experimental conditions, non-thermal and non-equilibrium micro-plasmas are generated at round atmospheric pressure. Moreover, the electrode set in this experiment is consisted of a needle electrode and a hemispherical electrode with an inter-electrode gap of 0.5 mm. The total electric charge that flows through the discharge channel vary from 20 nC to 850 nC by changing capacitance in electrical circuit. We could show that the total charge variation leads to increase in electron density from 10^22 m-3 to 10^23 m-3. However, the electron temperature remains almost constant at the main discharge. In order to investigate the streamer phase, we changed the gap up to 16mm, and then performed the LTS method to measure the electron density and electron temperature.

  15. Spectroscopic Analysis and Thomson Scattering Diagnostics of Wire Produced Plasma

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    Plechaty, Christopher; Sotnikov, Vladimir; Main, Daniel; Caplinger, James; Wallerstein, Austin; Kim, Tony

    2014-10-01

    The Lower Hybrid Drift Instability (LHDI) in plasma is driven by the presence of inhomogeneities in density, temperature, or magnetic field (Krall 1971, Davidson 1977), and occurs in systems where the electrons are magnetized and the ions are effectively unmagnetized. The LHDI is thought to occur in magnetic reconnection (Huba 1977), and has also been investigated as a mitigation technique which can allow for communications to take place through the plasma formed around hypersonic aircraft (Sotnikov 2010). To further understand the phenomenology of the LHDI, we plan to carry out experiments at the Air Force Research Laboratory, in the newly formed Plasma Physics Sensors Laboratory. In experiment, a pulsed power generator is employed to produce plasma by passing current through single, or dual-wire configurations. To characterize the plasma, a Thomson scattering diagnostic is employed, along with a visible spectroscopy diagnostic. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Defense by Riverside Research under Contract BAA-FA8650-13-C-1539.

  16. Chevron beam dump for ITER edge Thomson scattering system.

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    Yatsuka, E; Hatae, T; Vayakis, G; Bassan, M; Itami, K

    2013-10-01

    This paper contains the design of the beam dump for the ITER edge Thomson scattering system and mainly concerns its lifetime under the harsh thermal and electromagnetic loads as well as tight space allocation. The lifetime was estimated from the multi-pulse laser-induced damage threshold. In order to extend its lifetime, the structure of the beam dump was optimized. A number of bent sheets aligned parallel in the beam dump form a shape called a chevron which enables it to avoid the concentration of the incident laser pulse energy. The chevron beam dump is expected to withstand thermal loads due to nuclear heating, radiation from the plasma, and numerous incident laser pulses throughout the entire ITER project with a reasonable margin for the peak factor of the beam profile. Structural analysis was also carried out in case of electromagnetic loads during a disruption. Moreover, detailed issues for more accurate assessments of the beam dump's lifetime are clarified. Variation of the bi-directional reflection distribution function (BRDF) due to erosion by or contamination of neutral particles derived from the plasma is one of the most critical issues that needs to be resolved. In this paper, the BRDF was assumed, and the total amount of stray light and the absorbed laser energy profile on the beam dump were evaluated. PMID:24182106

  17. Chevron beam dump for ITER edge Thomson scattering system

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    Yatsuka, E.; Hatae, T.; Bassan, M.; Itami, K.; Vayakis, G.

    2013-10-15

    This paper contains the design of the beam dump for the ITER edge Thomson scattering system and mainly concerns its lifetime under the harsh thermal and electromagnetic loads as well as tight space allocation. The lifetime was estimated from the multi-pulse laser-induced damage threshold. In order to extend its lifetime, the structure of the beam dump was optimized. A number of bent sheets aligned parallel in the beam dump form a shape called a chevron which enables it to avoid the concentration of the incident laser pulse energy. The chevron beam dump is expected to withstand thermal loads due to nuclear heating, radiation from the plasma, and numerous incident laser pulses throughout the entire ITER project with a reasonable margin for the peak factor of the beam profile. Structural analysis was also carried out in case of electromagnetic loads during a disruption. Moreover, detailed issues for more accurate assessments of the beam dump's lifetime are clarified. Variation of the bi-directional reflection distribution function (BRDF) due to erosion by or contamination of neutral particles derived from the plasma is one of the most critical issues that needs to be resolved. In this paper, the BRDF was assumed, and the total amount of stray light and the absorbed laser energy profile on the beam dump were evaluated.

  18. Linear plasma response, electrostatic fluctuations and Thomson scattering

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    Rozmus, Wojciech; Zheng, Zhen; Bychenkov, Valery Yu.; Brantov, Andrei V.

    2011-10-01

    Our nonlocal and nonstationary transport theory provides a method of solution of the initial value problem for the full set of linearized Fokker-Planck kinetic equations with Landau collision operators. The closure relations reduce the problem of finding particle distribution functions to the solution of the close set of fluid equations. This has been recently realized for the electron-ion plasma in the entire range of plasma collisionality. No particular choice of the initial distribution function is necessary to derive the longitudinal plasma susceptibility from the full set of kinetic equations. We will discuss new complete results for in electron-ion plasmas. The full description of the longitudinal plasma response is used in the derivation of damping and dispersion relations for electrostatic fluctuations such as Langmuir waves, ion-acoustic and entropy modes. Particle collision effects are rigorously accounted for. The Onsager's regression of fluctuations method is applied to derive dynamical form factor S(k,w) and Thomson scattering (TS) cross-section from the set of fluid equations. We will discuss application of the nonlocal hydrodynamics to the derivation of S(k,w). In particular, we will examine the importance of an entropy mode peak as the direct measure of ion temperature in TS experiments.

  19. The LIDAR Thomson scattering diagnostic on JET (invited)

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    Salzmann, H.; Bundgaard, J.; Gadd, A.; Gowers, C.; Hansen, K. B.; Hirsch, K.; Nielsen, P.; Reed, K.; Schrödter, C.; Weisberg, K.

    1988-08-01

    By combining the time-of-flight or LIDAR principle with a Thomson backscatter diagnostic, spatial profiles of the electron temperature and density are measured in a magnetically confined fusion plasma. This technique was realized for the first time on the JET tokamak. A ruby laser (3-J pulse energy, 300-ps pulse duration, 0.5-Hz repetition rate) together with a 700-MHz bandwidth detection and registration system yields a spatial resolution of about 12 cm. A spectrometer with six channels in the wavelength range 400-800 nm gives a dynamic range of the temperature measurements of 0.3-20 keV. The stray light problem in the backscatter geometry is overcome by spectral discrimination and gating of the photomultipliers. A ruby filter in the spectral channel containing the laser wavelength allows calibration of the vignetting along the line of sight by means of Raman scattering, enabling the measurement of density profiles. The low level of background signal due to the short integration time for a single spatial point yields low statistical errors (ΔTe /Te ≊6%, Δne /ne ≊4% at Te =6 keV, ne =3×1019 m-3 ). Goodness-of-fit tests indicate that the systematic errors are within the same limits. The system is described and examples of measurements are given.

  20. Thomson scattering calibration with ultrabright supercontinuum light source

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    Pasqualotto, R.; Alfier, A.

    2006-10-15

    The recently developed supercontinuum light source (SLS) finds a useful application in the calibration of a Thomson scattering (TS) diagnostic. When filter polychromators are used, the relative responsivity of the spectral channels is generally measured with a cw halogen light source from the dc output of the detectors, while the TS signal is measured from an ac output. In a TS system with optical delay lines, like in RFX-mod, a cw light source cannot discriminate differences between the relative responsivities of the positions that share the same polychromator but are connected to different delay lines: this can be achieved with a pulsed white light source instead. In addition a pulsed source with a time response similar to the TS signals would avoid any frequency response problem, because the same ac output of the detectors used for the TS signals could also be used for the calibration. An SLS produces a 5 ns Gaussian pulse, with a wide and smooth spectrum that covers the range of 550-1600 nm. The SLS provides a light source sufficiently bright to calibrate simultaneously all spectrometers. The experimental setup used for the calibration and obtained results are presented.

  1. Observation of Hot Remnant Islands using Fast Thomson Scattering

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    Morton, L. A.; Young, W. C.; den Hartog, D. J.; Hegna, C. C.; Parke, E.; Reusch, J. A.; Jacobson, C. M.

    2015-11-01

    The MST Fast Thomson Scattering Laser, operating with repetition rates of up to 100 kHz for up to 25 laser pulses, has allowed direct observation of temperature structures produced by tearing modes rotating at 10 - 20 kHz. A hot spot observed by Fast TS coincides with the O-point of the dominant m/n = 1/6 mode reconstructed by MHD modeling from edge magnetic measurements. The electron thermal conductivity inside the island is estimated from power balance to be 75 m2/s. However, MHD modeling also predicts overlap between the n =6 and n =7 islands, producing chaotic field lines and total loss of the island flux surfaces. Ensemble-averaged data from the slower burst laser (25 kHz for 8 pulses) also indicates overlap between the temperature fluctuations associated with these modes. These temperature fluctuation also exhibits the large higher-harmonic content that characterizes the hot island in the single-shot cases. DEBS finite-beta MHD simulations qualitatively reproduce MST temperature structures in certain cases. This work is supported by the US DoE and the NSF.

  2. X-Ray Thomson Scattering Without the Chihara Decomposition

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    Magyar, Rudolph; Baczewski, Andrew; Shulenburger, Luke; Hansen, Stephanie B.; Desjarlais, Michael P.; Sandia National Laboratories Collaboration

    X-Ray Thomson Scattering is an important experimental technique used in dynamic compression experiments to measure the properties of warm dense matter. The fundamental property probed in these experiments is the electronic dynamic structure factor that is typically modeled using an empirical three-term decomposition (Chihara, J. Phys. F, 1987). One of the crucial assumptions of this decomposition is that the system's electrons can be either classified as bound to ions or free. This decomposition may not be accurate for materials in the warm dense regime. We present unambiguous first principles calculations of the dynamic structure factor independent of the Chihara decomposition that can be used to benchmark these assumptions. Results are generated using a finite-temperature real-time time-dependent density functional theory applied for the first time in these conditions. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  3. Prospects for the Thomson scattering system on NSTX-Upgrade

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    Diallo, A.; LeBlanc, B. P.; Labik, G.; Stevens, D.

    2012-10-15

    The paper discusses the projected configuration of the Thomson system on the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX-U). In this paper, we discuss the projected configuration of the Thomson system on NSTX-U. More specifically, we determine, through both optical modeling of the collection optics and in-vessel measurements, that the collecting fibers are to be displaced by at most 1 cm toward the imaging plane along the optical axis. Finally, we estimate the performance of the Thomson system in measuring the electron temperature for NSTX-U discharges.

  4. Synoptic maps constructed from brightness observations of Thomson scattering by heliospheric electrons

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    Hick, P.; Jackson, B.; Schwenn, R.

    1991-01-01

    Observations of the Thomson scattering brightness by electrons in the inner heliosphere provide a means of probing the heliospheric electron distributions. An extensive data base of Thomson scattering observations, stretching over many years, is available from the zodiacal light photometers on board the two Helios spacecraft. A survey of these data is in progress, presenting these scattering intensities in the form of synoptic maps for successive Carrington rotations. The Thomson scattering maps reflect conditions at typically several tenths of an astronomical unit from the sun. Some representative examples from the survey in comparison with other solar/heliospheric data, such as in situ observations of the Helios plasma experiment and synoptic maps constructed from magnetic field, H alpha and K-coronameter data are presented. The comparison will provide some information about the extension of solar surface features into the inner heliosphere.

  5. A simple, high performance Thomson scattering diagnostic for high temperature plasma research

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    Hartog, D.J.D.; Cekic, M.

    1994-02-01

    This Thomson scattering diagnostic is used to measure the electron temperature and density of the plasma in the MST reversed-field pinch, a magnetic confinement fusion research device. This diagnostic system is unique for its type in that it combines high performance with simple design and low cost components. In the design of this instrument, careful attention was given to the suppression of stray laser line light with simple and effective beam dumps, viewing dumps, aperatures, and a holographic edge filter. This allows the use of a single grating monochromator for dispersion of the Thomson scattered spectrum onto the microchannel plate detector. Alignment and calibration procedures for the laser beam delivery system, the scattered light collection system, and the spectrometer and detector are described. A sample Thomson scattered spectrum illustrates typical data.

  6. Studies on scattering of laser radiation from viewing dump in tokamak Thomson scattering system

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    Kumar, R.; Singh, R.; Kumar, A.

    2012-08-01

    Thomson scattering is among one of the primary diagnostics used for tokamak plasma temperature and density measurements. Spuriously scattered stray signal further deteriorates the already existing poor signal-to-noise ratio in this technique. The present paper reports experimental investigations on the angular distribution of the scattered/stray radiation from graphite and a stack of laser blades dumps for different angles of incidence. Experimental results show a dependence of the stray signal on the dump-edge orientation. It is found that horizontally oriented dump edge produces a minimum level of stray light (around two orders less than in case of plane graphite tiles) in the horizontal plane, in which detectors for most of the diagnostics are installed. Studies are also made for p-polarized and s-polarized incident laser beams of 632.8 nm and 1064 nm wavelengths.

  7. Raman calibration of the HT-7 yttrium aluminum garnet Thomson scattering for electron density measurements

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    Zang Qing; Zhao Junyu; Gao Xiang; Shi Lingwei; Zhang Tao; Xi Xiaoqi; Yang Li; Hu Qingsheng; Sajjad, S.

    2007-11-15

    A multipulse neodym doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser Thomson scattering system calibrated by the anti-Stokes rotational Raman scattering from nitrogen gas had been developed in the HT-7 superconducting Tokmak. By virtue of this system, measured electron density results of the plasma were obtained. The results showed good repeatability and its total uncertainty was estimated to be {+-}18%.

  8. Improvements of data quality of the LHD Thomson scattering diagnostics in high-temperature plasma experiments

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    Yamada, I.; Narihara, K.; Funaba, H.; Hayashi, H.; Kohmoto, T.; Takahashi, H.; Shimozuma, T.; Kubo, S.; Yoshimura, Y.; Igami, H.; Tamura, N.

    2010-10-15

    In Large Helical Device (LHD) experiments, an electron temperature (T{sub e}) more than 15 keV has been observed by the yttrium-aluminum-garnet (YAG) laser Thomson scattering diagnostic. Since the LHD Thomson scattering system has been optimized for the temperature region, 50 eV{<=}T{sub e}{<=}10 keV, the data quality becomes worse in the higher T{sub e} region exceeding 10 keV. In order to accurately determine T{sub e} in the LHD high-T{sub e} experiments, we tried to increase the laser pulse energy by simultaneously firing three lasers. The technique enables us to decrease the uncertainties in the measured T{sub e}. Another signal accumulation method was also tested. In addition, we estimated the influence of high-energy electrons on T{sub e} obtained by the LHD Thomson scattering system.

  9. Advanced Thomson scattering system for high-flux linear plasma generator

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    Meiden, H. J. van der; Lof, A. R.; Berg, M. A. van den; Brons, S.; Eck, H. J. N. van; Koelman, P. M. J.; Koppers, W. R.; Kruijt, O. G.; Oyevaar, T.; Prins, P. R.; Rapp, J.; Scholten, J.; Smeets, P. H. M.; Star, G. van der; Zeijlmans van Emmichoven, P. A.; Donne, A. J. H.; Schram, D. C.; Naumenko, N. N.; Tugarinov, S. N.

    2012-12-15

    An advanced Thomson scattering system has been built for a linear plasma generator for plasma surface interaction studies. The Thomson scattering system is based on a Nd:YAG laser operating at the second harmonic and a detection branch featuring a high etendue (f /3) transmission grating spectrometer equipped with an intensified charged coupled device camera. The system is able to measure electron density (n{sub e}) and temperature (T{sub e}) profiles close to the output of the plasma source and, at a distance of 1.25 m, just in front of a target. The detection system enables to measure 50 spatial channels of about 2 mm each, along a laser chord of 95 mm. By summing a total of 30 laser pulses (0.6 J, 10 Hz), an observational error of 3% in n{sub e} and 6% in T{sub e} (at n{sub e}= 9.4 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 18} m{sup -3}) can be obtained. Single pulse Thomson scattering measurements can be performed with the same accuracy for n{sub e} > 2.8 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 20} m{sup -3}. The minimum measurable density and temperature are n{sub e} < 1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 17} m{sup -3} and T{sub e} < 0.07 eV, respectively. In addition, using the Rayleigh peak, superimposed on the Thomson scattered spectrum, the neutral density (n{sub 0}) of the plasma can be measured with an accuracy of 25% (at n{sub 0}= 1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 20} m{sup -3}). In this report, the performance of the Thomson scattering system will be shown along with unprecedented accurate Thomson-Rayleigh scattering measurements on a low-temperature argon plasma expansion into a low-pressure background.

  10. Scattering volume in the collective Thomson scattering measurement using high power gyrotron in the LHD

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    Kubo, S.; Nishiura, M.; Tanaka, K.; Moseev, D.; Ogasawara, S.; Shimozuma, T.; Yoshimura, Y.; Igami, H.; Takahashi, H.; Tsujimura, T. I.; Makino, R.

    2016-06-01

    High-power gyrotrons prepared for the electron cyclotron heating at 77 GHz has been used for a collective Thomson scattering (CTS) study in LHD. Due to the difficulty in removing fundamental and/or second harmonic resonance in the viewing line of sight, the subtraction of the background ECE from measured signal was performed by modulating the probe beam power from a gyrotron. The separation of the scattering component from the background has been performed successfully taking into account the response time difference between both high-energy and bulk components. The other separation was attempted by fast scanning the viewing beam across the probing beam. It is found that the intensity of the scattered spectrum corresponding to the bulk and high energy components were almost proportional to the calculated scattering volume in the relatively low density region, while appreciable background scattered component remains even in the off volume in some high density cases. The ray-trace code TRAVIS is used to estimate the change in the scattering volume due to probing and receiving beam deflection effect.

  11. Short-interval multi-laser Thomson scattering measurements of hydrogen pellet ablation in LHD.

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    Yasuhara, R; Sakamoto, R; Yamada, I; Motojima, G; Hayashi, H

    2014-11-01

    Thomson scattering forms an important aspect of measuring the electron density and temperature profiles of plasmas. In this study, we demonstrate Thomson scattering measurements obtained over a short interval (<1 ms) by using an event triggering system with a multi-laser configuration. We attempt to use our system to obtain the electron temperature and density profiles before and immediately after pellet injection into the large helical device. The obtained profiles exhibit dramatic changes after pellet injection as per our shot-by-shot measurements. We believe that this measurement technique will contribute towards a better understanding of the physics of the pellet deposition. PMID:25430235

  12. Experimental evidence of the effect of heat flux on thomson scattering off ion acoustic waves

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    Amiranoff; Baton; Huller; Malka; Modena; Mounaix; Galloudec; Rousseaux; Salvati

    2000-02-01

    Thomson self-scattering measurements are performed in a preionized helium gas jet plasma at different locations along the laser propagation direction. A systematic and important variation of the intensity ratio between the blue and the red ion spectral components is observed, depending on whether the location of the probed region is in front of or behind the focal plane. A simple theoretical calculation of Thomson scattering shows that this behavior can be qualitatively understood in terms of a deformation of the electron distribution function due to the return current correlated with the classical thermal heat flux. PMID:11046481

  13. Short-interval multi-laser Thomson scattering measurements of hydrogen pellet ablation in LHD

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    Yasuhara, R. Sakamoto, R.; Yamada, I.; Motojima, G.; Hayashi, H.

    2014-11-15

    Thomson scattering forms an important aspect of measuring the electron density and temperature profiles of plasmas. In this study, we demonstrate Thomson scattering measurements obtained over a short interval (<1 ms) by using an event triggering system with a multi-laser configuration. We attempt to use our system to obtain the electron temperature and density profiles before and immediately after pellet injection into the large helical device. The obtained profiles exhibit dramatic changes after pellet injection as per our shot-by-shot measurements. We believe that this measurement technique will contribute towards a better understanding of the physics of the pellet deposition.

  14. DIII-D Thomson Scattering Diagnostic Data Acquisition, Processing and Analysis Software

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    Middaugh, K.R.; Bray, B.D.; Hsieh, C.L.; McHarg, B.B., Jr.; Penaflor, B.G.

    1999-06-01

    One of the diagnostic systems critical to the success of the DIII-D tokamak experiment is the Thomson scattering diagnostic. This diagnostic is unique in that it measures local electron temperature and density: (1) at multiple locations within the tokamak plasma; and (2) at different times throughout the plasma duration. Thomson ''raw'' data are digitized signals of scattered light, measured at different times and locations, from the laser beam paths fired into the plasma. Real-time acquisition of this data is performed by specialized hardware. Once obtained, the raw data are processed into meaningful temperature and density values which can be analyzed for measurement quality. This paper will provide an overview of the entire Thomson scattering diagnostic software and will focus on the data acquisition, processing, and analysis software implementation. The software falls into three general categories: (1) Set-up and Control: Initializes and controls all Thomson hardware and software, synchronizes with other DIII-D computers, and invokes other Thomson software as appropriate. (2) Data Acquisition and Processing: Obtains raw measured data from memory and processes it into temperature and density values. (3) Analysis: Provides a graphical user interface in which to perform analysis and sophisticated plotting of analysis parameters.

  15. Improvement in data processing of Thomson scattering diagnostic on HL-2A tokamak

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    Liu, C. H.; Wang, Y. Q.; Feng, Z.; Huang, Y.

    2015-12-01

    There are two types of digitizers to acquire the values of Thomson scattering signals in HL-2A tokamak. One is charge-sensitive analogue-to-digital converters (Q-ADCs) which simply integrates the signal over a gate interval, and the other is transient recorders with 12 bits resolution and 1 GHz sampling rate at each channel. Because the Thomson scattering diagnostic is prone to electrical noisy environment, in which Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers and polychromators are located closely to the HL-2A device, the high speed transient digitizers are found helpful to reduce noise overlapped in Thomson scattering signals. After triggered by the front of TTL pulse generated by laser light, data acquisition is fulfilled from -250 ns to 250 ns, so that the temporal evolution of Thomson scattering signals is obtained. A Gaussian function is utilized to fit the pulse shape of the digitized scattering signal by nonlinear least square methods. By pulse fitting and data processing, the influence of background perturbations is substantially reduced.

  16. Double-confocal resonator for X-ray generation via intracavity Thomson scattering

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    Xie, M.

    1995-12-31

    There has been a growing interest in developing compact X-ray sources through Thomson scattering of a laser beam by a relativistic electron beam. For higher X-ray flux it is desirable to have the scattering to occur inside an optical resonator where the laser power is higher. In this paper I propose a double-confocal resonator design optimized for head-on Thomson scattering inside an FEL oscillator and analyze its performance taking into account the diffraction and FEL gain. A double confocal resonator is equivalent to two confocal resonators in series. Such a resonator has several advantages: it couples electron beam through and X-ray out of the cavity with holes on cavity mirrors, thus allowing the system to be compact; it supports the FEL mode with minimal diffraction loss through the holes; it provides a laser focus in the forward direction for a better mode overlap with the electron beam; and it provides a focus at the same location in the backward direction for higher Thomson scattering efficiency; in addition, the mode size at the focal point and hence the Rayleigh range can be adjusted simply through intracavity apertures; furthermore, it gives a large mode size at the mirrors to reduce power loading. Simulations as well as analytical results will be presented. Also other configurations of intracavity Thomson scattering where the double-confocal resonator could be useful will be discussed.

  17. First results from the Thomson scattering diagnostic on Proto-MPEX

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    Biewer, Theodore M; Meitner, Steven J; Rapp, Juergen

    2016-01-01

    A Thomson scattering diagnostic has been successfully implemented on the prototype Material Plasma Exposure eXperiment (Proto-MPEX) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The diagnostic collects the light scattered by plasma electrons and spectroscopically resolves the Doppler shift imparted to the light by the velocity of the electrons. The spread in velocities is proportional to the electron temperature, while the total number of photons is proportional to the electron density. Thomson scattering is a technique used on many devices to measure the electron temperature (Te) and electron density (ne) of the plasma. A challenging aspect of the technique is to discriminate the small number of Thomson scattered photons against the large peak of background photons from the high-power laser used to probe the plasma. A variety of methods are used to mitigate the background photons in Proto-MPEX, including Brewster angled windows, viewing dumps, and light baffles. With these methods, first results were measured from Argon plasmas in Proto-MPEX, indicating Te ~ 2 eV and ne ~ 1x1019 m-3. The configuration of the Proto-MPEX Thomson scattering diagnostic will be described and plans for improvement will be given.

  18. Conceptual design of new polychromator on Thomson scattering system to measure Z{sub eff}

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    Lee, Jongha; Oh, Seungtae; Wi, Hanmin; Oh, Youngkook; Yamada, I.; Narihara, K.; Kawahata, K.; Jeon, Jongsu

    2012-10-15

    To measure the Z{sub eff} with electron temperature (T{sub e}) and electron density (n{sub e}) profiles at the same time and the same position in the KSTAR tokamak, we design a new polychromator for Thomson scattering system that has additional function. The additional function is measuring bremsstrahlung intensity to calculate Z{sub eff} independent of Thomson signals. For this new polychromator, we design and fabricate a collimation lens set, and interference filter that has center wavelength of 523 nm and 2 nm FWHM. Finally, we change the lenses, detector diodes, and add the bremsstrahlung filter on the KSTAR edge Thomson scattering polychromator. Then this new polychromator was tested by Tungsten light and monochromator.

  19. Edge profile measurements using Thomson scattering on the KSTAR tokamak

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    Lee, J. H. Ko, W. H.; Oh, S.; Lee, W. R.; Kim, K. P.; Lee, K. D.; Jeon, Y. M.; Yoon, S. W.; Cho, K. W.; Narihara, K.; Yamada, I.; Yasuhara, R.; Hatae, T.; Yatsuka, E.; Ono, T.; Hong, J. H.

    2014-11-15

    In the KSTAR Tokamak, a “Tangential Thomson Scattering” (TTS) diagnostic system has been designed and installed to measure electron density and temperature profiles. In the edge system, TTS has 12 optical fiber bundles to measure the edge profiles with 10–15 mm spatial resolution. These 12 optical fibers and their spatial resolution are not enough to measure the pedestal width with a high accuracy but allow observations of L-H transition or H-L transitions at the edge. For these measurements, the prototype ITER edge Thomson Nd:YAG laser system manufactured by JAEA in Japan is installed. In this paper, the KSTAR TTS system is briefly described and some TTS edge profiles are presented and compared against the KSTAR Charge Exchange Spectroscopy and other diagnostics. The future upgrade plan of the system is also discussed in this paper.

  20. First measurement of electron temperature from signal ratios in a double-pass Thomson scattering system

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    Tojo, H.; Itami, K.; Hatae, T.; Ejiri, A.; Yamaguchi, T.; Takase, Y.; Hiratsuka, J.

    2012-02-15

    This paper presents an experimental demonstration to determine electron temperature (T{sub e}) with unknown spectral sensitivity (transmissivity) in a Thomson scattering system. In this method, a double-pass scattering configuration is used and the scattered lights from each pass (with different scattering angles) are measured separately. T{sub e} can be determined from the ratio of the signal intensities without knowing a real chromatic dependence in the sensitivity. Note that the wavelength range for each spectral channel must be known. This method was applied to the TST-2 Thomson scattering system. As a result, T{sub e} measured from the ratio (T{sub e,r}) and T{sub e} measured from a standard method (T{sub e,s}) showed a good agreement with <|T{sub e,r}-T{sub e,s}|/T{sub e,s}>= 7.3%.

  1. Mechanical design aspects of the Advanced Toroidal Facility Thomson scattering diagnostic

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    Shipley, W.D.; Kindsfather, R.R.; Rasmussen, D.A.

    1987-01-01

    A two-dimensional Thomson scattering system has been designed for the Advanced Toroidal Facility (ATF), a torsatron experiment at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The system is a modification of the Thomson scattering system used on the Impurity Study Experiment (ISX-B) tokamak. It will provide measurements of electron temperature (T/sub e/) and density (n/sub e/) at 15 points along a vertical chord. With multiple shots, a T/sub e/ and n/sub e/ map of a toroidal cross section of ATF can be obtained. The horizontal Thomson scattering viewing port is offset by 15/sup 0/ toroidally from the ports through which the vertical laser beam passes. The modifications to the ISX-B Thomson scattering system are either changes required to adapt the system to the ATF device geometry or changes that result in improvements to the original system. This paper deals with the mechanical design aspects of the laser light baffle plates that reduce the amount of extraneous light entering the plasma, the upper and lower vacuum extensions that contain the baffles and attach to the ATF vacuum vessel, the entrance window assembly, the laser dump assembly, the viewing window and shutter assembly, and the alignment target mechanism and drive used to determine the ampping of data points in the plasma cross section.

  2. Mirror system for collecting Thomson-scattered light in a tangential direction.

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    Barth, C J; Grobben, B J; Verhaag, G C

    1994-09-01

    We describe an optical system for collecting Thomson-scattering light in the tangential direction of a tokamak. The key part of the optics is a set of mirrors arranged as a Venetian blind. This system makes it possible to look around the corner of the tokamak vessel. Design considerations and test performance are presented. PMID:20936021

  3. A reflective image-rotating periscope for spatially resolved Thomson-scattering experiments on OMEGA

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    Katz, J.; Ross, J. S.; Sorce, C.; Froula, D. H.

    2013-12-01

    A reflective image rotating periscope has been deployed on the Thomson-scattering system at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, enabling the capability to make spatially resolved measurements of plasma conditions using either the 2ω (527-nm) or 4ω (263-nm) probe beam. The spectral content of ion-acoustic and electron plasma wave Thomson-scattering features are analyzed along the probe beam's axis of propagation using a pair of imaging Czerny-Turner spectrometers. A method for calculating image rotation was applied to design a translating periscope mirror assembly that provides fine adjustment of the image orientation at the spectrometer input plane. Spectrally dispersed Thomson-scattering signals are recorded using time-gated intensified charge-coupled-device cameras. Spectral resolution of up to 0.03 nm (0.2 nm) is achieved using a 1-m (0.3-m) spectrometer, allowing for simultaneous measurements of the ion-acoustic and electron plasma wave features. The optical system's 20-μm imaging resolution provides excellent noise rejection and spatial definition of the Thomson-scattering volume.

  4. Direct observation of the two-plasmon-decay common plasma wave using ultraviolet Thomson scattering.

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    Follett, R K; Edgell, D H; Henchen, R J; Hu, S X; Katz, J; Michel, D T; Myatt, J F; Shaw, J; Froula, D H

    2015-03-01

    A 263-nm Thomson-scattering beam was used to directly probe two-plasmon-decay (TPD) excited electron plasma waves (EPWs) driven by between two and five 351-nm beams on the OMEGA Laser System. The amplitude of these waves was nearly independent of the number of drive beams at constant overlapped intensity, showing that the observed EPWs are common to the multiple beams. In an experimental configuration where the Thomson-scattering diagnostic was not wave matched to the common TPD EPWs, a broad spectrum of TPD-driven EPWs was observed, indicative of nonlinear effects associated with TPD saturation. Electron plasma waves corresponding to Langmuir decay of TPD EPWs were observed in both Thomson-scattering spectra, suggesting the Langmuir decay instability as a TPD saturation mechanism. Simulated Thomson-scattering spectra from three-dimensional numerical solutions of the extended Zakharov equations of TPD are in excellent agreement with the experimental spectra and verify the presence of the Langmuir decay instability. PMID:25871046

  5. Direct observation of the two-plasmon-decay common plasma wave using ultraviolet Thomson scattering

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    Follett, R. K.; Edgell, D. H.; Henchen, R. J.; Hu, S. X.; Katz, J.; Michel, D. T.; Myatt, J. F.; Shaw, J.; Froula, D. H.

    2015-03-26

    A 263-nm Thomson-scattering beam was used to directly probe two-plasmon-decay (TPD) excited electron plasma waves (EPWs) driven by between two and five 351-nm beams on the OMEGA Laser System. The amplitude of these waves was nearly independent of the number of drive beams at constant overlapped intensity, showing that the observed EPWs are common to the multiple beams. In an experimental configuration where the Thomson-scattering diagnostic was not wave matched to the common TPD EPWs, a broad spectrum of TPD-driven EPWs was observed, indicative of nonlinear effects associated with TPD saturation. Electron plasma waves corresponding to Langmuir decay of TPD EPWs were observed in both Thomson-scattering spectra, suggesting the Langmuir decay instability as a TPD saturation mechanism. Simulated Thomson-scattering spectra from three-dimensional numerical solutions of the extended Zakharov equations of TPD are in excellent agreement with the experimental spectra and verify the presence of the Langmuir decay instability.

  6. Initial simultaneous Thomson-scattering measurements in the TMX-U tandem mirror

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    Goodman, R.K.; Rognlien, T.D.

    1983-12-27

    In this report, we briefly describe the TMX-U Thomson-scattering systems; we compare TMX-U velocity-distribution measurements with computer modeling; and we present and discuss our first simultaneous measurements of end-plug and central-cell electron temperatures.

  7. Soft X-Ray Thomson Scattering in Warm Dense Hydrogen at FLASH

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    Faustlin, R R; Toleikis, S; Bornath, T; Doppner, T; Dusterer, S; Forster, E; Fortmann, C; Glenzer, S H; Gode, S; Gregori, G; Irsig, R; Laarmann, T; Lee, H J; Li, B; Meiwes-Broer, K; Mithen, J; Przystawik, A; Redlin, H; Redmer, R; Reinholz, H; Ropke, G; Tavella, F; Thiele, R; Tiggesbaumker, J; Uschmann, I; Zastrau, U; Tschentscher, T

    2009-07-15

    We present collective Thomson scattering with soft x-ray free electron laser radiation as a method to track the evolution of warm dense matter plasmas with {approx}200 fs time resolution. In a pump-probe scheme an 800 nm laser heats a 20 {micro}m hydrogen droplet to the plasma state. After a variable time delay in the order of ps the plasma is probed by an x-ray ultra violet (XUV) pulse which scatters from the target and is recorded spectrally. Alternatively, in a self-Thomson scattering experiment, a single XUV pulse heats the target while a portion of its photons are being scattered probing the target. From such inelastic x-ray scattering spectra free electron temperature and density can be inferred giving insight on relaxation time scales in plasmas as well as the equation of state. We prove the feasibility of this method in the XUV range utilizing the free electron laser facility in Hamburg, FLASH. We recorded Thomson scattering spectra for hydrogen plasma, both in the self-scattering and in the pump-probe mode using optical laser heating.

  8. Fast ion dynamics measured by collective Thomson scattering

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    Bindslev, Henrik

    2001-10-01

    In magnetically confined fusion plasmas, fast ions, from fusion reactions and auxiliary heating, typically carry a third of the total plasma kinetic energy, and even more of the free energy. This free energy must be channelled into heating the bulk plasma, but is also available for driving waves in the plasma, affecting confinement of bulk and fast ions. We know that fast ions can drive Alfvén waves, affect sawteeth and fishbones. In turn all three can redistribute or ejects the fast ions. Wave particle interaction, also the basis of Ion Cyclotron Resonance Heating (ICRH), depends crucially on the phase space distribution of the fast ions. Conversely the effect waves and instabilities have of fast ions will manifest itself in the detail of the fast ion phase space distribution. To explore the dynamics of fast ions and their interaction with the plasma thus begs for measurements of the fast ion distribution resolved in space, time and velocity. This has long been the promise of Collective Thomson Scattering (CTS) [1]. First demonstrated at JET [2]and subsequently at TEXTOR [3], CTS is living up to its promise and is now contributing to the understanding of fast ion dynamics. With the TEXTOR CTS, temporal behaviours of fast ion velocity distributions have been uncovered. The fast ion populations are produced by ICRH and Neutral Beam Injection (NBI). At sawteeth, we see clear variations in the fast ion population, which depend on ion energy, pitch angle and spatial location. Investigating the region just inside the inversion radius, we find that ions with small parallel energy, and with perpendicular energies up to a soft threshold well above thermal, are lost from the high field side near the inversion radius, while more energetic ions in the same pitch angle range remain insensitive to the sawteeth. The sensitive population could include the potato and stagnation orbit particles identified theoretically as being sensitive the sawteeth [4]. Under the same conditions

  9. Laser Thomson Scattering, Raman Scattering and laser-absorption diagnostics of high pressure microdischarges

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    Donnelly, Vincent M.; Belostotskiy, Sergey G.; Economou, Demetre J.; Sadeghi, Nader

    2010-05-01

    Laser scattering experiments were performed in high pressure (100s of Torr) parallel-plate, slot-type DC microdischarges operating in argon or nitrogen. Laser Thomson Scattering (LTS) and Rotational Raman Scattering were employed in a novel, backscattering, confocal configuration. LTS allows direct and simultaneous measurement of both electron density (ne) and electron temperature (Te). For 50 mA current and over the pressure range of 300 - 700 Torr, LTS yielded Te = 0.9 ± 0.3 eV and ne = (6 ± 3)·1013 cm-3, in reasonable agreement with the predictions of a mathematical model. Rotational Raman spectroscopy (RRS) was employed for absolute calibration of the LTS signal. RRS was also applied to measure the 3D gas temperature (Tg) in nitrogen DC microdischarges. In addition, diode laser absorption spectroscopy was employed to measure the density of argon metastables (1s5 in Paschen notations) in argon microdischarges. The gas temperature, extracted from the width of the absorption profile, was compared with Tg values obtained by optical emission spectroscopy.

  10. Intracavity Rayleigh/Mie Scattering for Multipoint, Two-Component Velocity Measurement

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    Bivolaru, Daniel; Danehy, Paul M.; Lee, Joseph W.

    2006-01-01

    A simultaneous multi-point two-component Doppler velocimeter is described. The system uses two optical cavities: a Fabry-Perot etalon and an optical cavity for collecting and re-circulating the Rayleigh/Mie scattered light that is collected from the measurement volume in two parallel, but opposite directions. Single-pulse measurements of two orthogonal components of the velocity vector in a supersonic free jet were performed to demonstrate the technique. The re-circulation of the light rejected by the interferometer input mirror also increased the signal intensity by a factor of 3.5. 2005 Optical Society of America Interferometric Rayleigh scattering has previously been used for single-point velocity measurements in unseeded gas flow. However, this past work has generally been limited to probing with continuous-wave lasers resulting in time-averaged measurements of velocity. Multiple velocity components have been measured simultaneously by separate instruments.1,2 It has also been demonstrated that two orthogonal velocity components can be measured simultaneously at one point using one interferometer by reflecting back the probing laser beam, although this approach results in directional ambiguity of the flow velocity vector.3 This measurement ambiguity was removed by prior knowledge of the approximate magnitude and sign of the velocity components. Furthermore, it was shown that multiple points could be measured simultaneously with a Rayleigh scattering interferometric approach, but only one component of velocity was measured.4 Another method of performing multiple component velocity measurements with Rayleigh scattering uses a pair of cameras to image the flow, one of which views the flow through an iodine gas filter. This iodine-filter technique has the advantage of allowing high-resolution velocity imaging, but it generally has a lower dynamic range.

  11. Controlling the spectral shape of nonlinear Thomson scattering with proper laser chirping

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    Rykovanov, S. G.; Geddes, C. G. R.; Schroeder, C. B.; Esarey, E.; Leemans, W. P.

    2016-03-01

    Effects of nonlinearity in Thomson scattering of a high intensity laser pulse from electrons are analyzed. Analytic expressions for laser pulse shaping in frequency (chirping) are obtained which control spectrum broadening for high laser pulse intensities. These analytic solutions allow prediction of the spectral form and required laser parameters to avoid broadening. Results of analytical and numerical calculations agree well. The control over the scattered radiation bandwidth allows narrow bandwidth sources to be produced using high scattering intensities, which in turn greatly improves scattering yield for future x- and gamma-ray sources.

  12. Imaging x-ray Thomson scattering spectrometer design and demonstration (invited)

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    Gamboa, E. J.; Huntington, C. M.; Trantham, M. R.; Keiter, P. A.; Drake, R. P.; Montgomery, D. S.; Benage, J. F.; Letzring, S. A.

    2012-10-15

    In many laboratory astrophysics experiments, intense laser irradiation creates novel material conditions with large, one-dimensional gradients in the temperature, density, and ionization state. X-ray Thomson scattering is a powerful technique for measuring these plasma parameters. However, the scattered signal has previously been measured with little or no spatial resolution, which limits the ability to diagnose inhomogeneous plasmas. We report on the development of a new imaging x-ray Thomson spectrometer (IXTS) for the Omega laser facility. The diffraction of x-rays from a toroidally curved crystal creates high-resolution images that are spatially resolved along a one-dimensional profile while spectrally dispersing the radiation. This focusing geometry allows for high brightness while localizing noise sources and improving the linearity of the dispersion. Preliminary results are presented from a scattering experiment that used the IXTS to measure the temperature profile of a shocked carbon foam.

  13. Improving measurement accuracy by optimum data acquisition for Nd:YAG Thomson scattering system.

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    Minami, T; Itoh, Y; Yamada, I; Yasuhara, R; Funaba, H; Nakanishi, H; Hatae, T

    2014-11-01

    A new high speed Nd:YAG Thomson scattering AD Convertor (HYADC) that can directly convert the detected scattered light signal into a digital signal is under development. The HYADC is expected to improve a signal to noise ratio of the Nd:YAG Thomson scattering measurement. The data storage of the HYADC which is required for the direct conversion of whole plasma discharge is drastically reduced by a ring buffer memory and a stop trigger system. Data transfer of the HYADC is performed by the SiTCP. The HYADC is easily expandable to a multi-channel system by the distributed data processing, and is very compact and easy to implement as a built-in system of the polychromators. PMID:25430250

  14. A scalable multipass laser cavity based on injection by frequency conversion for noncollective Thomson scattering

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    Schaeffer, D. B.; Constantin, C. G.; Everson, E. T.; Van Compernolle, B.; Kugland, N. L.; Niemann, C.; Ebbers, C. A.; Glenzer, S. H.

    2010-10-15

    A scalable setup using injection by frequency conversion to establish a multipassing cavity for noncollective Thomson scattering on low density plasmas is presented. The cavity is shown to support >10 passes through the target volume with a 400% increase in energy on target versus a single-pass setup. Rayleigh scattering experiments were performed and demonstrate the viability of the cell to study low density plasmas of the order of 10{sup 12}-10{sup 13} cm{sup -3}. A high-repetition, low-energy, single-pass Thomson scattering setup was also performed on the University of California, Los Angeles Large Plasma Device and shows that the multipass cavity could have a significant advantage over the high-repetition approach due to the cavity setup's inherently higher signal per shot.

  15. A scalable multipass laser cavity based on injection by frequency conversion for noncollective Thomson scattering.

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    Schaeffer, D B; Kugland, N L; Constantin, C G; Everson, E T; Van Compernolle, B; Ebbers, C A; Glenzer, S H; Niemann, C

    2010-10-01

    A scalable setup using injection by frequency conversion to establish a multipassing cavity for noncollective Thomson scattering on low density plasmas is presented. The cavity is shown to support >10 passes through the target volume with a 400% increase in energy on target versus a single-pass setup. Rayleigh scattering experiments were performed and demonstrate the viability of the cell to study low density plasmas of the order of 10(12)-10(13) cm(-3). A high-repetition, low-energy, single-pass Thomson scattering setup was also performed on the University of California, Los Angeles Large Plasma Device and shows that the multipass cavity could have a significant advantage over the high-repetition approach due to the cavity setup's inherently higher signal per shot. PMID:21033873

  16. Imaging x-ray Thomson scattering spectrometer design and demonstration (invited).

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    Gamboa, E J; Huntington, C M; Trantham, M R; Keiter, P A; Drake, R P; Montgomery, D S; Benage, J F; Letzring, S A

    2012-10-01

    In many laboratory astrophysics experiments, intense laser irradiation creates novel material conditions with large, one-dimensional gradients in the temperature, density, and ionization state. X-ray Thomson scattering is a powerful technique for measuring these plasma parameters. However, the scattered signal has previously been measured with little or no spatial resolution, which limits the ability to diagnose inhomogeneous plasmas. We report on the development of a new imaging x-ray Thomson spectrometer (IXTS) for the Omega laser facility. The diffraction of x-rays from a toroidally curved crystal creates high-resolution images that are spatially resolved along a one-dimensional profile while spectrally dispersing the radiation. This focusing geometry allows for high brightness while localizing noise sources and improving the linearity of the dispersion. Preliminary results are presented from a scattering experiment that used the IXTS to measure the temperature profile of a shocked carbon foam. PMID:23126930

  17. Imaging x-ray Thomson scattering spectrometer design and demonstration (invited)a)

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    Gamboa, E. J.; Huntington, C. M.; Trantham, M. R.; Keiter, P. A.; Drake, R. P.; Montgomery, D. S.; Benage, J. F.; Letzring, S. A.

    2012-10-01

    In many laboratory astrophysics experiments, intense laser irradiation creates novel material conditions with large, one-dimensional gradients in the temperature, density, and ionization state. X-ray Thomson scattering is a powerful technique for measuring these plasma parameters. However, the scattered signal has previously been measured with little or no spatial resolution, which limits the ability to diagnose inhomogeneous plasmas. We report on the development of a new imaging x-ray Thomson spectrometer (IXTS) for the Omega laser facility. The diffraction of x-rays from a toroidally curved crystal creates high-resolution images that are spatially resolved along a one-dimensional profile while spectrally dispersing the radiation. This focusing geometry allows for high brightness while localizing noise sources and improving the linearity of the dispersion. Preliminary results are presented from a scattering experiment that used the IXTS to measure the temperature profile of a shocked carbon foam.

  18. A high-power spatial filter for Thomson scattering stray light reduction

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    Levesque, J. P.; Litzner, K. D.; Mauel, M. E.; Maurer, D. A.; Navratil, G. A.; Pedersen, T. S.

    2011-03-01

    The Thomson scattering diagnostic on the High Beta Tokamak-Extended Pulse (HBT-EP) is routinely used to measure electron temperature and density during plasma discharges. Avalanche photodiodes in a five-channel interference filter polychromator measure scattered light from a 6 ns, 800 mJ, 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser pulse. A low cost, high-power spatial filter was designed, tested, and added to the laser beamline in order to reduce stray laser light to levels which are acceptable for accurate Rayleigh calibration. A detailed analysis of the spatial filter design and performance is given. The spatial filter can be easily implemented in an existing Thomson scattering system without the need to disturb the vacuum chamber or significantly change the beamline. Although apertures in the spatial filter suffer substantial damage from the focused beam, with proper design they can last long enough to permit absolute calibration.

  19. A high-power spatial filter for Thomson scattering stray light reduction

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    Levesque, J. P.; Litzner, K. D.; Mauel, M. E.; Maurer, D. A.; Navratil, G. A.; Pedersen, T. S.

    2011-03-15

    The Thomson scattering diagnostic on the High Beta Tokamak-Extended Pulse (HBT-EP) is routinely used to measure electron temperature and density during plasma discharges. Avalanche photodiodes in a five-channel interference filter polychromator measure scattered light from a 6 ns, 800 mJ, 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser pulse. A low cost, high-power spatial filter was designed, tested, and added to the laser beamline in order to reduce stray laser light to levels which are acceptable for accurate Rayleigh calibration. A detailed analysis of the spatial filter design and performance is given. The spatial filter can be easily implemented in an existing Thomson scattering system without the need to disturb the vacuum chamber or significantly change the beamline. Although apertures in the spatial filter suffer substantial damage from the focused beam, with proper design they can last long enough to permit absolute calibration.

  20. Electron kinetic effects on interferometry, polarimetry and Thomson scattering measurements in burning plasmas (invited).

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    Mirnov, V V; Brower, D L; Den Hartog, D J; Ding, W X; Duff, J; Parke, E

    2014-11-01

    At anticipated high electron temperatures in ITER, the effects of electron thermal motion on Thomson scattering (TS), toroidal interferometer/polarimeter (TIP), and poloidal polarimeter (PoPola) diagnostics will be significant and must be accurately treated. The precision of the previous lowest order linear in τ = Te/mec(2) model may be insufficient; we present a more precise model with τ(2)-order corrections to satisfy the high accuracy required for ITER TIP and PoPola diagnostics. The linear model is extended from Maxwellian to a more general class of anisotropic electron distributions that allows us to take into account distortions caused by equilibrium current, ECRH, and RF current drive effects. The classical problem of the degree of polarization of incoherent Thomson scattered radiation is solved analytically exactly without any approximations for the full range of incident polarizations, scattering angles, and electron thermal motion from non-relativistic to ultra-relativistic. The results are discussed in the context of the possible use of the polarization properties of Thomson scattered light as a method of Te measurement relevant to ITER operational scenarios. PMID:25430162

  1. Electron kinetic effects on interferometry, polarimetry and Thomson scattering measurements in burning plasmas (invited)

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    Mirnov, V. V.; Hartog, D. J. Den; Duff, J.; Parke, E.; Brower, D. L.; Ding, W. X.

    2014-11-15

    At anticipated high electron temperatures in ITER, the effects of electron thermal motion on Thomson scattering (TS), toroidal interferometer/polarimeter (TIP), and poloidal polarimeter (PoPola) diagnostics will be significant and must be accurately treated. The precision of the previous lowest order linear in τ = T{sub e}/m{sub e}c{sup 2} model may be insufficient; we present a more precise model with τ{sup 2}-order corrections to satisfy the high accuracy required for ITER TIP and PoPola diagnostics. The linear model is extended from Maxwellian to a more general class of anisotropic electron distributions that allows us to take into account distortions caused by equilibrium current, ECRH, and RF current drive effects. The classical problem of the degree of polarization of incoherent Thomson scattered radiation is solved analytically exactly without any approximations for the full range of incident polarizations, scattering angles, and electron thermal motion from non-relativistic to ultra-relativistic. The results are discussed in the context of the possible use of the polarization properties of Thomson scattered light as a method of T{sub e} measurement relevant to ITER operational scenarios.

  2. Application of maximum likelihood methods to laser Thomson scattering measurements of low density plasmas.

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    Washeleski, Robert L; Meyer, Edmond J; King, Lyon B

    2013-10-01

    Laser Thomson scattering (LTS) is an established plasma diagnostic technique that has seen recent application to low density plasmas. It is difficult to perform LTS measurements when the scattered signal is weak as a result of low electron number density, poor optical access to the plasma, or both. Photon counting methods are often implemented in order to perform measurements in these low signal conditions. However, photon counting measurements performed with photo-multiplier tubes are time consuming and multi-photon arrivals are incorrectly recorded. In order to overcome these shortcomings a new data analysis method based on maximum likelihood estimation was developed. The key feature of this new data processing method is the inclusion of non-arrival events in determining the scattered Thomson signal. Maximum likelihood estimation and its application to Thomson scattering at low signal levels is presented and application of the new processing method to LTS measurements performed in the plume of a 2-kW Hall-effect thruster is discussed. PMID:24182157

  3. Application of maximum likelihood methods to laser Thomson scattering measurements of low density plasmas

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    Washeleski, Robert L.; Meyer, Edmond J.; King, Lyon B.

    2013-10-01

    Laser Thomson scattering (LTS) is an established plasma diagnostic technique that has seen recent application to low density plasmas. It is difficult to perform LTS measurements when the scattered signal is weak as a result of low electron number density, poor optical access to the plasma, or both. Photon counting methods are often implemented in order to perform measurements in these low signal conditions. However, photon counting measurements performed with photo-multiplier tubes are time consuming and multi-photon arrivals are incorrectly recorded. In order to overcome these shortcomings a new data analysis method based on maximum likelihood estimation was developed. The key feature of this new data processing method is the inclusion of non-arrival events in determining the scattered Thomson signal. Maximum likelihood estimation and its application to Thomson scattering at low signal levels is presented and application of the new processing method to LTS measurements performed in the plume of a 2-kW Hall-effect thruster is discussed.

  4. Application of maximum likelihood methods to laser Thomson scattering measurements of low density plasmas

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    Washeleski, Robert L.; Meyer, Edmond J. IV; King, Lyon B.

    2013-10-15

    Laser Thomson scattering (LTS) is an established plasma diagnostic technique that has seen recent application to low density plasmas. It is difficult to perform LTS measurements when the scattered signal is weak as a result of low electron number density, poor optical access to the plasma, or both. Photon counting methods are often implemented in order to perform measurements in these low signal conditions. However, photon counting measurements performed with photo-multiplier tubes are time consuming and multi-photon arrivals are incorrectly recorded. In order to overcome these shortcomings a new data analysis method based on maximum likelihood estimation was developed. The key feature of this new data processing method is the inclusion of non-arrival events in determining the scattered Thomson signal. Maximum likelihood estimation and its application to Thomson scattering at low signal levels is presented and application of the new processing method to LTS measurements performed in the plume of a 2-kW Hall-effect thruster is discussed.

  5. Fast-ion dynamics in the TEXTOR tokamak measured by collective Thomson scattering.

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    Bindslev, H; Nielsen, S K; Porte, L; Hoekzema, J A; Korsholm, S B; Meo, F; Michelsen, P K; Michelsen, S; Oosterbeek, J W; Tsakadze, E L; Westerhof, E; Woskov, P

    2006-11-17

    Here we present the first measurements by collective Thomson scattering of the evolution of fast-ion populations in a magnetically confined fusion plasma. 150 kW and 110 Ghz radiation from a gyrotron were scattered in the TEXTOR tokamak plasma with energetic ions generated by neutral beam injection and ion cyclotron resonance heating. The temporal behavior of the spatially resolved fast-ion velocity distribution is inferred from the received scattered radiation. The fast-ion dynamics at sawteeth and the slowdown after switch off of auxiliary heating is resolved in time. The latter is shown to be in close agreement with modeling results. PMID:17155690

  6. A new dump system design for stray light reduction of Thomson scattering diagnostic system on EAST.

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    Xiao, Shumei; Zang, Qing; Han, Xiaofeng; Wang, Tengfei; Yu, Jin; Zhao, Junyu

    2016-07-01

    Thomson scattering (TS) diagnostic is an important diagnostic for measuring electron temperature and density during plasma discharge. However, the measurement of Thomson scattering signal is disturbed by the stray light easily. The stray light sources in the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) TS diagnostic system were analyzed by a simulation model of the diagnostic system, and simulation results show that the dump system is the primary stray light source. Based on the optics theory and the simulation analysis, a novel dump system including an improved beam trap was proposed and installed. The measurement results indicate that the new dump system can reduce more than 60% of the stray light for the diagnostic system, and the influence of stray light on the error of measured density decreases. PMID:27475558

  7. 4{omega} Thomson scattering probe for high-density plasma characterization at Titan

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    Ross, J. S.; Pollock, B. B.; Kline, J. L.; Yang, S.; Henesian, M.; Weiland, T.; Price, D.; Glenzer, S. H.

    2010-10-15

    In preparation for the upcoming experiments on the Titan laser at the Jupiter Laser Facility, a new Thomson scattering system has been designed and implemented. This system allows electron temperature and density measurements in a high-density regime (n{sub e}>10{sup 21} cm{sup -3}). A 263 nm probe has been demonstrated to produce a total energy of 15 J at 4{omega}(263 nm) in a 1 ns square pulse with a focal spot size of 100 {mu}m. This probe has been used for imaging Thomson scattering of the ion feature. The goal of this study is to investigate the heating of a preformed plasma by a short-pulse heater beam.

  8. Optimal Design of a Tunable Thomson-Scattering Based Gamma-Ray Source

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    Gibson, D J; Anderson, S G; Betts, S M; Hartemann, F V; Jovanovic, I; McNabb, D P; Messerly, M J; Pruet, J A; Shverdin, M Y; Siders, C W; Tremaine, A M; Barty, C J

    2007-06-07

    Thomson-Scattering based systems offer a path to high-brightness high-energy (> 1 MeV) x-ray and {gamma}-ray sources due to their favorable scaling with electron energy. LLNL is currently engaged in an effort to optimize such a device, dubbed the ''Thomson-Radiated Extreme X-Ray'' (T-REX) source, targeting up to 680 keV photon energy. Such a system requires precise design of the interaction between a high-intensity laser pulse and a high-brightness electron beam. Presented here are the optimal design parameters for such an interaction, including factors such as the collision angle, focal spot size, optimal bunch charge, and laser energy. These parameters were chosen based on extensive modeling using PARMELA and in-house, well-benchmarked scattering simulation codes.

  9. A new dump system design for stray light reduction of Thomson scattering diagnostic system on EAST

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    Xiao, Shumei; Zang, Qing; Han, Xiaofeng; Wang, Tengfei; Yu, Jin; Zhao, Junyu

    2016-07-01

    Thomson scattering (TS) diagnostic is an important diagnostic for measuring electron temperature and density during plasma discharge. However, the measurement of Thomson scattering signal is disturbed by the stray light easily. The stray light sources in the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) TS diagnostic system were analyzed by a simulation model of the diagnostic system, and simulation results show that the dump system is the primary stray light source. Based on the optics theory and the simulation analysis, a novel dump system including an improved beam trap was proposed and installed. The measurement results indicate that the new dump system can reduce more than 60% of the stray light for the diagnostic system, and the influence of stray light on the error of measured density decreases.

  10. Design of a submillimeter laser Thomson scattering system for measurement of ion temperature in SUMMA

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    Praddaude, H. C.; Woskoboinikow, P.

    1978-01-01

    A thorough discussion of submillimeter laser Thomson scattering for the measurement of ion temperature in plasmas is presented. This technique is very promising and work is being actively pursued on the high power lasers and receivers necessary for its implementation. In this report we perform an overall system analysis of the Thomson scattering technique aimed to: (1) identify problem areas; (2) establish specifications for the main components of the apparatus; (3) study signal processing alternatives and identify the optimum signal handling procedure. Because of its importance for the successful implementation of this technique, we also review the work presently being carried out on the optically pumped submillimeter CH3F and D2O lasers.

  11. Observation of the Second Harmonic in Thomson Scattering from Relativistic Electrons

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    Babzien, Marcus; Ben-Zvi, Ilan; Kusche, Karl; Pavlishin, Igor V.; Pogorelsky, Igor V.; Siddons, David P.; Yakimenko, Vitaly; Cline, David; Zhou, Feng; Hirose, Tachishige; Kamiya, Yoshio; Kumita, Tetsuro; Omori, Tsunehiko; Urakawa, Junji; Yokoya, Kaoru

    2006-02-01

    A free relativistic electron in an electromagnetic field is a pure case of a light-matter interaction. In the laboratory environment, this interaction can be realized by colliding laser pulses with electron beams produced from particle accelerators. The process of single photon absorption and reemission by the electron, so-called linear Thomson scattering, results in radiation that is Doppler shifted into the x-ray and γ-ray regions. At elevated laser intensity, nonlinear effects should come into play when the transverse motion of the electrons induced by the laser beam is relativistic. In the present experiment, we achieved this condition and characterized the second harmonic of Thomson x-ray scattering using the counterpropagation of a 60 MeV electron beam and a subterawatt CO2 laser beam.

  12. Electron beam final focus system for Thomson scattering at ELBE

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    Krämer, J. M.; Budde, M.; Bødker, F.; Irman, A.; Jochmann, A.; Kristensen, J. P.; Lehnert, U.; Michel, P.; Schramm, U.

    2016-09-01

    The design of an electron beam final focus system (FFS) aiming for high-flux laser-Thomson backscattering X-ray sources at ELBE is presented. A telescope system consisting of four permanent magnet based quadrupoles was found to have significantly less chromatic aberrations than a quadrupole doublet or triplet as commonly used. Focusing properties like the position of the focal plane and the spot size are retained for electron beam energies between 20 and 30 MeV by adjusting the position of the quadrupoles individually on a motorized stage. The desired ultra-short electron bunches require an increased relative energy spread up to a few percent and, thus, second order chromatic effects must be taken into account. We also present the design and test results of the permanent magnet quadrupoles. Adjustable shunts allow for correction of the field strength and compensation of deviations in the permanent magnet material. For a beam emittance of 13 mm mrad, we predict focal spot sizes of about 40 μm (rms) and divergences of about 10 mrad using the FFS.

  13. 21nm x-ray laser Thomson scattering of laser-heated exploding foil plasmas

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    Dunn, J; Rus, B; Mocek, T; Nelson, A J; Foord, M E; Rozmus, W; Baldis, H A; Shepherd, R L; Kozlova, M; Polan, J; Homer, P; Stupka, M

    2007-09-26

    Recent experiments were carried out on the Prague Asterix Laser System (PALS) towards the demonstration of a soft x-ray laser Thomson scattering diagnostic for a laser-produced exploding foil. The Thomson probe utilized the Ne-like zinc x-ray laser which was double-passed to deliver {approx}1 mJ of focused energy at 21.2 nm wavelength and lasting {approx}100 ps. The plasma under study was heated single-sided using a Gaussian 300-ps pulse of 438-nm light (3{omega} of the PALS iodine laser) at laser irradiances of 10{sup 13}-10{sup 14} W cm{sup -2}. Electron densities of 10{sup 20}-10{sup 22} cm{sup -3} and electron temperatures from 200 to 500 eV were probed at 0.5 or 1 ns after the peak of the heating pulse during the foil plasma expansion. A flat-field 1200 line mm{sup -1} variable-spaced grating spectrometer with a cooled charge-coupled device readout viewed the plasma in the forward direction at 30{sup o} with respect to the x-ray laser probe. We show results from plasmas generated from {approx}1 {micro}m thick targets of Al and polypropylene (C{sub 3}H{sub 6}). Numerical simulations of the Thomson scattering cross-sections will be presented. These simulations show electron peaks in addition to a narrow ion feature due to collective (incoherent) Thomson scattering. The electron features are shifted from the frequency of the scattered radiation approximately by the electron plasma frequency {+-}{omega}{sub pe} and scale as n{sub e}{sup 1/2}.

  14. Gyrotron collective Thomson scattering from plasma fluctuations in a Tara axicell

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    Machuzak, J.S.; Woskov, P.P.; Myer, R.C.; Mulligan, W.J.; Cohn, D.R.; Gerver, M.; Golovato, S.N.; Horne, S.; Kubota, S.; Post, R.S.; and others

    1988-08-01

    Collective Thomson scattering in the Tara Tandem Mirror axicell at MIT was accomplished with a 137-GHz, approx.0.4-kW, 75-ms pulsed gyrotron. Ion cyclotron waves, ion Bernstein wave harmonics, and other plasma fluctuations possibly due to microinstabilities and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) activity have been observed during ion cyclotron resonance frequency (ICRF) heating. The observation of ion Bernstein waves may be due to an enhanced ion thermal fluctuation spectrum in an ICRF heated plasma.

  15. Edge and core Thomson scattering systems and their calibration on the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak

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    Kurzan, B.; Murmann, H. D.

    2011-10-15

    A new 10 channel Thomson scattering (TS) system was installed on the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak to measure radial profiles of electron density and temperature at the plasma edge with high radial resolution. Together with the already existing TS system, which is now used for the core plasma, electron density and temperature profiles extending from the edge to the core are now obtained in a single discharge. The TS systems are relatively calibrated by an optical parametric oscillator.

  16. A large area Thomson-scattering stellar X-ray polarimeter.

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    Novick, R.; Wolff, R. S.

    1971-01-01

    An instrument for measuring the polarization of stellar X-ray emission has been designed, constructed, and tested. The polarization dependence of incoherent Thomson scattering in lithium metal is utilized. Means for suppression of cosmic ray background effects have been provided. The apparatus has been flown in rockets to obtain data in the polarization of X-ray sources in Sco X-1 and Tau X-1.

  17. Temporally resolved plasma composition measurements by collective Thomson scattering in TEXTOR (invited)

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    Stejner, M.; Korsholm, S. B.; Nielsen, S. K.; Salewski, M.; Leipold, F.; Michelsen, P. K.; Meo, F.; Bindslev, H.; Moseev, D.; Buerger, A.; Kantor, M.; Baar, M. de

    2012-10-15

    Fusion plasma composition measurements by collective Thomson scattering (CTS) were demonstrated in recent proof-of-principle measurements in TEXTOR [S. B. Korsholm et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 165004 (2011)]. Such measurements rely on the ability to resolve and interpret ion cyclotron structure in CTS spectra. Here, we extend these techniques to enable temporally resolved plasma composition measurements by CTS in TEXTOR, and we discuss the prospect for such measurements with newly installed hardware upgrades for the CTS system on ASDEX Upgrade.

  18. Out-of-equilibrium conditions in x-ray Thomson scattering experiments.

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    Faussurier, Gérald; Blancard, Christophe

    2015-06-01

    We study out-of-equilibrium conditions in recent x-ray Thomson scattering experiments performed in warm dense matter. We use an effective one-component plasma model to characterize the states in which electron and ion temperatures are different. An estimation of the ion temperature is obtained. This method is tested against two recent experiments. Strong out-of-equilibrium conditions are found. PMID:26172805

  19. Development of a YAG laser system for the edge Thomson scattering system in ITER

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    Hatae, T.; Yatsuka, E.; Hayashi, T.; Ono, T.; Kusama, Y.; Yoshida, H.

    2012-10-15

    A prototype YAG laser system for the edge Thomson scattering system in ITER has been newly developed. Performance of the laser amplifier was improved by using flow tubes made of samarium-doped glass; the small signal gain reached 20 at its maximum. As a result, an output energy of 7.66 J at 100 Hz was successfully achieved, and the performance exceeded the target performance (5 J, 100 Hz).

  20. The data acquisition and control system for Thomson Scattering on ATF (Advanced Toroidal Facility)

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    Stewart, K.A.; Kindsfather, R.R.; Rasmussen, D.A.

    1989-01-01

    The 2-dimensional Thomson Scattering System measuring electron temperatures and densities in the Advanced Toroidal Facility (ATF) is interfaced to a VAX-8700 computer system running in a clustered configuration. Calibration, alignment, and operation of this diagnostic is under computer control. Extensive CAMAC instrumentation is used for timing control, data acquisition, and laser alignment. This paper will discuss the computer hardware and software, system operations, and data storage and retrieval. 3 refs.

  1. Measurements of Intrinsic Ion Bernstein Waves in a Tokamak by Collective Thomson Scattering

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    Korsholm, S. B.; Stejner, M.; Bindslev, H.; Furtula, V.; Leipold, F.; Meo, F.; Michelsen, P. K.; Moseev, D.; Nielsen, S. K.; Salewski, M.; de Baar, M.; Delabie, E.; Kantor, M.; Bürger, A.

    2011-04-01

    In this Letter we report measurements of collective Thomson scattering (CTS) spectra with clear signatures of ion Bernstein waves and ion cyclotron motion in tokamak plasmas. The measured spectra are in accordance with theoretical predictions and show clear sensitivity to variation in the density ratio of the main ion species in the plasma. Measurements with this novel diagnostic demonstrate that CTS can be used as a fuel ion ratio diagnostic in burning fusion plasma devices.

  2. Using collective x-ray Thomson scattering to measure temperature and density of warm dense matter

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    Doeppner, T; Davis, P F; Kritcher, A L; Landen, O L; Lee, H J; Regan, S P; Glenzer, S

    2009-07-29

    Collective x-ray Thomson scattering allows measuring plasmons, i.e electron plasma oscillations (Langmuir waves). This is manifest in the appearance of spectrally up- and down-shifted spectral features in addition to the Rayleigh signal. The ratio of the up- and down-shifted signals is directly related to detailed balance, allowing to determine the plasma temperature from first principles. The spectral shift of the plasmon signals is sensitive to temperature and electron density. We discuss the experimental considerations that have to be fulfilled to observe plasmon signals with x-ray Thomson scattering. As an example, we describe an experiment that used the Cl Ly-{alpha} x-ray line at 2.96 keV to measure collective Thomson scattering from solid beryllium, isochorically heated to 18 eV. Since temperature measurement based on detailed balance is based on first principles, this method is important to validate models that, for example, calculate the static ion-ion structure factor S{sub ii}(k).

  3. The circuit of polychromator for Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak edge Thomson scattering diagnostic.

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    Zang, Qing; Hsieh, C L; Zhao, Junyu; Chen, Hui; Li, Fengjuan

    2013-09-01

    The detector circuit is the core component of filter polychromator which is used for scattering light analysis in Thomson scattering diagnostic, and is responsible for the precision and stability of a system. High signal-to-noise and stability are primary requirements for the diagnostic. Recently, an upgraded detector circuit for weak light detecting in Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) edge Thomson scattering system has been designed, which can be used for the measurement of large electron temperature (T(e)) gradient and low electron density (n(e)). In this new circuit, a thermoelectric-cooled avalanche photodiode with the aid circuit is involved for increasing stability and enhancing signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), especially the circuit will never be influenced by ambient temperature. These features are expected to improve the accuracy of EAST Thomson diagnostic dramatically. Related mechanical construction of the circuit is redesigned as well for heat-sinking and installation. All parameters are optimized, and SNR is dramatically improved. The number of minimum detectable photons is only 10. PMID:24089826

  4. The circuit of polychromator for Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak edge Thomson scattering diagnostic

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    Zang, Qing; Zhao, Junyu; Chen, Hui; Li, Fengjuan; Hsieh, C. L.

    2013-09-15

    The detector circuit is the core component of filter polychromator which is used for scattering light analysis in Thomson scattering diagnostic, and is responsible for the precision and stability of a system. High signal-to-noise and stability are primary requirements for the diagnostic. Recently, an upgraded detector circuit for weak light detecting in Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) edge Thomson scattering system has been designed, which can be used for the measurement of large electron temperature (T{sub e}) gradient and low electron density (n{sub e}). In this new circuit, a thermoelectric-cooled avalanche photodiode with the aid circuit is involved for increasing stability and enhancing signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), especially the circuit will never be influenced by ambient temperature. These features are expected to improve the accuracy of EAST Thomson diagnostic dramatically. Related mechanical construction of the circuit is redesigned as well for heat-sinking and installation. All parameters are optimized, and SNR is dramatically improved. The number of minimum detectable photons is only 10.

  5. The preliminary design of the optical Thomson scattering diagnostic for the National Ignition Facility

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    Datte, P.; Ross, J. S.; Froula, D.; Galbraith, J.; Glenzer, S.; Hatch, B.; Kilkenny, J.; Landen, O.; Manuel, A. M.; Molander, W.; Montgomery, D.; Moody, J.; Swadling, G.; Weaver, J.; Vergel de Dios, G.; Vitalich, M.

    2016-05-01

    The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is a 192 laser beam facility designed to support the Stockpile Stewardship, High Energy Density and Inertial Confinement Fusion programs. We report on the preliminary design of an Optical Thomson Scattering (OTS) diagnostic that has the potential to transform the community's understanding of NIF hohlraum physics by providing first principle, local, time-resolved measurements of under-dense plasma conditions. The system design allows operation with different probe laser wavelengths by manual selection of the appropriate beamsplitter and gratings before the shot. A deep-UV probe beam (λ0 between 185-215 nm) will optimally collect Thomson scattered light from plasma densities of 5 x 1020 electrons/cm3 while a 3ω probe will optimally collect Thomson scattered light from plasma densities of 1 x 1019 electrons/cm3. We report the phase I design of a two phase design strategy. Phase I includes the OTS recording system to measure background levels at NIF and phase II will include the integration of a probe laser.

  6. LIGHT SOURCE: TW Laser system for Thomson scattering X-ray light source at Tsinghua University

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    Yan, Li-Xm; Du, Ying-Chao; Du, Qiang; Li, Ren-Kai; Hua, Jian-Fei; Huang, Wen-Hui; Tang, Chuan-Xiang

    2009-06-01

    A TW (Tera Watt) laser system based on Ti:sapphire mainly for the Tsinghua Thomson scattering X-ray light source (TTX) is being built. Both UV (ultraviolet) laser pulse for driving the photocathode radio-frequency (RF) gun and the IR (infrared) laser pulse as the electron-beam-scattered-light are provided by the system. Efforts have also been made in laser pulse shaping and laser beam transport to optimize the high-brightness electron beam production by the photocathode RF gun.

  7. Polarization from Thomson scattering of the light of a spherical, limb-darkened star

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    Rudy, R. J.

    1979-01-01

    The polarized flux produced by the Thomson scattering of the light of a spherical, limb-darkened star by optically thin, extrastellar regions of electrons is calculated and contrasted to previous models which treated the star as a point source. The point-source approximation is found to be valid for scattering by particles more than a stellar radius from the surface of the star but is inappropriate for those lying closer. The specific effect of limb darkening on the fractional polarization of the total light of a system is explored. If the principal source of light is the unpolarized flux of the star, the polarization is nearly independent of limb darkening.

  8. K-(alpha) X-ray Thomson Scattering From Dense Plasmas

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    Kritcher, A L; Neumayer, P; Castor, J; Doppner, T; Falcone, R W; Landen, O L; Lee, H J; Lee, R W; Morse, E C; Ng, A; Pollaine, S; Price, D; Glenzer, S H

    2009-05-07

    Spectrally resolved Thomson scattering using ultra-fast K-{alpha} x-rays has measured the compression and heating of shocked compressed matter. The evolution and coalescence of two shock waves traveling through a solid density LiH target were characterized by the elastic scattering component. The density and temperature at shock coalescence, 2.2 eV and 1.7 x 10{sup 23}cm{sup -3}, were determined from the plasmon frequency shift and the relative intensity of the elastic and inelastic scattering features in the collective scattering regime. The observation of plasmon scattering at coalescence indicates a transition to the dense metallic state in LiH. The density and temperature regimes accessed in these experiments are relevant for inertial confinement fusion experiments and for the study of planetary formation.

  9. Spectrum bandwidth narrowing of Thomson scattering X-rays with energy chirped electron beams from laser wakefield acceleration

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    Xu, Tong; Chen, Min Li, Fei-Yu; Yu, Lu-Le; Sheng, Zheng-Ming; SUPA, Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G4 0NG ; Zhang, Jie; Beijing National Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, CAS, Beijing 100190

    2014-01-06

    We study incoherent Thomson scattering between an ultrashort laser pulse and an electron beam accelerated from a laser wakefield. The energy chirp effects of the accelerated electron beam on the final radiation spectrum bandwidth are investigated. It is found that the scattered X-ray radiation has the minimum spectrum width and highest intensity as electrons are accelerated up to around the dephasing point. Furthermore, it is proposed that the electron acceleration process inside the wakefield can be studied by use of 90° Thomson scattering. The dephasing position and beam energy chirp can be deduced from the intensity and bandwidth of the scattered radiation.

  10. RF photoinjector development for a short-pulse, hard x-ray Thomson scattering source

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    Le Sage, G P; Anderson, S G; Cowan, T E; Crane, J K; Ditmire, T; Rosenzweig, J B

    2000-08-15

    An important motivation in the development of the next generation x-ray light sources is to achieve picosecond and sub-ps pulses of hard x-rays for dynamic studies of a variety of physical, chemical and biological processes. Present hard x-ray sources are either pulse-width or intensity limited, which allows ps-scale temporal resolution only for signal averaging of highly repetitive processes. A much faster and brighter hard x-ray source is being developed at LLNL, based on Thomson scattering of fs-laser pulses by a relativistic electron beam, which will enable x-ray characterization of the transient structure of a sample in a single shot. Experimental and diagnostic techniques relevant to the development of next generation sources including the Linac Coherent Light Source can be tested with the Thomson scattering hard x-ray source. This source will combine an RF photoinjector with a 100 MeV S-band linac. The photoinjector and linac also provide an ideal test-bed for examining space-charge induced emittance growth effects. A program of beam dynamics and diagnostic experiments are planned in parallel with Thomson source development. Our experimental progress and future plans will be discussed.

  11. Thomson Scattering Observation of Non-Maxwellian EEDF and the Effect of Local Electron Heating

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    Kono, A.; Funahashi, H.

    2001-10-01

    Laser Thomson scattering measurements were carried out to study electron energy distribution function (EEDF) of inductively coupled plasmas using C_4F_8/Ar and CF_4/Ar mixture gases. The plasma was produced using a one-turn coil antenna immersed in the plasma at a total pressure of 25 mTorr. A specially designed triple-grating spectrometer was used, which produces Thomson spectra on the output focal plane with the interfering Rayleigh and stray components highly suppressed; an ICCD camera operated in the photon-counting mode was used for multichannel detection of the spectrum. At a RF (13.56 MHz) input power of 300 W in the case of pure Ar plasma, EEDF was Maxwellian with an enectron density >10^12 cm-3. Upon mixing of C_4F8 as well as CF_4, decrease in the electron density and upward bend of the plot of the Thomson spectrum (energy vs. logarithmic scattering intensity) at energies around 5 eV was observed. The mechanism for producing this bend was studied via Monte-Carlo particle simulation. The results indicate that electron heating in a uniform electric field does not lead to upward bend; electrons should be heated locally near the antenna surface where the RF electric field is strong and cooled in other part of the plasma by inelastic collisions.

  12. Thomson scattering from near-solid density plasmas using soft x-ray free electron lasers

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    Holl, A; Bornath, T; Cao, L; Doppner, T; Dusterer, S; Forster, E; Fortmann, C; Glenzer, S H; Gregori, G; Laarmann, T; Meiwes-Broer, K H; Przystawik, A; Radcliffe, P; Redmer, R; Reinholz, H; Ropke, G; Thiele, R; Tiggesbaumker, J; Toleikis, S; Truong, N X; Tschentscher, T; Uschmann, I; Zastrau, U

    2006-11-21

    We propose a collective Thomson scattering experiment at the VUV free electron laser facility at DESY (FLASH) which aims to diagnose warm dense matter at near-solid density. The plasma region of interest marks the transition from an ideal plasma to a correlated and degenerate many-particle system and is of current interest, e.g. in ICF experiments or laboratory astrophysics. Plasma diagnostic of such plasmas is a longstanding issue. The collective electron plasma mode (plasmon) is revealed in a pump-probe scattering experiment using the high-brilliant radiation to probe the plasma. The distinctive scattering features allow to infer basic plasma properties. For plasmas in thermal equilibrium the electron density and temperature is determined from scattering off the plasmon mode.

  13. Use of fast scopes to enable Thomson scattering measurement in presence of fluctuating plasma light.

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    McLean, H; Moller, J; Hill, D

    2004-04-19

    The addition of inexpensive high-speed oscilloscopes has enabled higher Te Thomson scattering measurements on the SSPX spheromak. Along with signal correlation techniques, the scopes allow new analyses based on the shape of the scattered laser pulse to discriminate against fluctuating background plasma light that often make gated-integrator measurements unreliable. A 1.4 J Nd:YAG laser at 1064 nm is the scattering source. Spatial locations are coupled by viewing optics and fibers to 4-wavelength-channel filter polychrometers. Ratios between the channels determine Te while summations of the channels determine density. Typically, the channel that provides scattered signal at higher Te is contaminated by fluctuating background light. Individual channels are correlated with either a modeled representation of the laser pulse or a noise-free stray light signal to extract channel amplitudes.

  14. X-ray Thomson scattering measurements of temperature and density from multi-shocked CH capsules

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    Fletcher, L. B.; Glenzer, S. H.; Kritcher, A.; Pak, A.; Ma, T.; Doppner, T.; Fortmann, C.; Divol, L.; Landen, O. L.; Vorberger, J.; et al

    2013-05-24

    Proof-of-principle measurements of the electron densities, temperatures, and ionization states of spherically compressed multi-shocked CH (polystyrene) capsules have been achieved using spectrally resolved x-ray Thomson scattering. A total energy of 13.5 kJ incident on target is used to compress a 70 μm thick CH shell above solid-mass density using three coalescing shocks. Separately, a laser-produced zinc He-α x-ray source at 9 keV delayed 200 ps-800 ps after maximum compression is used to probe the plasma in the non-collective scattering regime. The data show that x-ray Thomson scattering enables a complete description of the time-dependent hydrodynamic evolution of shock-compressed CH capsules,more » with a maximum measured density of ρ > 6 g cm–3. Additionally, the results demonstrate that accurate measurements of x-ray scattering from bound-free transitions in the CH plasma demonstrate strong evidence that continuum lowering is the primary ionization mechanism of carbon L-shell electrons.« less

  15. X-ray Thomson scattering measurements of temperature and density from multi-shocked CH capsules

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    Fletcher, L. B.; Glenzer, S. H.; Kritcher, A.; Pak, A.; Ma, T.; Doppner, T.; Fortmann, C.; Divol, L.; Landen, O. L.; Vorberger, J.; Chapman, D. A.; Gericke, D. O.; Falcone, R. W.

    2013-05-24

    Proof-of-principle measurements of the electron densities, temperatures, and ionization states of spherically compressed multi-shocked CH (polystyrene) capsules have been achieved using spectrally resolved x-ray Thomson scattering. A total energy of 13.5 kJ incident on target is used to compress a 70 μm thick CH shell above solid-mass density using three coalescing shocks. Separately, a laser-produced zinc He-α x-ray source at 9 keV delayed 200 ps-800 ps after maximum compression is used to probe the plasma in the non-collective scattering regime. The data show that x-ray Thomson scattering enables a complete description of the time-dependent hydrodynamic evolution of shock-compressed CH capsules, with a maximum measured density of ρ > 6 g cm–3. Additionally, the results demonstrate that accurate measurements of x-ray scattering from bound-free transitions in the CH plasma demonstrate strong evidence that continuum lowering is the primary ionization mechanism of carbon L-shell electrons.

  16. X-ray Thomson scattering measurements of temperature and density from multi-shocked CH capsules

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    Fletcher, L. B.; Kritcher, A.; Pak, A.; Ma, T.; Döppner, T.; Divol, L.; Landen, O. L.; Glenzer, S. H.; Fortmann, C.; Vorberger, J.; Gericke, D. O.; Chapman, D. A.; Falcone, R. W.

    2013-05-15

    Proof-of-principle measurements of the electron densities, temperatures, and ionization states of spherically compressed multi-shocked CH (polystyrene) capsules have been achieved using spectrally resolved x-ray Thomson scattering. A total energy of 13.5 kJ incident on target is used to compress a 70 μm thick CH shell above solid-mass density using three coalescing shocks. Separately, a laser-produced zinc He-α x-ray source at 9 keV delayed 200 ps-800 ps after maximum compression is used to probe the plasma in the non-collective scattering regime. The data show that x-ray Thomson scattering enables a complete description of the time-dependent hydrodynamic evolution of shock-compressed CH capsules, with a maximum measured density of ρ > 6 g cm{sup −3}. In addition, the results demonstrate that accurate measurements of x-ray scattering from bound-free transitions in the CH plasma demonstrate strong evidence that continuum lowering is the primary ionization mechanism of carbon L-shell electrons.

  17. Polarization of x-gamma radiation produced by a Thomson and Compton inverse scattering

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    Petrillo, V.; Bacci, A.; Curatolo, C.; Drebot, I.; Giribono, A.; Maroli, C.; Rossi, A. R.; Serafini, L.; Tomassini, P.; Vaccarezza, C.; Variola, A.

    2015-11-01

    A systematic study of the polarization of x-gamma rays produced in Thomson and Compton scattering is presented, in both classical and quantum schemes. Numerical results and analytical considerations let us to establish the polarization level as a function of acceptance, bandwidth and energy. Few sources have been considered: the SPARC_LAB Thomson device, as an example of a x-ray Thomson source, ELI-NP, operating in the gamma range. Then, the typical parameters of a beam produced by a plasma accelerator has been analyzed. In the first case, with bandwidths up to 10%, a contained reduction (<10 % ) in the average polarization occurs. In the last case, for the nominal ELI-NP relative bandwidth of 5 ×1 0-3 , the polarization is always close to 1. For applications requiring larger bandwidth, however, a degradation of the polarization up to 30% must be taken into account. In addition, an all optical gamma source based on a plasma accelerated electron beam cannot guarantee narrow bandwidth and high polarization operational conditions required in nuclear photonics experiments.

  18. Measurements of ion temperature and plasma hydrogenic composition by collective Thomson scattering in neutral beam heated discharges at TEXTOR

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    Stejner, M.; Salewski, M.; Korsholm, S. B.; Bindslev, H.; Delabie, E.; Leipold, F.; Meo, F.; Michelsen, P. K.; Moseev, D.; Nielsen, S. K.; Bürger, A.; de Baar, M.; the TEXTOR Team

    2013-08-01

    A method is developed to perform plasma composition and ion temperature measurements across the plasma minor radius in TEXTOR based on ion cyclotron structures in collective Thomson scattering spectra. By gradually moving the scattering volume, we obtain measurements across the outer midplane of the plasma. Results for the ion temperature are compared with ion temperatures measured by active charge-exchange recombination spectroscopy.

  19. The ITER divertor Thomson scattering system: engineering and advanced hardware solutions

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    Mukhin, E. E.; Semenov, V. V.; Razdobarin, A. G.; Tolstyakov, S. Yu; Kochergin, M. M.; Kurskiev, G. S.; Berezutsky, A. A.; Podushnikova, K. A.; Masyukevich, S. V.; Chernakov, P. V.; Borovkov, A. I.; Modestov, V. S.; Nemov, A. S.; Voinov, A. S.; Kornev, A. F.; Stupnikov, V. K.; Borisov, A. A.; Baranov, G. N.; Koval, A. N.; Makushina, A. F.; Yelizarov, B. A.; Kukushkin, A. S.; Encheva, A.; Andrew, P.

    2012-02-01

    A divertor Thomson scattering (TS) system being developed for ITER has incorporated proven solutions from currently available TS systems. On the other hand any ITER diagnostic has to operate in a hostile environment and very restricted access geometry. Therefore the operation in an environment of intensive stray light, plasma background radiation, the necessity meet the requirement using only a 20 mm gap between divertor cassettes for plasma diagnosis as well as to measure plasma temperatures as low as 1 eV severely constrain the divertor TS diagnostic design. The challenging solutions of this novel diagnostic system which has to ensure its steady performance and also the operability and maintenance are the focus of this report. One of the most demanding parts of the in-vessel diagnostic equipment development is the design assessment using different engineering analyses. The task definition and first results of thermal, e/m and seismic analyses are provided. The process of further improving of the design involves identification of susceptible areas and multiple iterations of the design, as needed. One of the key points for all Thomson scattering diagnostics are the laser capabilities. A high-performance and high-power laser system using a steady-state and high-repetitive mode Nd:YAG laser (2J, 50-100Hz, 3ns) has been developed. The reduced laser pulse duration matched with high-speed low-noise APD detector can be very important under high background light level. For diagnostics such as Thomson scattering and Raman spectroscopy, a high-degree of discrimination against stray light at the laser wavelength is required for successful detection of wavelength-shifted light from the laser-plasma interaction region. For this case of high stray light level, a triple grating polychromator characterized by high rejection and high transmission has been designed and developed. The novel polychromator design minimizes stray light while still maintaining a relatively high

  20. LIGHT SOURCE: A simulation study of Tsinghua Thomson scattering X-ray source

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    Tang, Chuan-Xiang; Li, Ren-Kai; Huang, Wen-Hui; Chen, Huai-Bi; Du, Ying-Chao; Du, Qiang; Du, Tai-Bin; He, Xiao-Zhong; Hua, Jian-Fei; Lin, Yu-Zhen; Qian, Hou-Jun; Shi, Jia-Ru; Xiang, Dao; Yan, Li-Xin; Yu, Pei-Cheng

    2009-06-01

    Thomson scattering X-ray sources are compact and affordable facilities that produce short duration, high brightness X-ray pulses enabling new experimental capacities in ultra-fast science studies, and also medical and industrial applications. Such a facility has been built at the Accelerator Laboratory of Tsinghua University, and upgrade is in progress. In this paper, we present a proposed layout of the upgrade with design parameters by simulation, aiming at high X-ray pulses flux and brightness, and also enabling advanced dynamics studies and applications of the electron beam. Design and construction status of main subsystems are also presented.

  1. X-ray Thomson scattering diagnostics of impact ionization in laser-driven carbon foils

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    Sperling, P.; Zastrau, U.; Toleikis, S.; Glenzer, S. H.; Redmer, R.

    2015-06-01

    We have studied the light-matter interaction of ultra-short, intense optical laser fields with thin carbon foils via particle-in-cell simulations. Especially, the influence of additional impact ionization on the density and temperature of the generated plasma and on the corresponding Thomson scattering spectra was investigated. We predict a pump-probe experiment at the free electron laser FLASH in order to verify the importance of this effect in the laser-matter interaction on ultra-short time scales and to check our predictions quantitatively.

  2. Data processing and analysis of the imaging Thomson scattering diagnostic system on HT-7 tokamak

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    Han Xiaofeng; Shao Chunqiang; Xi Xiaoqi; Zhao Junyu; Qing Zang; Yang Jianhua; Dai Xingxing; Shinichiro, Kado

    2013-05-15

    A high spatial resolution imaging Thomson scattering diagnostic system was developed in ASIPP (Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences). After about one month trial running on the superconducting HT-7 (Hefei Tokamak-7) tokamak, the system was proved to be capable of measuring plasma electron temperature. The system setup and data calibration are described in this paper and then the instrument function is studied in detail, as well as the measurement capability, an electron temperature of 50 eV to 2 keV and density beyond 1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 19} m{sup -3}. Finally, the data processing method and experimental results are presented.

  3. Thomson scattering measurement of a shock in laser-produced counter-streaming plasmas

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    Morita, T.; Kuramitsu, Y.; Moritaka, T.; Sakawa, Y.; Takabe, H.; Graduate School of Science, Osaka University, 1-1 Machikane-yama, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-0043 ; Tomita, K.; Nakayama, K.; Inoue, K.; Uchino, K.; Ide, T.; Tsubouchi, K.; Nishio, K.; Ide, H.; Kuwada, M.

    2013-09-15

    We report the first direct measurement of temporally and spatially resolved plasma temperatures at a shock as well as its spatial structure and propagation in laser-produced counter-streaming plasmas. Two shocks are formed in counter-streaming collisionless plasmas early in time, and they propagate opposite directions. This indicates the existence of counter-streaming collisionless flows to keep exciting the shocks, even though the collisional effects increase later in time. The shock images are observed with optical diagnostics, and the upstream and downstream plasma parameters of one of the shocks are measured using Thomson scattering technique.

  4. Data processing and analysis of the imaging Thomson scattering diagnostic system on HT-7 tokamak.

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    Han, Xiaofeng; Shao, Chunqiang; Xi, Xiaoqi; Zhao, Junyu; Qing, Zang; Yang, Jianhua; Dai, Xingxing; Kado, Shinichiro

    2013-05-01

    A high spatial resolution imaging Thomson scattering diagnostic system was developed in ASIPP (Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences). After about one month trial running on the superconducting HT-7 (Hefei Tokamak-7) tokamak, the system was proved to be capable of measuring plasma electron temperature. The system setup and data calibration are described in this paper and then the instrument function is studied in detail, as well as the measurement capability, an electron temperature of 50 eV to 2 keV and density beyond 1 × 10(19) m(-3). Finally, the data processing method and experimental results are presented. PMID:23742546

  5. Edge Thomson scattering diagnostic on COMPASS tokamak: installation, calibration, operation, improvements.

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    Bohm, P; Aftanas, M; Bilkova, P; Stefanikova, E; Mikulin, O; Melich, R; Janky, F; Havlicek, J; Sestak, D; Weinzettl, V; Stockel, J; Hron, M; Panek, R; Scannell, R; Frassinetti, L; Fassina, A; Naylor, G; Walsh, M J

    2014-11-01

    The core Thomson scattering diagnostic (TS) on the COMPASS tokamak was put in operation and reported earlier. Implementation of edge TS, with spatial resolution along the laser beam up to ∼1/100 of the tokamak minor radius, is presented now. The procedure for spatial calibration and alignment of both core and edge systems is described. Several further upgrades of the TS system, like a triggering unit and piezo motor driven vacuum window shutter, are introduced as well. The edge TS system, together with the core TS, is now in routine operation and provides electron temperature and density profiles. PMID:25430338

  6. Effect of changes in viewing window transmission on high-temperature Thomson scattering data

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    McNeill, D.H. )

    1990-04-01

    Unmonitored changes in the transmission of viewing windows owing to deposited films can produce errors in Thomson scattering temperature measurements. This effect is illustrated by a recent run on the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) where apparent errors of over 25% in peak temperatures of 9 keV owing to carbon films were noted. Since coatings can also be removed by hydrogen discharges, the transmission of a window may change with time, resulting in variable errors in the temperature. It is proposed that these changes be monitored by calibration {ital in} {ital situ} with the aid of a low-pressure hydrogen glow discharge.

  7. Edge Thomson scattering diagnostic on COMPASS tokamak: Installation, calibration, operation, improvements

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    Bohm, P. Bilkova, P.; Melich, R.; Sestak, D.; Weinzettl, V.; Stockel, J.; Hron, M.; Panek, R.; Mikulin, O.; Scannell, R.; Naylor, G.; Frassinetti, L.; Fassina, A.; Walsh, M. J.

    2014-11-15

    The core Thomson scattering diagnostic (TS) on the COMPASS tokamak was put in operation and reported earlier. Implementation of edge TS, with spatial resolution along the laser beam up to ∼1/100 of the tokamak minor radius, is presented now. The procedure for spatial calibration and alignment of both core and edge systems is described. Several further upgrades of the TS system, like a triggering unit and piezo motor driven vacuum window shutter, are introduced as well. The edge TS system, together with the core TS, is now in routine operation and provides electron temperature and density profiles.

  8. Ultrashort hard x-ray pulses generated by 90 degrees Thomson scattering

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    Chin, A.H.; Schoenlein, R.W.; Glover, T.E.

    1997-04-01

    Ultrashort x-ray pulses permit observation of fast structural dynamics in a variety of condensed matter systems. The authors have generated 300 femtosecond, 30 keV x-ray pulses by 90 degrees Thomson scattering between femtosecond laser pulses and relativistic electrons. The x-ray and laser pulses are synchronized on a femtosecond time scale, an important prerequisite for ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy. Analysis of the x-ray beam properties also allows for electron bunch characterization on a femtosecond time scale.

  9. Femtosecond x-rays from Thomson scattering using laser wakefield accelerators

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    Catravas, P.; Esarey, E.; Leemans, W.P.

    2001-03-01

    The possibility of producing femtosecond x-rays through Thomson scattering high power laser beams off laser wakefield generated relativistic electron beams is discussed. The electron beams are produced with either a self-modulated laser wakefield accelerator (SM-LWFA) or through a standard laser wakefield accelerator (LWFA) with optical injection. For a SM-LWFA (LWFA) produced electron beam, a broad (narrow) energy distribution is assumed, resulting in X-ray spectra that are broadband (monochromatic). Designs are presented for 3-100 fs x-ray pulses and the expected flux and brightness of these sources are compared.

  10. Time evolution analysis of the electron distribution in Thomson/Compton back-scattering

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    Petrillo, V.; Bacci, A.; Curatolo, C.; Maroli, C.; Serafini, L.; Rossi, A. R.

    2013-07-28

    We present the time evolution of the energy distribution of a relativistic electron beam after the Compton back-scattering with a counter-propagating laser field, performed in the framework of the Quantum Electrodynamics, by means of the code CAIN. As the correct angular distribution of the spontaneous emission is accounted, the main effect is the formation of few stripes, followed by the diffusion of the more energetic particles toward lower values in the longitudinal phase space. The Chapman-Kolmogorov master equation gives results in striking agreement with the numerical ones. An experiment on the Thomson source at SPARC-LAB is proposed.

  11. Temporally resolved plasma composition measurements by collective Thomson scattering in TEXTOR (invited)a)

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    Stejner, M.; Korsholm, S. B.; Nielsen, S. K.; Salewski, M.; Bindslev, H.; Leipold, F.; Michelsen, P. K.; Meo, F.; Moseev, D.; Bürger, A.; Kantor, M.; de Baar, M.

    2012-10-01

    Fusion plasma composition measurements by collective Thomson scattering (CTS) were demonstrated in recent proof-of-principle measurements in TEXTOR [S. B. Korsholm et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 165004 (2011), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.165004]. Such measurements rely on the ability to resolve and interpret ion cyclotron structure in CTS spectra. Here, we extend these techniques to enable temporally resolved plasma composition measurements by CTS in TEXTOR, and we discuss the prospect for such measurements with newly installed hardware upgrades for the CTS system on ASDEX Upgrade.

  12. Simultaneous imaging electron- and ion-feature Thomson scattering measurements of radiatively heated Xe

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    Pollock, B. B.; Meinecke, J.; Kuschel, S.; Ross, J. S.; Divol, L.; Glenzer, S. H.; Shaw, J. L.; Stoafer, C.; Tynan, G. R.

    2012-10-15

    Uniform density and temperature Xe plasmas have been produced over >4 mm scale-lengths using x-rays generated in a cylindrical Pb cavity. The cavity is 750 {mu}m in depth and diameter, and is heated by a 300 J, 2 ns square, 1054 nm laser pulse focused to a spot size of 200 {mu}m at the cavity entrance. The plasma is characterized by simultaneous imaging Thomson scattering measurements from both the electron and ion scattering features. The electron feature measurement determines the spatial electron density and temperature profile, and using these parameters as constraints in the ion feature analysis allows an accurate determination of the charge state of the Xe ions. The Thomson scattering probe beam is 40 J, 200 ps, and 527 nm, and is focused to a 100 {mu}m spot size at the entrance of the Pb cavity. Each system has a spatial resolution of 25 {mu}m, a temporal resolution of 200 ps (as determined by the probe duration), and a spectral resolution of 2 nm for the electron feature system and 0.025 nm for the ion feature system. The experiment is performed in a Xe filled target chamber at a neutral pressure of 3-10 Torr, and the x-rays produced in the Pb ionize and heat the Xe to a charge state of 20{+-}4 at up to 200 eV electron temperatures.

  13. A high-resolution Lidar-Thomson scattering diagnostic for JET

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    Fajemirokun, H.; Gowers, C.; Nielsen, P.; Salzmann, H.; Hirsch, K.

    1990-10-01

    A LIDAR-Thomson scattering system with better than 5 cm spatial resolution to resolve edge electron temperature and density gradients in H-mode operation in JET is needed. A dynamic range in measurable electron temperature of 0.1-1.5 keV and a minimum detectable electron density of 1019/m3 are required. To achieve these levels of performance, it is planned to use a modified section of the existing JET LIDAR-Thomson scattering system. A new detection system, consisting of a streak camera and an intensifier unit, will be used. Spectral dispersion is to be performed by a three-channel edge filter spectrometer. Recording and digitization of the scattered signal will be performed by a CCD camera read out by a personal computer. The system is described and results of experiments to determine the minimum visible light levels using a commercial streak camera, intensifier unit, and CCD camera and a pulsed laser diode light source are briefly presented. In addition, simulations of expected signal-to-noise ratio performance are discussed.

  14. Ab initio calculation of the ion feature in x-ray Thomson scattering.

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    Plagemann, Kai-Uwe; Rüter, Hannes R; Bornath, Thomas; Shihab, Mohammed; Desjarlais, Michael P; Fortmann, Carsten; Glenzer, Siegfried H; Redmer, Ronald

    2015-07-01

    The spectrum of x-ray Thomson scattering is proportional to the dynamic structure factor. An important contribution is the ion feature which describes elastic scattering of x rays off electrons. We apply an ab initio method for the calculation of the form factor of bound electrons, the slope of the screening cloud of free electrons, and the ion-ion structure factor in warm dense beryllium. With the presented method we can calculate the ion feature from first principles. These results will facilitate a better understanding of x-ray scattering in warm dense matter and an accurate measurement of ion temperatures which would allow determining nonequilibrium conditions, e.g., along shock propagation. PMID:26274290

  15. Interpenetration and deflection phenomena in collisions between supersonic, magnetized, tungsten plasma flows diagnosed using high resolution optical Thomson scattering

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    Swadling, G. F.; Lebedev, S. V.; Harvey-Thompson, A. J.; Rozmus, W.; Burdiak, G.; Suttle, L.; Patankar, S.; Smith, R. A.; Bennett, M.; Hall, G. N.; Suzuki-Vidal, F.; Bland, S.; Yuan, J.

    2015-07-01

    An optical Thomson scattering diagnostic has been used to investigate collisions between supersonic, magnetized plasma flows, in particular the transition from collisionless to collisional interaction dynamics. These flows were produced using tungsten wire array z-pinches, driven by the 1.4 MA 240 ns Magpie generator at Imperial College London. Measurements of the collective-mode Thomson scattering ion-feature clearly indicate that the ablation flows are interpenetrating at 100 ns (after current start), and this interpenetration continues until at least 140 ns. The Thomson spectrum at 150 ns shows a clear change in the dynamics of the stream interactions, transitioning towards a collisional, shock-like interaction of the streams near the axis. The Thomson scattering data also provide indirect evidence of the presence of a significant toroidal magnetic field embedded in the "precursor" plasma near the axis of the array over the period 100-140 ns; these observations are in agreement with previous measurements [Swadling et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 035003 (2014)]. The Thomson scattering measurements at 150 ns suggest that this magnetic field must collapse at around the time the dense precursor column begins to form.

  16. Interpenetration and deflection phenomena in collisions between supersonic, magnetized, tungsten plasma flows diagnosed using high resolution optical Thomson scattering

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    Swadling, G. F.; Lebedev, S. V.; Burdiak, G.; Suttle, L.; Patankar, S.; Smith, R. A.; Bennett, M.; Hall, G. N.; Suzuki-Vidal, F.; Bland, S.; Harvey-Thompson, A. J.; Rozmus, W.; Yuan, J.

    2015-07-15

    An optical Thomson scattering diagnostic has been used to investigate collisions between supersonic, magnetized plasma flows, in particular the transition from collisionless to collisional interaction dynamics. These flows were produced using tungsten wire array z-pinches, driven by the 1.4 MA 240 ns Magpie generator at Imperial College London. Measurements of the collective-mode Thomson scattering ion-feature clearly indicate that the ablation flows are interpenetrating at 100 ns (after current start), and this interpenetration continues until at least 140 ns. The Thomson spectrum at 150 ns shows a clear change in the dynamics of the stream interactions, transitioning towards a collisional, shock-like interaction of the streams near the axis. The Thomson scattering data also provide indirect evidence of the presence of a significant toroidal magnetic field embedded in the “precursor” plasma near the axis of the array over the period 100–140 ns; these observations are in agreement with previous measurements [Swadling et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 035003 (2014)]. The Thomson scattering measurements at 150 ns suggest that this magnetic field must collapse at around the time the dense precursor column begins to form.

  17. Collective Thomson scattering energetic particle diagnostic in high performance tokamaks. Final report

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    Cheung, P.Y.; Aamodt, R.E.; Russell, D.A.

    1997-07-08

    This report summarizes the work performed under DOE grant DE-FG03-95ER54334. Lodestar was an active participant in the low power Collective Thomson Scattering (CTS) diagnostic experiment at TFTR in collaboration with MIT. A simple and effective fitting technique was developed to extract key parameters from the scattered data. Utilizing this new technique, the concept of lower hybrid resonance scattering was adapted for a feasibility study of a low/medium power collective scattering diagnostic for ITER. The implementation and the testing of such a technique for actual parameter extraction using TFTR data, however, was severely limited due to experimental and instrumentation complications. Based on the studies the authors have performed up to date, it is believed that a combination of non-physics related effects such as multiple wall reflection of incident signal and spectral impurity problem o the gyrotron can account for the anomalous signal strength. A collaborative effort with GA was initiated and a feasibility study of developing and implementing a collective thomson scattering (CTS) diagnostic for the detection of energetic particles at DIII-D was completed. Specifically, the process of selecting an optimum receiver location for the diagnostic is discussed in detailed. Results presented here include detailed signal to noise calculations and ray-tracing studies. Critical physics issues and selection criteria are discussed and a procedure to detect anisotropic energetic ion temperatures is also outlined. Favorable results, obtained in the feasibility study, indicate that it should be possible to develop and implement a CTS diagnostic at DIII-D.

  18. Development of laser beam injection system for the Edge Thomson Scattering (ETS) in ITER

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    Yatsuka, E.; Hatae, T.; Suitoh, S.; Ohara, M.; Hagita, K.; Inoue, K.; Bassan, M.; Walsh, M.; Itami, K.

    2016-01-01

    This paper focuses on the design and development of the laser injection system for the ITER Edge Thomson Scattering system (ETS). The ITER ETS achieves a temporal resolution of 100 Hz by firing two 50 Hz laser beams alternatively. The use of dual lasers enables us to perform the Thomson scattering measurements at a temporal resolution of 50 Hz in case that one of the laser systems stops functioning. A new type of beam combiner was developed to obtain a single beam that is collinear and fixed linearly polarized from two laser beams using a motor-driven rotating half-wave plate. The rotating half-wave plate method does not induce misalignment even if the rotating mechanism malfunctions. The combined beam is relayed from the diagnostic hall to the plasma using mirror optics and is absorbed at the beam dump integrated on the inner blanket. The beam alignment system was designed to direct the laser beam onto the center of the beam dump head. The beam position at the beam dump is monitored by four alignment laser beams which propagate parallel to the diagnostic Nd:YAG laser beam and imaging systems installed outside the diagnostic port.

  19. Detecting non-maxwellian electron velocity distributions at JET by high resolution Thomson scattering.

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    Beausang, K V; Prunty, S L; Scannell, R; Beurskens, M N; Walsh, M J; de la Luna, E

    2011-03-01

    The present work is motivated by a long standing discrepancy between the electron temperature measurements of Thomson scattering (TS) and electron cyclotron emission (ECE) diagnostics for plasmas with strong auxiliary heating observed at both JET and TFTR above 6–7 keV, where in some cases the ECE electron temperature measurements can be 15%–20% higher than the TS measurements. Recent analysis based on ECE results at JET has shown evidence of distortions to the Maxwellian electron velocity distribution and a correlation with the TS and ECE discrepancies has been suggested. In this paper, a technique to determine the presence of non-Maxwellian behavior using TS diagnostics is outlined. The difficulties and limitations of modern TS system designs to determine the electron velocity distribution are also discussed. It is demonstrated that small deviations such as those suggested by previous ECE analysis could be potentially detected, depending on the spectral layout of the TS polychromators. The spectral layout of the JET high resolution Thomson scattering system is such that it could be used to determine these deviations between 1 and 6 keV, and the results presented here indicate that no evidence of non-Maxwellian behavior is observed in this range. In this paper, a modification to the current polychromator design is proposed, allowing non-Maxwellian distortions to be detected up to at least 10 keV. PMID:21585113

  20. Detecting non-Maxwellian electron velocity distributions at JET by high resolution Thomson scattering

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    Beausang, K. V.; Prunty, S. L.; Scannell, R.; Beurskens, M. N.; Walsh, M. J.; Collaboration: JET EFDA Contributors

    2011-03-15

    The present work is motivated by a long standing discrepancy between the electron temperature measurements of Thomson scattering (TS) and electron cyclotron emission (ECE) diagnostics for plasmas with strong auxiliary heating observed at both JET and TFTR above 6-7 keV, where in some cases the ECE electron temperature measurements can be 15%-20% higher than the TS measurements. Recent analysis based on ECE results at JET has shown evidence of distortions to the Maxwellian electron velocity distribution and a correlation with the TS and ECE discrepancies has been suggested. In this paper, a technique to determine the presence of non-Maxwellian behavior using TS diagnostics is outlined. The difficulties and limitations of modern TS system designs to determine the electron velocity distribution are also discussed. It is demonstrated that small deviations such as those suggested by previous ECE analysis could be potentially detected, depending on the spectral layout of the TS polychromators. The spectral layout of the JET high resolution Thomson scattering system is such that it could be used to determine these deviations between 1 and 6 keV, and the results presented here indicate that no evidence of non-Maxwellian behavior is observed in this range. In this paper, a modification to the current polychromator design is proposed, allowing non-Maxwellian distortions to be detected up to at least 10 keV.

  1. Concept to diagnose mix with imaging x-ray Thomson scattering

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    Keiter, Paul A.; Gamboa, Eliseo J.; Huntington, Channing M.; Kuranz, Carolyn C.

    2012-10-15

    Turbulent mixing of two fluid species is a ubiquitous problem, prevalent in systems such as inertial confinement fusion (ICF) capsule implosions, supernova remnants, and other astrophysical systems. In complex, high Reynolds number compressible high energy density (HED) flows such as these, hydrodynamic instabilities initiate the turbulent mixing process, which can then feedback and alter the mean hydrodynamic motion through nonlinear processes. In order to predict how these systems evolve under turbulent conditions, models are used. However, these models require detailed quantitative data to validate and constrain their detailed physics models as well as improve them. Providing this much needed data is currently at the forefront of HED research but is proving elusive due to a lack of available diagnostics capable of directly measuring detailed flow variables. Thomson scattering is a promising technique in this regard as it provides fundamental conditions of the flow ({rho}, T, Zbar) due to its direct interaction with the small scales of the fluid or plasma and was recently considered as a possible mix diagnostic. With the development of imaging x-ray Thomson scattering (IXRTS) obtaining spatial profiles of these variables is within reach. We propose a novel use of the IXRTS technique that will provide more detailed quantitative data required for model validation in mix experiments.

  2. Surpassing one x-ray photon per electron in nonlinear Thomson scattering in 180 deg. geometry

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    Zhao Shihua; Lv Qingzheng; Yuan Suying; Li Yingjun

    2012-01-15

    We have obtained the general analytical expressions of harmonic radiation for Thomson scattering (TS) of arbitrary polarized laser by virtue of generalized Bessel functions and derived the extremum conditions for backscattered harmonics. Especially, for the fundamental backscattered Thomson scattering x-ray yield, we have shown that at the same conditions, the circular polarization reaches maximum while the linear case minimum. This effect is significant when a{sup 2}{>=}1. With the assumption that the x-ray photon yield of a realistic focused pulse of energy E, wavelength {lambda}, and Rayleigh range z{sub R} is equivalent to a plane wave pulse containing N{sub l} cycles via the relation N{sub l}{lambda}=pz{sub R} where the effective factor p is of order one, we applied the plane wave results to realistic laser pulses and deduced that the backscattered x-ray photon number N{sub f} per electron achieves its peak value when the average dimensionless laser intensity a{sup 2}=0.677 and is irrelevant to the value of p. Since N{sub f} and its maximum N{sub fmax} both scale with the square root of E/{lambda}, it is realizable to attain N{sub f}{>=}1 using joule-scale laser pulses while a great challenge for N{sub f}>10.

  3. Generation of first hard X-ray pulse at Tsinghua Thomson Scattering X-ray Source.

    PubMed

    Du, Yingchao; Yan, Lixin; Hua, Jianfei; Du, Qiang; Zhang, Zhen; Li, Renkai; Qian, Houjun; Huang, Wenhui; Chen, Huaibi; Tang, Chuanxiang

    2013-05-01

    Tsinghua Thomson Scattering X-ray Source (TTX) is the first-of-its-kind dedicated hard X-ray source in China based on the Thomson scattering between a terawatt ultrashort laser and relativistic electron beams. In this paper, we report the experimental generation and characterization of the first hard X-ray pulses (51.7 keV) via head-on collision of an 800 nm laser and 46.7 MeV electron beams. The measured yield is 1.0 × 10(6) per pulse with an electron bunch charge of 200 pC and laser pulse energy of 300 mJ. The angular intensity distribution and energy spectra of the X-ray pulse are measured with an electron-multiplying charge-coupled device using a CsI scintillator and silicon attenuators. These measurements agree well with theoretical and simulation predictions. An imaging test using the X-ray pulse at the TTX is also presented. PMID:23742539

  4. Generation of first hard X-ray pulse at Tsinghua Thomson Scattering X-ray Source

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    Du Yingchao; Yan Lixin; Hua Jianfei; Du Qiang; Zhang Zhen; Li Renkai; Qian Houjun; Huang Wenhui; Chen Huaibi; Tang Chuanxiang

    2013-05-15

    Tsinghua Thomson Scattering X-ray Source (TTX) is the first-of-its-kind dedicated hard X-ray source in China based on the Thomson scattering between a terawatt ultrashort laser and relativistic electron beams. In this paper, we report the experimental generation and characterization of the first hard X-ray pulses (51.7 keV) via head-on collision of an 800 nm laser and 46.7 MeV electron beams. The measured yield is 1.0 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 6} per pulse with an electron bunch charge of 200 pC and laser pulse energy of 300 mJ. The angular intensity distribution and energy spectra of the X-ray pulse are measured with an electron-multiplying charge-coupled device using a CsI scintillator and silicon attenuators. These measurements agree well with theoretical and simulation predictions. An imaging test using the X-ray pulse at the TTX is also presented.

  5. Status of the Alcator C-MOD scanning two-dimensional Thomson scattering diagnostic

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    Watterson, R. ); Chen, K. )

    1990-10-01

    The detailed study of noncircular tokamak discharges will require measurements of local {ital T}{sub {ital e}} and {ital n}{sub {ital e}} over a two-dimensional region. A novel scanning Thomson scattering system is under construction for use on the Alcator C-Mod device. A multipulse (50 Hz pulse rate) Nd:YAG laser (1 J, 15 nS) will be used to scan the plasma major radius within a 14 cm range during a 160 mS period with a spatial step size of 2 cm. The laser beam sweep, which is limited by the size of the diagnostic ports, will cover {approximately}50% of the plasma discharge cross section. The scattered laser light spectra at various positions along the vertical laser beam path will be analyzed by a set of up to 11 (initial operation is planned for six) Wadsworth spectrometers. A prototype spectrometer with associated light collection optics has been tested and the total Thomson system optical transmission has been measured to be {approximately}12--15%. System details and performance measurements will be presented.

  6. Experimental investigations of plasma perturbation in Thomson scattering applied to thermal plasma diagnostics

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    Dzierzega, Krzysztof; Zawadzki, Witold; Pokrzywka, Bartlomiej; Pellerin, Stephane

    2006-08-15

    Time and space resolved measurements of Thomson scattering of 532 nm, 6 ns laser pulses were performed on argon thermal discharge plasma with electron temperature T{sub e}>10 000 K and electron density 8x10{sup 22} m{sup -3}Thomson scattered laser light, our study yields temperatures close to those obtained by modeling and time-resolved spectroscopic measurements.

  7. Concept to diagnose mix with imaging x-ray Thomson scattering.

    PubMed

    Keiter, Paul A; Gamboa, Eliseo J; Huntington, Channing M; Kuranz, Carolyn C

    2012-10-01

    Turbulent mixing of two fluid species is a ubiquitous problem, prevalent in systems such as inertial confinement fusion (ICF) capsule implosions, supernova remnants, and other astrophysical systems. In complex, high Reynolds number compressible high energy density (HED) flows such as these, hydrodynamic instabilities initiate the turbulent mixing process, which can then feedback and alter the mean hydrodynamic motion through nonlinear processes. In order to predict how these systems evolve under turbulent conditions, models are used. However, these models require detailed quantitative data to validate and constrain their detailed physics models as well as improve them. Providing this much needed data is currently at the forefront of HED research but is proving elusive due to a lack of available diagnostics capable of directly measuring detailed flow variables. Thomson scattering is a promising technique in this regard as it provides fundamental conditions of the flow (ρ, T, Zbar) due to its direct interaction with the small scales of the fluid or plasma and was recently considered as a possible mix diagnostic. With the development of imaging x-ray Thomson scattering (IXRTS) obtaining spatial profiles of these variables is within reach. We propose a novel use of the IXRTS technique that will provide more detailed quantitative data required for model validation in mix experiments. PMID:23127040

  8. Thomson scattering and ponderomotive intermodulation within standing laser beat waves in plasma.

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    Sepke, Scott; Lau, Y Y; Holloway, James Paul; Umstadter, Donald

    2005-08-01

    Electrons in a standing electromagnetic wave--an optical lattice--tend to oscillate due to the quiver and ponderomotive potentials. For sufficiently intense laser fields (Ilamda2 approximately < or = 5 x 10(17) W cm(-2) microm2) and in plasmas with sufficiently low electron densities (n approximately < or = 10(18) cm(-3)), these oscillations can occur faster than the plasma can respond. This paper shows that these oscillations result in Thomson scattering of light at both the laser and ponderomotive bounce frequencies and their harmonics as well as at mixtures of these frequencies. We term this mixing ponderomotive intermodulation. Here, the case of counterpropagating laser beams creating a one-dimensional (1D) optical lattice is analyzed. The near-equilibrium electron orbits and subsequent Thomson scattering patterns are computed in the single-particle limit. Scaling laws are derived to quantify the range of validity of this approach. Finally, collective plasma and laser focusing effects are included by using particle-in-cell (PIC) techniques. This effect resulting in light-frequency conversion has applications both as an infrared light source and as a means to diagnose high laser intensities inside dense plasmas. PMID:16196727

  9. A 130 point Nd:YAG Thomson scattering diagnostic on MAST

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    Scannell, R.; Walsh, M. J.; Dunstan, M. R.; Figueiredo, J.; Naylor, G.; O'Gorman, T.; Shibaev, S.

    2010-10-15

    A Thomson scattering diagnostic designed to measure both edge and core physics has been implemented on MAST. The system uses eight Nd:YAG lasers, each with a repetition rate of 30 Hz. The relative and absolute timing of the lasers may be set arbitrarily to produce fast bursts of measurements to suit the time evolution of the physics being studied. The scattered light is collected at F/6 by a 100 kg six element lens system with an aperture stop of 290 mm. The collected light is then transferred to 130 polychromators by 130 independent fiber bundles. The data acquisition and processing are based on a distributed computer system of dual core processors embedded in 26 chassis. Each chassis is standalone and performs data acquisition and processing for five polychromators. This system allows data to be available quickly after the MAST shot and has potential for real-time operations.

  10. Resolving the bulk ion region of millimeter-wave collective Thomson scattering spectra at ASDEX Upgrade.

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    Stejner, M; Nielsen, S; Jacobsen, A S; Korsholm, S B; Leipold, F; Meo, F; Michelsen, P K; Moseev, D; Rasmussen, J; Salewski, M; Schubert, M; Stober, J; Wagner, D H

    2014-09-01

    Collective Thomson scattering (CTS) measurements provide information about the composition and velocity distribution of confined ion populations in fusion plasmas. The bulk ion part of the CTS spectrum is dominated by scattering off fluctuations driven by the motion of thermalized ion populations. It thus contains information about the ion temperature, rotation velocity, and plasma composition. To resolve the bulk ion region and access this information, we installed a fast acquisition system capable of sampling rates up to 12.5 GS/s in the CTS system at ASDEX Upgrade. CTS spectra with frequency resolution in the range of 1 MHz are then obtained through direct digitization and Fourier analysis of the CTS signal. We here describe the design, calibration, and operation of the fast receiver system and give examples of measured bulk ion CTS spectra showing the effects of changing ion temperature, rotation velocity, and plasma composition. PMID:25273723

  11. Resolving the bulk ion region of millimeter-wave collective Thomson scattering spectra at ASDEX Upgrade

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    Stejner, M. Nielsen, S.; Jacobsen, A. S.; Korsholm, S. B.; Leipold, F.; Meo, F.; Michelsen, P. K.; Rasmussen, J.; Salewski, M.; Moseev, D.; Schubert, M.; Stober, J.; Wagner, D. H.

    2014-09-15

    Collective Thomson scattering (CTS) measurements provide information about the composition and velocity distribution of confined ion populations in fusion plasmas. The bulk ion part of the CTS spectrum is dominated by scattering off fluctuations driven by the motion of thermalized ion populations. It thus contains information about the ion temperature, rotation velocity, and plasma composition. To resolve the bulk ion region and access this information, we installed a fast acquisition system capable of sampling rates up to 12.5 GS/s in the CTS system at ASDEX Upgrade. CTS spectra with frequency resolution in the range of 1 MHz are then obtained through direct digitization and Fourier analysis of the CTS signal. We here describe the design, calibration, and operation of the fast receiver system and give examples of measured bulk ion CTS spectra showing the effects of changing ion temperature, rotation velocity, and plasma composition.

  12. The multipulse Thomson scattering diagnostic on the DIII-D tokamak

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    Carlstrom, T.N.; Campbell, G.L.; DeBoo, J.C.; Evanko, R.G.; Evans, J.; Greenfield, C.M.; Haskovec, J.S.; Hsieh, C.L.; McKee, E.L.; Snider, R.T.; Stockdale, R.E.; Thomas, M.P.; Trost, P.K.

    1991-09-01

    This paper describes the design and operation of a 40-spatial channel Thomson scattering system that uses multiple 20 Hz Nd:YAG lasers to measure the electron temperature and density profiles periodically throughout an entire plasma discharge. Interference filter polychromators disperse the scattered light which is detected by silicon avalanche photodiodes. The measurable temperature range from 10 eV to 20 keV and the minimum detectable density is about 2 {times} 10{sup 18} m{sup {minus}3}. Laser control and data acquisition are performed in real-time by a VME-based microcomputer. Data analysis is performed by a MicroVAX 3400. Unique features of this system include burst mode'' operation, where multiple lasers are fired in rapid succession (< 10 KHz), real-time analysis capability, and laser beam quality and alignment monitoring during plasma operation. Results of component testing, calibration, and plasma operation are presented. 8 refs. 6 figs.

  13. Design of core and edge Thomson scattering systems for Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research tokamak

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    Lee, H.G.; Lee, J.H.; Johnson, D.; Ellis, R.; Feder, R.; Park, H.

    2004-10-01

    The core and edge Thomson systems on Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research employ two different sets of lens collection optics. Their collection systems are positioned in the front end of a long reentrant cassette for optimum viewing coverage and optical throughput. Both systems collect the scattered light from a single tangential beam of multiple 50-Hz Nd:YAG lasers and image the scattering volume from core to edge with 40 spatial points. In order to obtain a higher resolution of 5 mm, the edge system has more spatial channels than the core system. Pressure-free heat shield windows, which will absorb the radiation heat flux, are mounted in front of large vacuum windows to protect them from the radiation heat load during long-pulse discharges.

  14. Measurement of ionization in shock-compressed deuterium using x-ray Thomson scattering

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    Davis, P.; Doeppner, T.; Rygg, J. R.; Unites, W.; Desjarlais, M.; Collins, G. W.; Landen, O. L.; Falcone, R. W.; Glenzer, S. H.

    2010-11-01

    There is currently significant interest in the behavior of dense hydrogen under shock conditions, with applications ranging from planetary science to inertial confinement fusion. Here, we present the first x-ray Thomson scattering measurements on warm, dense deuterium in the collective regime. The experiment, performed on LLNL's Janus laser, used one 2 ns beam to drive a shock at a nominal pressure of 0.5 MBar into a deuterium target held at liquid conditions (19 K). A second 2 ns pulse pumped the Si Ly-α x-ray probe at 2 keV. Scattered x-rays were collected at 45 degrees in the forward direction and spectrally dispersed with a HOPG crystal spectrometer. A plasmon was detected, providing a direct measure of electron density. Simultaneous velocity interferometry was performed to determine pressure, allowing ionization state to be inferred. These results are compared to ab initio and hydrodynamic simulations.

  15. Temporal Evolution of Self-Modulated Laser Wakefields Measured by Coherent Thomson Scattering

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    Ting, A.; Krushelnick, K.; Moore, C.I.; Burris, H.R.; Esarey, E.; Krall, J.; Sprangle, P. |

    1996-12-01

    Coherent Thomson scattering of a picosecond probe laser was used to measure the time evolution of plasma wakefields produced by a high intensity laser pulse (7{times}10{sup 18} W/cm{sup 2}) in an underdense plasma ({ital n}{sub {ital e}}{approx_equal}10{sup 19} cm{sup {minus}3}) in the self-modulated laser wakefield accelerator configuration. Large amplitude plasma wakefields which lasted less than 5ps were observed to decay into ion acoustic waves. The time scales associated with these measurements were consistent with the effects of the modulational instability and the enhancement of scattered signal from plasma channel formation. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  16. Single attosecond pulse generation by nonlinear Thomson scattering in a tightly focused intense laser beam

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    Lan Pengfei; Lu Peixiang; Cao Wei

    2006-01-15

    The relativistic nonlinear Thomson scattering of a tightly focused intense laser pulse by an electron is investigated, and the temporal and spectral characters of the radiation are discussed. In a tightly focused laser pulse with an intensity of approximately 10{sup 20} W/cm{sup 2} and a pulse duration of 20 fs, the electron is scattered away from the focus quickly by the ponderomotive force and therefore the radiation emitted at the focus is much higher than that at other regions. As a result, a single ultrashort pulse of 3.8 as is generated and its corresponding spectrum is broadened to 200 orders of the frequency of the driving laser. With increasing the laser intensity, the signal-to-noise of the radiated pulse increases, and the pulse duration decreases. Moreover, the phase behavior of the spectral components and the dependence of the radiated power on the laser intensity are discussed.

  17. Ultrahigh Brilliance Multi-MeV γ-Ray Beams from Nonlinear Relativistic Thomson Scattering.

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    Sarri, G; Corvan, D J; Schumaker, W; Cole, J M; Di Piazza, A; Ahmed, H; Harvey, C; Keitel, C H; Krushelnick, K; Mangles, S P D; Najmudin, Z; Symes, D; Thomas, A G R; Yeung, M; Zhao, Z; Zepf, M

    2014-11-28

    We report on the generation of a narrow divergence (θ_{γ}<2.5  mrad), multi-MeV (E_{max}≈18  MeV) and ultrahigh peak brilliance (>1.8×10^{20}  photons s^{-1} mm^{-2}  mrad^{-2} 0.1% BW) γ-ray beam from the scattering of an ultrarelativistic laser-wakefield accelerated electron beam in the field of a relativistically intense laser (dimensionless amplitude a_{0}≈2). The spectrum of the generated γ-ray beam is measured, with MeV resolution, seamlessly from 6 to 18 MeV, giving clear evidence of the onset of nonlinear relativistic Thomson scattering. To the best of our knowledge, this photon source has the highest peak brilliance in the multi-MeV regime ever reported in the literature. PMID:25494074

  18. Temporal evolution of confined fast-ion velocity distributions measured by collective Thomson scattering in TEXTOR.

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    Nielsen, S K; Bindslev, H; Porte, L; Hoekzema, J A; Korsholm, S B; Leipold, F; Meo, F; Michelsen, P K; Michelsen, S; Oosterbeek, J W; Tsakadze, E L; Van Wassenhove, G; Westerhof, E; Woskov, P

    2008-01-01

    Fast ions created in the fusion processes will provide up to 70% of the heating in ITER. To optimize heating and current drive in magnetically confined plasmas insight into fast-ion dynamics is important. First measurements of such dynamics by collective Thomson scattering (CTS) were recently reported [Bindslev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 205005 2006]. Here we extend the discussion of these results which were obtained at the TEXTOR tokamak. The fast ions are generated by neutral-beam injection and ion-cyclotron resonance heating. The CTS system uses 100-150kW of 110-GHz gyrotron probing radiation which scatters off the collective plasma fluctuations driven by the fast-ion motion. The technique measures the projected one-dimensional velocity distribution of confined fast ions in the scattering volume where the probe and receiver beams cross. By shifting the scattering volume a number of scattering locations and different resolved velocity components can be measured. The temporal resolution is 4ms while the spatial resolution is approximately 10cm depending on the scattering geometry. Fast-ion velocity distributions in a variety of scenarios are measured, including the evolution of the velocity distribution after turnoff of the ion heating. These results are in close agreement with numerical simulations. PMID:18351944

  19. Investigating the dynamics of laser induced sparks in atmospheric helium using Rayleigh and Thomson scattering

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    Nedanovska, E.; Nersisyan, G.; Lewis, C. L. S.; Riley, D.; Graham, W. G.; Morgan, T. J.; Hüwel, L.; Murakami, T.

    2015-01-07

    We have used optical Rayleigh and Thomson scattering to investigate the expansion dynamics of laser induced plasma in atmospheric helium and to map its electron parameters both in time and space. The plasma is created using 9 ns duration, 140 mJ pulses from a Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm, focused with a 10 cm focal length lens, and probed with 7 ns, 80 mJ, and 532 nm Nd:YAG laser pulses. Between 0.4 μs and 22.5 μs after breakdown, the electron density decreases from 3.3 × 10{sup 17 }cm{sup −3} to 9 × 10{sup 13 }cm{sup −3}, while the temperature drops from 3.2 eV to 0.1 eV. Spatially resolved Thomson scattering data recorded up to 17.5 μs reveal that during this time the laser induced plasma expands at a rate given by R ∼ t{sup 0.4} consistent with a non-radiative spherical blast wave. This data also indicate the development of a toroidal structure in the lateral profile of both electron temperature and density. Rayleigh scattering data show that the gas density decreases in the center of the expanding plasma with a central scattering peak reemerging after about 12 μs. We have utilized a zero dimensional kinetic global model to identify the dominant particle species versus delay time and this indicates that metastable helium and the He{sub 2}{sup +} molecular ion play an important role.

  20. Investigating the dynamics of laser induced sparks in atmospheric helium using Rayleigh and Thomson scattering

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    Nedanovska, E.; Nersisyan, G.; Morgan, T. J.; Hüwel, L.; Murakami, T.; Lewis, C. L. S.; Riley, D.; Graham, W. G.

    2015-01-01

    We have used optical Rayleigh and Thomson scattering to investigate the expansion dynamics of laser induced plasma in atmospheric helium and to map its electron parameters both in time and space. The plasma is created using 9 ns duration, 140 mJ pulses from a Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm, focused with a 10 cm focal length lens, and probed with 7 ns, 80 mJ, and 532 nm Nd:YAG laser pulses. Between 0.4 μs and 22.5 μs after breakdown, the electron density decreases from 3.3 × 1017 cm-3 to 9 × 1013 cm-3, while the temperature drops from 3.2 eV to 0.1 eV. Spatially resolved Thomson scattering data recorded up to 17.5 μs reveal that during this time the laser induced plasma expands at a rate given by R ˜ t0.4 consistent with a non-radiative spherical blast wave. This data also indicate the development of a toroidal structure in the lateral profile of both electron temperature and density. Rayleigh scattering data show that the gas density decreases in the center of the expanding plasma with a central scattering peak reemerging after about 12 μs. We have utilized a zero dimensional kinetic global model to identify the dominant particle species versus delay time and this indicates that metastable helium and the He2+ molecular ion play an important role.

  1. Traveling-wave Thomson scattering and optical undulators for high-yield EUV and X-ray sources

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    Debus, A. D.; Bussmann, M.; Siebold, M.; Jochmann, A.; Schramm, U.; Cowan, T. E.; Sauerbrey, R.

    2010-07-01

    We present a novel high-yield Thomson scattering geometry that takes advantage of compact electron bunches, as available in advanced, low-emittance linear accelerators or laser wakefield accelerators. In order to avoid the restrictions on the X-ray photon yield imposed by the Rayleigh limit, we use ultrashort, pulse-front tilted laser pulses in a side-scattering geometry. Such a traveling-wave setup allows an overlap of electron and laser beams, even after propagating over distances much longer than the Rayleigh length. Experimental designs are discussed and optimized for different scattering angles. Specifically, to minimize group delay dispersion at large scattering angles >10°, we propose the use of varied-line spacing (VLS) gratings for spatio-temporal laser pulse shaping. Compared to head-on (180°) Thomson scattering, interaction lengths are in the centimeter to meter range and photon numbers for ultrashort X-ray pulses can increase by several orders of magnitudes.

  2. X-ray Thomson scattering measurements from shock-compressed deuterium

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    Davis, P.; Doeppner, T.; Rygg, J. R.; Fortmann, C.; Unites, W.; Salmonson, J.; Collins, G. W.; Landen, O. L.; Falcone, R. W.; Glenzer, S. H.

    2012-05-01

    X-ray Thomson scattering has recently been shown to be an effective method of diagnosing a variety of high energy density plasma conditions. We apply this powerful technique to the widely studied problem of shock-compressed liquid deuterium. The behavior of deuterium under extreme conditions has received considerable attention due to its central role in models of giant planets and the importance of the high-pressure insulator-metal transition. We have used spectrally resolved x-ray scattering from electron-plasma waves to perform microscopic observations of ionization during compression. In these experiments, a single shock was launched in cryogenic deuterium reaching compressions of 3x. The 2 keV Ly-α line in silicon was used as an x-ray source in a forward scattering geometry. In addition to elastic scattering from tightly bound electrons, this low probe energy accessed the collective plasmon oscillations of delocalized electrons. Inelastic scattering from the plasmons allowed accurate measurements of the free electron density through the spectral position of the resonance and provided an estimate of the temperature through its ratio with the elastic feature. Combined with velocity interferometry from the reflective shock front, this lead to a direct determination of the ionization state. We compare the measured ionization conditions with computational models. Additionally, we discuss the possibility of using this technique to determine electrical conductivity and to directly observe pressure-induced molecular dissociation along the Hugoniot.

  3. X-ray Thomson scattering measurements from shock-compressed deuterium

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    Davis, P.; Doeppner, T.; Rygg, J. R.; Fortmann, C.; Unites, W.; Salmonson, J.; Collins, G. W.; Landen, O. L.; Falcone, R. W.; Glenzer, S. H.

    2012-05-25

    X-ray Thomson scattering has recently been shown to be an effective method of diagnosing a variety of high energy density plasma conditions. We apply this powerful technique to the widely studied problem of shock-compressed liquid deuterium. The behavior of deuterium under extreme conditions has received considerable attention due to its central role in models of giant planets and the importance of the high-pressure insulator-metal transition. We have used spectrally resolved x-ray scattering from electron-plasma waves to perform microscopic observations of ionization during compression. In these experiments, a single shock was launched in cryogenic deuterium reaching compressions of 3x. The 2 keV Ly-{alpha} line in silicon was used as an x-ray source in a forward scattering geometry. In addition to elastic scattering from tightly bound electrons, this low probe energy accessed the collective plasmon oscillations of delocalized electrons. Inelastic scattering from the plasmons allowed accurate measurements of the free electron density through the spectral position of the resonance and provided an estimate of the temperature through its ratio with the elastic feature. Combined with velocity interferometry from the reflective shock front, this lead to a direct determination of the ionization state. We compare the measured ionization conditions with computational models. Additionally, we discuss the possibility of using this technique to determine electrical conductivity and to directly observe pressure-induced molecular dissociation along the Hugoniot.

  4. Progress on the multipulse Thomson Scattering diagnostic on DIII-D

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    Stockdale, R.E.; Carlstrom, T.N.; Hsieh, C.L.; Makariou, C.C.

    1994-05-01

    The DIII-D Thomson scattering diagnostic, operational since 1990, uses 8 Nd: YAG 20 Hz lasers to measure electron temperature and density profiles (40 spatial points) throughout the plasma discharge. Recent progress has enabled a new set of operating modes to better fullfill varying plasma physics requirements. Custom circuitry for laser control (programmable with los precision) has successfully replaced a previous scheme which used real-time 68030 software. Two new modes of operation have been demonstrated. Burst Mode is useful to study a transient plasma event: a series of laser pulses axe fired at a rate {le}10 kHz after an external asynchronous event trigger. Burst Mode is also useful to synchronize the Thomson lasers with other systems, such as an asynchronous Michelson ECE diagnostic scanning near 40 Hz. Group Mode allows a programmed set of lasers to fire simultaneously into the same (65 nanosecond) data acquisition gate. Improved signal/noise then yields smaller statistical errors in the profile results. This provides profile data for lower density plasmas, such as those anticipated during fast wave current drive experiments. Plans for a new CCD-based laser alignment system for position monitoring and feedback control will also be presented.

  5. Status of the Thomson Scattering System Developed for Diagnostic Testing on the Helicon Plasma Experiment (HPX)*

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    Duke-Tinson, O.; James, R.; Nolan, S.; Page, E.; Paolino, R.; Romano, B.; Zuniga, J.; Schlank, C.; Lopez, M.; Karama, J.; Sherman, J.; Stutzman, B.

    2013-10-01

    HPX will utilize Electromagnetic Radiation Scattering to make internal plasma temperature and density point measurements. The United States Coast Guard Academy Plasma Laboratory's (CGAPL's) Thompson Scattering single spatial point system employs a 300 W CW YAG laser. We will use the internal temperature and density measurements in conjunction with the particle and spectral probes to track the plasmas transitions through the capacitive and inductive modes to ultimately reach the helicon mode. Once achieved, the system will be invaluable in making plasma quantitative temperature and density observations that will contribute to a comprehensive plasma profile. Most of the efforts thus far have been in the alignment and repair of the laser system. As this stage nears an end, efforts have begun to shift towards installing the aligned Thomson Scattering system (TS) into its permanent location, with mounted collection optics on HPX's top port. HPX will likely employ a polychrometer similar to the ones currently in use by HBTEP at Columbia University, for the spectral analysis of the scattered light. Data collected by the TS system will then be logged in real time by CGAPL's Data Acquisition (DAQ) system currently under construction. Further additions and progress of the TS alignment, installation, and calibration on HPX will be reported. Supported by U.S. DEPS Grant [HEL-JTO] PRWJFY12.

  6. X-ray Thomson scattering of warm dense matter on the Z-accelerator

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    Ao, Tommy; Harding, Eric; Bailey, James; Desjarlais, Michael; Hansen, Stephanie; Lemke, Raymond; Rochau, Gregory; Sinars, Daniel; Smith, Ian; Knudson, Marcus; Reneker, Joseph; Kernaghan, Matthew; Gregori, Gianluca

    2013-06-01

    Experiments on the Z-accelerator have demonstrated the ability to produce warm dense matter (WDM) states with unprecedented uniformity, duration, and size. Significant progress to combine x-ray Thomson scattering (XRTS), a powerful diagnostic for WDM, with the extreme environments created at Z has been accomplished. The large Z current is used to magnetically launch Al flyers to impact CH2 foam (0.12 g/cm3) . The uniformly-shocked CH2 volume is 5-10 mm3, and the steady shock phase lasts 10-100 ns, which are roughly 1500 & 100 times larger, respectively, than typical laser shocked samples. The Z-Beamlet laser irradiates a 5 μm thick Mn foil near the load to generate 6.181 keV Mn-He- α x-rays that penetrate into the WDM state and scatter from it. A new high sensitivity x-ray scattering spherical spectrometer (XRS3) with both high spatial (~75 μm) and spectral (E / ΔE ~ 1500) resolution is fielded that enables benchmark quality data by simultaneously measuring x-rays scattered from shocked and ambient regions of the CH2 foam, and the Mn x-ray source. SNL is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., for the U.S. Dept. of Energy's NNSA under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  7. X-ray Thomson Scattering using the Hybrid X-pinch X-ray Source

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    Hoyt, Cad; Pikuz, Sergei; Shelkovenko, Tania; Hammer, Dave

    2013-10-01

    Stringent photometric and bandwidth requirements have historically relegated X-ray Thomson scattering (XRTS) probe sources to high energy laser plasma sources or free electron lasers. Standard x-pinch configurations in which two or more fine wires cross and subtend an angle of about 30° forming an ``X'' between the anode and cathode of a pulsed power generatorcan produce extremely bright, subnanosecond bursts of continuum and line radiation from micron-scale sources. The hybrid x-pinch is a new configuration based on conical W-Cu alloy electrodes with a short 1-2 mm gap that is bridged by a fine wire resulting in an easier to load setup with improved performance characteristics. We explore the possibility of utilizing the hybid x-pinch as a novel XRTS probe source by examining certain spectral and temporal attributes of a range of materials in a hybrid x-pinch configuration on the XP (500 kA, 50 ns) and COBRA(1MA, 100ns) pulsed power generators. We find that a Ti hybrid x-pinch produces >1012 photons/sr in Ti He-alpha radiation and satisfies the noncollective scattering bandwidth requirement. Measurements of photon fluence, bandwidth and applicability to the relevant scattering regime and initial scattering results will be presented.

  8. Nonlinear relativistic single-electron Thomson scattering power spectrum for incoming laser of arbitrary intensity

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    Alvarez-Estrada, R. F.; Pastor, I.; Guasp, J.; Castejon, F.

    2012-06-15

    The classical nonlinear incoherent Thomson scattering power spectrum from a single relativistic electron with incoming laser radiation of any intensity, investigated numerically by the present authors in a previous publication, displayed both an approximate quadratic behavior in frequency and a redshift of the power spectrum for high intensity incoming radiation. The present work is devoted to justify, in a more general setup, those numerical findings. Those justifications are reinforced by extending suitably analytical approaches, as developed by other authors. Moreover, our analytical treatment exhibits differences between the Doppler-like frequencies for linear and circular polarization of the incoming radiation. Those differences depend nonlinearly on the laser intensity and on the electron initial velocity and do not appear to have been displayed by previous authors. Those Doppler-like frequencies and their differences are validated by new Monte Carlo computations beyond our previuos ones and reported here.

  9. Thomson scattering diagnostics of steady state and pulsed welding processes without and with metal vapor

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    Kühn-Kauffeldt, M.; Marqués, J.-L.; Schein, J.

    2015-01-01

    Thomson scattering is applied to measure temperature and density of electrons in the arc plasma of the direct current gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) process and pulsed gas metal arc welding (GMAW) process. This diagnostic technique allows to determine these plasma parameters independent from the gas composition and heavy particles temperature. The experimental setup is adapted to perform measurements on stationary as well as transient processes. Spatial and temporal electron temperature and density profiles of a pure argon arc in the case of the GTAW process and argon arc with the presence of aluminum metal vapor in the case of the GMAW process were obtained. Additionally the data is used to estimate the concentration of the metal vapor in the GMAW plasma.

  10. Time resolved Thomson scattering diagnostic of pulsed gas metal arc welding (GMAW) process

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    Kühn-Kauffeldt, M.; Marquès, J. L.; Schein, J.

    2014-11-01

    In this work a Thomson scattering diagnostic technique was applied to obtain time resolved electron temperature and density values during a gas metal arc welding (GMAW) process. The investigated GMAW process was run with aluminum wire (AlMg 4,5 Mn) with 1.2 mm diameter as a wire electrode, argon as a shielding gas and peak currents in the range of 400 A. Time resolved measurements could be achieved by triggering the laser pulse at shifted time positions with respect to the current pulse driving the process. Time evaluation of resulting electron temperatures and densities is used to investigate the state of the plasma in different phases of the current pulse and to determine the influence of the metal vapor and droplets on the plasma properties.

  11. Attosecond Thomson-scattering x-ray source driven by laser-based electron acceleration

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    Luo, W.; Zhuo, H. B.; Yu, T. P.; Ma, Y. Y.; Song, Y. M.; Zhu, Z. C.; Yu, M. Y.

    2013-10-21

    The possibility of producing attosecond x-rays through Thomson scattering of laser light off laser-driven relativistic electron beams is investigated. For a ≤200-as, tens-MeV electron bunch produced with laser ponderomotive-force acceleration in a plasma wire, exceeding 10{sup 6} photons/s in the form of ∼160 as pulses in the range of 3–300 keV are predicted, with a peak brightness of ≥5 × 10{sup 20} photons/(s mm{sup 2} mrad{sup 2} 0.1% bandwidth). Our study suggests that the physical scheme discussed in this work can be used for an ultrafast (attosecond) x-ray source, which is the most beneficial for time-resolved atomic physics, dubbed “attosecond physics.”.

  12. Thomson scattering measurement of a collimated plasma jet generated by a high-power laser system

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    Ishikawa, T.; Sakawa, Y.; Morita, T.; Yamaura, Y.; Kuramitsu, Y.; Moritaka, T.; Sano, T.; Shimoda, R.; Tomita, K.; Uchino, K.; Matsukiyo, S.; Mizuta, A.; Ohnishi, N.; Crowston, R.; Woolsey, N.; Doyle, H.; Gregori, G.; Koenig, M.; Michaut, C.; Pelka, A.; Yuan, D.; Li, Y.; Zhang, K.; Zhong, J.; Wang, F.; Takabe, H.

    2016-03-01

    One of the important and interesting problems in astrophysics and plasma physics is collimation of plasma jets. The collimation mechanism, which causes a plasma flow to propagate a long distance, has not been understood in detail. We have been investigating a model experiment to simulate astrophysical plasma jets with an external magnetic field [Nishio et al., EPJ. Web of Conferences 59, 15005 (2013)]. The experiment was performed by using Gekko XII HIPER laser system at Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University. We shot CH plane targets (3 mm × 3 mm × 10 μm) and observed rear-side plasma flows. A collimated plasma flow or plasma jet was generated by separating focal spots of laser beams. In this report, we measured plasma jet structure without an external magnetic field with shadowgraphy, and simultaneously measured the local parameters of the plasma jet, i.e., electron density, electron and ion temperatures, charge state, and drift velocity, with collective Thomson scattering.

  13. Note: Multi-pass Thomson scattering measurement on the TST-2 spherical tokamak.

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    Togashi, H; Ejiri, A; Hiratsuka, J; Nakamura, K; Takase, Y; Yamaguchi, T; Furui, H; Imamura, K; Inada, T; Kakuda, H; Nakanishi, A; Oosako, T; Shinya, T; Sonehara, M; Tsuda, S; Tsujii, N; Wakatsuki, T; Hasegawa, M; Nagashima, Y; Narihara, K; Yamada, I; Tojo, H

    2014-05-01

    In multi-pass Thomson scattering (TS) scheme, a laser pulse makes multiple round trips through the plasma, and the effective laser energy is enhanced, and we can increase the signal-to-noise ratio as a result. We have developed a coaxial optical cavity in which a laser pulse is confined, and we performed TS measurements using the coaxial cavity in tokamak plasmas for the first time. In the optical cavity, the laser energy attenuation was approximately 30% in each round trip, and we achieved a photon number gain of about 3 compared with that obtained in the first round trip. In addition, the temperature measurement accuracy was improved by accumulating the first three round trip waveforms. PMID:24880428

  14. Thomson scattering measurements in low-density plasmas in the TST-2 spherical tokamak

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    Togashi, H.; Ejiri, A.; Homma, H.; Shinya, T.; Takase, Y.; Toida, K.; Tsujii, N.; Yamaguchi, T.; Yoshida, Y.; Furui, H.; Sonehara, M.; Nakamura, K.; Takahashi, W.; Takeuchi, T.; Yajima, S.; Yamazaki, H.; Hasegawa, M.; Nagashima, Y.; Tojo, H.

    2015-12-01

    Thomson scattering (TS) diagnostics have been widely used in fusion studies to measure profiles of electron temperature Te and electron density ne. In order to measure the low-density plasmas (ne <= 1018 m-3) in TST-2, which is sustained by lower hybrid wave power, the signal-to-noise ratio in TS measurement has been improved by various means. For instance, optimization of the detecting system, accumulation of TS data obtained from reproducible discharges, and application of a coaxial multi-pass scheme were carried out. As a result, the profiles have been measured successfully and a peaked ne profile and a hollow Te profile were obtained. Additionally, isotropy of Te near the plasma center was confirmed by coaxial double-pass TS measurement.

  15. Radial Electron Temperature and Density Measurements Using Thomson Scattering System in GAMMA 10/PDX

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    Yoshikawa, M.; Ohta, K.; Wang, X.; Chikatsu, M.; Kohagura, J.; Shima, Y.; Sakamoto, M.; Imai, T.; Nakashima, Y.; Yasuhara, R.; Yamada, I.; Funaba, H.; Minami, T.

    2015-11-01

    A Thomson scattering (TS) system in GAMMA 10/PDX has been developed for the measurement of radial profiles of electron temperature and density in a single plasma and laser shot. The TS system has a large solid angle optical collection system and high-sensitivity signal detection system. The TS signals are obtained using four-channel high-speed digital oscilloscopes controlled by a Windows PC. We designed the acquisition program for six oscilloscopes to obtain 10-Hz TS signals in a single plasma shot, following which the time-dependent electron temperatures and densities can be determined. Moreover, in order to obtain larger TS signal intensity in the edge region, we added a second collection mirror. The radial electron temperatures and densities at six radial positions in GAMMA 10/PDX were successfully obtained.

  16. Initial implementation of a Thomson scattering diagnostic for Proto-MPEX.

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    Biewer, T M; Shaw, G

    2014-11-01

    Internal funds have been used at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to enable the initial installation of a laser based, Thomson scattering (TS) diagnostic on the prototype Material-Plasma Exposure eXperiment (Proto-MPEX). Since the funds are limited in amount and duration, the initial TS system has followed a low cost design and rapid implementation. This paper will discuss the design elements of the initial TS configuration on Proto-MPEX and issues encountered during installation. Avenues of response to system limitations will be discussed, along with considerations for further optimization. The laser system will undergo reconfiguration to enable additional project milestones, e.g., laser induced break-down spectroscopy. PMID:25430225

  17. Development of Thomson scattering system on Shenguang-III prototype laser facility.

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    Gong, Tao; Li, Zhichao; Jiang, Xiaohua; Ding, Yongkun; Yang, Dong; Wang, Zhebin; Wang, Fang; Li, Ping; Hu, Guangyue; Zhao, Bin; Liu, Shenye; Jiang, Shaoen; Zheng, Jian

    2015-02-01

    A Thomson scattering diagnostic system, using a 263 nm laser as the probe beam, is designed and implemented on Shenguang-III prototype laser facility. The probe beam is provided by an additional beam line completed recently. The diagnostic system allows simultaneous measurements of both ion feature and red-shifted electron feature from plasmas in a high-temperature (≥2 keV) and high-density (≥10(21) cm(-3)) regime. Delicate design is made to satisfy the requirements for successful detection of the electron feature. High-quality ion feature spectra have already been diagnosed via this system in recent experiments with gas-filled hohlraums. PMID:25725836

  18. Elevation angle alignment of quasi optical receiver mirrors of collective Thomson scattering diagnostic by sawtooth measurements

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    Moseev, D.; Meo, F.; Korsholm, S. B.; Leipold, F.; Michelsen, P. K.; Nielsen, S. K.; Salewski, M.; Stejner, M.; Bindslev, H.; Furtula, V.; Kantor, M.

    2012-10-15

    Localized measurements of the fast ion velocity distribution function and the plasma composition measurements are of significant interest for the fusion community. Collective Thomson scattering (CTS) diagnostics allow such measurements with spatial and temporal resolution. Localized measurements require a good alignment of the optical path in the transmission line. Monitoring the alignment during the experiment greatly benefits the confidence in the CTS measurements. An in situ technique for the assessment of the elevation angle alignment of the receiver is developed. Using the CTS diagnostic on TEXTOR without a source of probing radiation in discharges with sawtooth oscillations, an elevation angle misalignment of 0.9 Degree-Sign was found with an accuracy of 0.25 Degree-Sign .

  19. Measurement of electron temperature and density in an argon microdischarge by laser Thomson scattering

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    Belostotskiy, Sergey G.; Khandelwal, Rahul; Wang Qiang; Donnelly, Vincent M.; Economou, Demetre J.; Sadeghi, Nader

    2008-06-02

    Laser Thomson scattering in a novel, backscattered configuration was employed to measure the electron temperature (T{sub e}) and electron density (n{sub e}) in argon dc microdischarges, with an interelectrode gap of 600 {mu}m. Measurements were performed at the center of the gap that corresponds to the positive column. For 50 mA microdischarge current and over the pressure range of 300-700 Torr, the plasma parameters were found to be T{sub e}=0.9{+-}0.3 eV and n{sub e}=(6{+-}3)x10{sup 13} cm{sup -3}, in reasonable agreement with the predictions of a mathematical model.

  20. Note: Multi-pass Thomson scattering measurement on the TST-2 spherical tokamak

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    Togashi, H. Ejiri, A.; Hiratsuka, J.; Nakamura, K.; Takase, Y.; Yamaguchi, T.; Furui, H.; Imamura, K.; Inada, T.; Kakuda, H.; Nakanishi, A.; Oosako, T.; Shinya, T.; Sonehara, M.; Tsuda, S.; Tsujii, N.; Wakatsuki, T.; Hasegawa, M.; Nagashima, Y.; Narihara, K.; and others

    2014-05-15

    In multi-pass Thomson scattering (TS) scheme, a laser pulse makes multiple round trips through the plasma, and the effective laser energy is enhanced, and we can increase the signal-to-noise ratio as a result. We have developed a coaxial optical cavity in which a laser pulse is confined, and we performed TS measurements using the coaxial cavity in tokamak plasmas for the first time. In the optical cavity, the laser energy attenuation was approximately 30% in each round trip, and we achieved a photon number gain of about 3 compared with that obtained in the first round trip. In addition, the temperature measurement accuracy was improved by accumulating the first three round trip waveforms.

  1. Laser system for high resolution Thomson scattering diagnostics on the COMPASS tokamak

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    Bohm, P.; Sestak, D.; Bilkova, P.; Aftanas, M.; Weinzettl, V.; Hron, M.; Panek, R.; Dunstan, M. R.; Naylor, G.

    2010-10-15

    A new Thomson scattering diagnostic has been designed and is currently being installed on the COMPASS tokamak in IPP Prague in the Czech Republic. The requirements for this system are very stringent with approximately 3 mm spatial resolution at the plasma edge. A critical part of this diagnostic is the laser source. To achieve the specified parameters, a multilaser solution is utilized. Two 30 Hz 1.5 J Nd:YAG laser systems, used at the fundamental wavelength of 1064 nm, are located outside the tokamak area at a distance of 20 m from the tokamak. The design of the laser beam transport path is presented. The approach leading to a final choice of optimal focusing optics is given. As well as the beam path to the tokamak, a test path of the same optical length was built. Performance tests of the laser system carried out using the test path are described.

  2. Numerical simulation for all-optical Thomson scattering X-ray source

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    Tan, Fang; Zhu, Bin; Han, Dan; Xin, Jian-Ting; Zhao, Zong-Qing; Cao, Lei-Feng; Gu, Yu-Qiu; Zhang, Bao-Han

    2014-03-01

    Energy spectra, angular distributions, and temporal profiles of the photons produced by an all-optical Thomson scattering X-ray source are explored through numerical simulations based on the parameters of the SILEX-I laser system (800 nm, 30 fs, 300 TW) and the previous wakefield acceleration experimental results. The simulation results show that X-ray pulses with a duration of 30 fs and an emission angle of 50 mrad can be produced from such a source. Using the optimized electron parameters, X-ray pulses with better directivity and narrower energy spectra can be obtained. Besides the electron parameters, the laser parameters such as the wavelength, pulse duration, and spot size also affect the X-ray yield, the angular distribution, and the maximum photon energy, except the X-ray pulse duration which is slightly changed for the case of ultrafast laser—electron interaction.

  3. Development of Thomson scattering system on Shenguang-III prototype laser facility

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    Gong, Tao; Li, Zhichao; Jiang, Xiaohua; Ding, Yongkun Yang, Dong; Wang, Zhebin; Wang, Fang; Li, Ping; Liu, Shenye; Jiang, Shaoen; Hu, Guangyue; Zhao, Bin; Zheng, Jian

    2015-02-15

    A Thomson scattering diagnostic system, using a 263 nm laser as the probe beam, is designed and implemented on Shenguang-III prototype laser facility. The probe beam is provided by an additional beam line completed recently. The diagnostic system allows simultaneous measurements of both ion feature and red-shifted electron feature from plasmas in a high-temperature (≥2 keV) and high-density (≥10{sup 21} cm{sup −3}) regime. Delicate design is made to satisfy the requirements for successful detection of the electron feature. High-quality ion feature spectra have already been diagnosed via this system in recent experiments with gas-filled hohlraums.

  4. Thomson Scattering and Spectroscopy Diagnostics for Low Frequency Turbulence Produced in Dual-wire Implosions

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    Plechaty, Christopher; Hamilton, Andy; Main, Daniel; Zechar, Nate; Sotnikov, Vladimir

    2015-11-01

    Low frequency plasma turbulence can be driven by the presence of inhomogeneity in density, temperature, magnetic field, or by velocity shear. Low Frequency instabilities can play an important role in many different types of processes, such as magnetic reconnection, plasma structuring in the ionosphere's F-layer, structuring of laser-produced plasmas in external magnetic field, and anomalous diffusion processes in theta-pinch and Z-pinch plasmas. We plan to carry out experiments at the Air Force Research Laboratory using a pulsed power generator to study two-wire implosions and the generation of the Lower-Hybrid Drift Instability in the vicinity of the reconnection region. In this work, we develop the Thomson scattering and visible spectroscopy diagnostics that will be ultimately used to characterize the plasma in these types of experiments. Work was performed under the auspices of the Air Force Research Laboratory by Riverside Research, under contract BAA-RQKS-2014-0009.

  5. Construction of a Pulse-Burst Laser System for Fast Thomson Scattering on the MST RFP

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    den Hartog, D. J.

    2007-11-01

    A ``pulse-burst'' laser system is being constructed for addition to the Thomson scattering diagnostic on the MST RFP. This laser will produce a burst of up to 200 approximately 1 J Q-switched pulses at repetition frequencies 5-250 kHz. This laser system will operate at 1064 nm and is a master oscillator, power amplifier (MOPA). The master oscillator is a compact diode-pumped vanadate laser, intermediate amplifier stages are flashlamp-pumped Nd:YAG, and final stage(s) will be flashlamp-pumped Nd:glass (silicate). The burst train of laser pulses will enable the study of Te and ne dynamics in a single MST shot, and with ensembling, will enable correlation of Te and ne fluctuations with other fluctuating quantities.

  6. Pulse-burst laser systems for fast Thomson scattering (invited)a)

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    Den Hartog, D. J.; Ambuel, J. R.; Borchardt, M. T.; Falkowski, A. F.; Harris, W. S.; Holly, D. J.; Parke, E.; Reusch, J. A.; Robl, P. E.; Stephens, H. D.; Yang, Y. M.

    2010-10-01

    Two standard commercial flashlamp-pumped Nd:YAG (YAG denotes yttrium aluminum garnet) lasers have been upgraded to "pulse-burst" capability. Each laser produces a burst of up to 15 2 J Q-switched pulses (1064 nm) at repetition rates of 1-12.5 kHz. Variable pulse-width drive (0.15-0.39 ms) of the flashlamps is accomplished by insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) switching of electrolytic capacitor banks. Direct control of the laser Pockels cell drive enables optimal pulse energy extraction, and up to four 2 J laser pulses during one flashlamp pulse. These lasers are used in the Thomson scattering plasma diagnostic system on the MST reversed-field pinch to record the dynamic evolution of the electron temperature profile and temperature fluctuations. To further these investigations, a custom pulse-burst laser system with a maximum pulse repetition rate of 250 kHz is now being commissioned.

  7. Thomson-Scattering Study of the Subharmonic Decay of Ion-Acoustic Waves Driven by the Brillouin Instability

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    Bandulet, H. C.; Labaune, C.; Lewis, K.; Depierreux, S.

    2004-07-01

    Thomson scattering (TS) has been used to investigate the two-ion decay instability of ion acoustic waves generated by stimulated Brillouin scattering in an underdense CH plasma. Two complementary TS diagnostics, spectrally and spatially resolved, demonstrate the occurrence of the subharmonic decay of the primary ion acoustic wave into two secondary waves. The study of the laser intensity dependence shows that the secondary ion acoustic waves are correlated with the SBS reflectivity saturation, at a level of a few percent.

  8. Thomson scattering measurements of ion interpenetration in cylindrically converging, supersonic magnetized plasma flows

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    Swadling, George

    2015-11-01

    Ion interpenetration driven by high velocity plasma collisions is an important phenomenon in high energy density environments such as the interiors of ICF vacuum hohlraums and fast z-pinches. The presence of magnetic fields frozen into these colliding flows further complicates the interaction dynamics. This talk focuses on an experimental investigation of ion interpenetration in collisions between cylindrically convergent, supersonic, magnetized flows (M ~10, Vflow ~ 100km/s, ni ~ 1017cm-3) . The flows used in this study were plasma ablation streams produced by tungsten wire array z-pinches, driven by the 1.4MA, 240ns Magpie facility at Imperial College, and diagnosed using a combination of optical Thomson scattering, Faraday rotation and interferometry. Optical Thomson scattering (TS) provides time-resolved measurements of local flow velocity and plasma temperature across multiple (7 to 14) spatial positions. TS spectra are recorded simultaneously from multiple directions with respect to the probing beam, resulting in separate measurements of the rates of transverse diffusion and slowing-down of the ion velocity distribution. The measurements demonstrate flow interpenetration through the array axis at early time, and also show an axial deflection of the ions towards the anode. This deflection is induced by a toroidal magnetic field (~ 10T), frozen into the plasma that accumulates near the axis. Measurements obtained later in time show a change in the dynamics of the stream interactions, transitioning towards a collisional, shock-like interaction of the streams, and rapid radial collapse of the magnetized plasma column. The quantitative nature of the spatial profiles of the density, flow velocities and ion temperatures measured in these experiments will allow detailed verification of MHD and PIC codes used by the HEDP community. Work Supported by EPSRC (Grant No. EP/G001324/1), DOE (Cooperative Agreement Nos. DE-F03-02NA00057 & DE-SC-0001063) & Sandia National

  9. Average-atom treatment of relaxation time in x-ray Thomson scattering from warm dense matter

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    Johnson, W. R.; Nilsen, J.

    2016-03-01

    The influence of finite relaxation times on Thomson scattering from warm dense plasmas is examined within the framework of the average-atom approximation. Presently most calculations use the collision-free Lindhard dielectric function to evaluate the free-electron contribution to the Thomson cross section. In this work, we use the Mermin dielectric function, which includes relaxation time explicitly. The relaxation time is evaluated by treating the average atom as an impurity in a uniform electron gas and depends critically on the transport cross section. The calculated relaxation rates agree well with values inferred from the Ziman formula for the static conductivity and also with rates inferred from a fit to the frequency-dependent conductivity. Transport cross sections determined by the phase-shift analysis in the average-atom potential are compared with those evaluated in the commonly used Born approximation. The Born approximation converges to the exact cross sections at high energies; however, differences that occur at low energies lead to corresponding differences in relaxation rates. The relative importance of including relaxation time when modeling x-ray Thomson scattering spectra is examined by comparing calculations of the free-electron dynamic structure function for Thomson scattering using Lindhard and Mermin dielectric functions. Applications are given to warm dense Be plasmas, with temperatures ranging from 2 to 32 eV and densities ranging from 2 to 64 g/cc.

  10. Quantitative evaluation of the effect of multiphoton ionization in laser Thomson scattering diagnostics of low-temperature plasmas

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    Kono, Akihiro; Matsuda, Yukitaka; Okada, Ken; Aramaki, Mitsutoshi

    2011-10-01

    Laser Thomson scattering technique allows one very high spatial-resolution measurements of electron density and temperature as required in diagnostics of microplasmas or measurement of regions very close to the wall. In such high-resolution measurements, laser energy density in the scattering volume must be very high for obtaining sufficient amount of scattering photons; therefore, electron production via multiphoton ionization by the laser beam may significantly affect Thomson scattering due to plasma electrons. In order to clarify the effect of multiphoton ionization in Thomson scattering diagnostics, we have been measuring absolute efficiency of multiphoton ionization caused by frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser for various gases including rare gases, N2, O2, CF4 and SF6. It has been found that electrons produced via multiphoton ionization can reach a significant fraction of plasma electrons even at low pressures, depending on the gas species and laser focusing conditions. Details will be given in the presentation, including simulation results about how the escape of photoelectrons from the scattering volume affects the situation.

  11. First results of electron temperature measurements by the use of multi-pass Thomson scattering system in GAMMA 10

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    Yoshikawa, M. Nagasu, K.; Shimamura, Y.; Shima, Y.; Kohagura, J.; Sakamoto, M.; Nakashima, Y.; Imai, T.; Ichimura, M.; Yasuhara, R.; Yamada, I.; Funaba, H.; Kawahata, K.; Minami, T.

    2014-11-15

    A multi-pass Thomson scattering (TS) has the advantage of enhancing scattered signals. We constructed a multi-pass TS system for a polarisation-based system and an image relaying system modelled on the GAMMA 10 TS system. We undertook Raman scattering experiments both for the multi-pass setting and for checking the optical components. Moreover, we applied the system to the electron temperature measurements in the GAMMA 10 plasma for the first time. The integrated scattering signal was magnified by approximately three times by using the multi-pass TS system with four passes. The electron temperature measurement accuracy is improved by using this multi-pass system.

  12. Ultrafast K-(alpha) X-ray Thomson Scattering from Shock Compressed Lithium Hydride

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    Kritcher, A L; Neumayer, P; Castor, J; Doeppner, T; Falcone, R W; Landen, O L; Lee, H J; Lee, R W; Holst, B; Redmer, R; Morse, E C; Ng, A; Pollaine, S; Price, D; Glenzer, S H

    2008-12-10

    Spectrally and temporally resolved x ray Thomson scattering using ultrafast Ti K-{alpha} x-rays has provided experimental validation for modeling of the compression and heating of shocked matter. The coalescence of two shocks launched into a solid density LiH target by a shaped 6 nanosecond heater beam was observed from rapid heating to temperatures of 2.2 eV, enabling tests of shock timing models. Here, the temperature evolution of the target at various times during shock progression was characterized from the intensity of the elastic scattering component. The observation of scattering from plasmons, electron plasma oscillations, at shock coalescence indicates a transition to a dense metallic plasma state in LiH. From the frequency shift of the measured plasmon feature the electron density was directly determined with high accuracy, providing a material compression of a factor of three times solid density. The quality of data achieved in these experiments demonstrates the capability for single-shot dynamic characterization of dense shock compressed matter. The conditions probed in this experiment are relevant for the study of the physics of planetary formation and to characterize inertial confinement fusion targets for experiments such as on the National Ignition Facility (NIF), LLNL.

  13. An optical design and accuracy estimation for a JT-60SA edge Thomson scattering diagnostic

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    Tojo, H.; Hatae, T.; Hamano, T.; Sakuma, T.; Itami, K.

    2013-12-01

    This paper presents the design of a collection optics used for the Thomson scattering diagnostic in JT-60SA. Good spatial resolution ( ~ 10mm) is necessary for the optics to measure detailed profiles of electron temperature (Te) and density (ne) in the plasma edge region. Six lenses forming a Petzval-like lens are employed in this design. The use of an anomalous dispersion glass material for two lenses suppresses severe chromatic aberration; two flat mirrors prevent interference with the port plug in which the collection optics is to be installed. The resultant spot radius (resolution) at the image for the peripheral region is approximately 0.2 mm. When another collection optics previously designed for core measurements is used simultaneously, the angle of laser polarization must be considered because the two collection optics are to be installed in different port-plugs accessing the vacuum vessel from the cryostat. Otherwise, the measured signal would be degraded, and the scattered spectra would be different from the expected ones. This paper evaluates the scattered spectra with relativistic effects without any approximations. This paper also provides a means to optimize the polarization angle by considering a simulated profile in JT-60SA and contributes to future devices that have limited space for collection optics.

  14. X-ray Thomson Scattering for measuring Dense Beryllium Plasma Collisionality

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    Doppner, T; Fortmann, C; Davis, P F; Kritcher, A L; Landen, O L; Lee, H J; Redmer, R; Regan, S P; Glenzer, S H

    2009-10-22

    We are developing a target platform that utilizes short-pulse (10 ps) generated hot electrons ({approx}1 MeV) to isochorically heat solid density beryllium up to several 10 eV. X-ray Thomson scattering is employed to characterize the plasma conditions. X-rays from a Cl Ly-{alpha} line source at 2.96 keV are scattered off the plasma in forward direction where the inelastically scattered signal is sensitive to plasma oscillations. Besides Landau-damping the strong energy down-shifted plasmon signal is also broadened by collisions which, in turn, allows to infer the collision rate and thus the conductivity in these plasmas. Recently, we demonstrated that from the ratio of the energy up-shifted to the down-shifted plasmon signals the plasma temperature can be inferred from the detailed balance relation which is based on first principles. Thus from the Plasmon shift and detailed balance we will be able to consistently determine plasma density and temperature, and relate this to the collisionality inferred from the Plasmon broadening. A precise knowledge of the collisionality in the parameter regime we are aiming at with these experiments is important to correctly model the conditions encountered during capsule implosions at the National Ignition Facility.

  15. Diagnosing Pulsed Power Produced Plasmas with X-ray Thomson Scattering at the Nevada Terawatt Facility

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    Valenzuela, J. C.; Krauland, C.; Mariscal, D.; Krasheninnikov, I.; Beg, F. N.; Wiewior, P.; Covington, A.; Presura, R.; Ma, T.; Niemann, C.; Mabey, P.; Gregori, G.

    2015-11-01

    We present experimental results on X-ray Thomson scattering (XRTS) at the Nevada Terawatt Facility (NTF) to study current driven plasmas. Using the Leopard laser, ~ 30 J and pulse width of 0.8 ns, we generated He- α emission (4.75 keV) from a thin Ti foil. Initial parameter scans showed that the optimum intensity is ~ 1015W/cm2 with a foil thickness of 2 μm for forward X-ray production. Bandwidth measurements of the source, using a HAPG crystal in the Von Hamos configuration, were found to be ΔE/E ~ 0.01. Giving the scattering angle of our experimental setup of 129 degrees and X-ray probing energy, the non-collective regime was accessed. The ZEBRA load was a 3 mm wide, 500 μm thick, and 10 mm long graphite foil, placed at one of the six current return posts. Estimates of the plasma temperature, density and ionization state were made by fitting the scattering spectra with dynamic structure factor calculations based on the random phase approximation for the treatment of charged particle coupling. The work was partially funded by the Department of Energy grant number DE-NA0001995.

  16. Commissioning activities and first results from the collective Thomson scattering diagnostic on ASDEX Upgrade (invited)

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    Meo, F.; Bindslev, H.; Korsholm, S. B.; Furtula, V.; Leipold, F.; Michelsen, P. K.; Nielsen, S. K.; Salewski, M.; Leuterer, F.; Woskov, P.; Stober, J.; Wagner, D.

    2008-10-15

    The collective Thomson scattering (CTS) diagnostic installed on ASDEX Upgrade uses millimeter waves generated by the newly installed 1 MW dual frequency gyrotron as probing radiation at 105 GHz. It measures backscattered radiation with a heterodyne receiver having 50 channels (between 100 and 110 GHz) to resolve the one-dimensional velocity distribution of the confined fast ions. The steerable antennas will allow different scattering geometries to fully explore the anisotropic fast ion distributions at different spatial locations. This paper covers the capabilities and operational limits of the diagnostic. It then describes the commissioning activities carried out to date. These activities include gyrotron studies, transmission line alignment, and beam pattern measurements in the vacuum vessel. Overlap experiments in near perpendicular and near parallel have confirmed the successful alignment of the system. First results in near perpendicular of scattered spectra in a neutral beam injection (NBI) and ion cyclotron resonance heating (ICRH) plasma (minority hydrogen) on ASDEX Upgrade have shown evidence of ICRH heating phase of hydrogen.

  17. Commissioning activities and first results from the collective Thomson scattering diagnostic on ASDEX Upgrade (invited).

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    Meo, F; Bindslev, H; Korsholm, S B; Furtula, V; Leuterer, F; Leipold, F; Michelsen, P K; Nielsen, S K; Salewski, M; Stober, J; Wagner, D; Woskov, P

    2008-10-01

    The collective Thomson scattering (CTS) diagnostic installed on ASDEX Upgrade uses millimeter waves generated by the newly installed 1 MW dual frequency gyrotron as probing radiation at 105 GHz. It measures backscattered radiation with a heterodyne receiver having 50 channels (between 100 and 110 GHz) to resolve the one-dimensional velocity distribution of the confined fast ions. The steerable antennas will allow different scattering geometries to fully explore the anisotropic fast ion distributions at different spatial locations. This paper covers the capabilities and operational limits of the diagnostic. It then describes the commissioning activities carried out to date. These activities include gyrotron studies, transmission line alignment, and beam pattern measurements in the vacuum vessel. Overlap experiments in near perpendicular and near parallel have confirmed the successful alignment of the system. First results in near perpendicular of scattered spectra in a neutral beam injection (NBI) and ion cyclotron resonance heating (ICRH) plasma (minority hydrogen) on ASDEX Upgrade have shown evidence of ICRH heating phase of hydrogen. PMID:19044487

  18. Application of advanced millimeter/far-infrared sources to collective Thomson scattering plasma diagnostics

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    Woskoboinikow, P.; Cohn, D.R.; Temkin, R.J.

    1983-01-01

    The application of advanced millimeter/far infrared sources to substantially improve the effectiveness of collective Thomson scattering plasma diagnostics is discussed. Gyrotrons, CO/sub 2/ lasers and far infrared lasers which are optically pumped with CO/sub 2/ laser radiation can now provide important new capabilities in terms of combined high peak power and high average power, fine frequency tunability and a wide range of operating frequencies. Their capabilities can improve the signal to noise ratio and make possible time dependent scattering measurements. Both thermal level scattering used for determination of ion temperature and low level non-thermal measurements used for the investigation of plasma turbulence and wave phenomena are considered. Rapidly pulsed gyrotrons, CO/sub 2/, and optically pumped lasers can provide a range of combinations of high peak power and high energy during a given time interval. The use of this high peak power - high energy trade off capability to maximize signal to noise ratios is discussed. Dramatic reduction in stray light, using fine frequency source tunability and gas absorption cell technology, is also discussed.

  19. Measurements of Relativistic Effects in Collective Thomson Scattering at Electron Temperatures less than 1 keV

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    Ross, James Steven

    2010-01-01

    Simultaneous scattering from electron-plasma waves and ion-acoustic waves is used to measure local laser-produced plasma parameters with high spatiotemporal resolution including electron temperature and density, average charge state, plasma flow velocity, and ion temperature. In addition, the first measurements of relativistic modifications in the collective Thomson scattering spectrum from thermal electron-plasma fluctuations are presented [1]. Due to the high phase velocity of electron-plasma fluctuations, relativistic effects are important even at low electron temperatures (Te < 1 keV). These effects have been observed experimentally and agree well with a relativistic treatment of the Thomson scattering form factor [2]. The results are important for the interpretation of scattering measurements from laser produced plasmas. Thomson scattering measurements are used to characterize the hydrodynamics of a gas jet plasma which is the foundation for a broad series of laser-plasma interaction studies [3, 4, 5, 6]. The temporal evolution of the electron temperature, density and ion temperature are measured. The measured electron density evolution shows excellent agreement with a simple adiabatic expansion model. The effects of high temperatures on coupling to hohlraum targets is discussed [7]. A peak electron temperature of 12 keV at a density of 4.7 × 1020cm-3 are measured 200 μm outside the laser entrance hole using a two-color Thomson scattering method we developed in gas jet plasmas [8]. These measurements are used to assess laser-plasma interactions that reduce laser hohlraum coupling and can significantly reduce the hohlraum radiation temperature.

  20. Updates on the Optical Emission Spectroscopy and Thomson Scattering Investigations on the Helicon Plasma Experiment (HPX)

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    Duke-Tinson, Omar; Karama, Jackson; Azzari, Phillip; Royce, James; Page, Eric; Schlank, Carter; Sherman, Justin; Stutzman, Brooke; Zuniga, Jonathan

    2014-10-01

    HPX at the Coast Guard Academy Plasma Laboratory (CGAPL) have set up spectral probes to verify plasma mode transitions to the W-mode. These optical probes utilize movable filters, and ccd cameras to gather data at selected spectral frequency bands. Raw data collected will be used to measure the plasma's relative density, temperature, structure, and behavior during experiments. Direct measurements of the plasma's properties can be determined through modeling and by comparison with the state transition tables, using Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES). The spectral probes will take advantage of HPX's magnetic field structure to define and measure the plasma's radiation temp as a function of time and space. In addition, the Thomson Scattering (TS) device will measure internal temperature and density data as the HPX plasma transitions through capacitive and inductive modes while developing into helicon plasma. Currently CGAPL is focused on building its laser beam transport and scattered light collection optical systems. Recently, HPX has acquired an Andor ICCD spectrometer for the spectral analysis. Data collected by the TS system will be logged in real time by CGAPL's Data Acquisition (DAQ) system with LabView remote access. Further progress on HPX will be reported. Supported by U.S. DEPS Grant [HEL-JTO] PRWJFY13.

  1. Thomson Scattering from Electron Plasma Waves in a Raman Plasma Amplifier

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    Davies, A.; Haberberger, D.; Bromage, J.; Zuegel, J. D.; Froula, D. H.; Trines, R.; Bingham, R.; Sadler, J.; Norreys, P. A.; Silva, L. O.

    2015-11-01

    Electron plasma waves (EPW's) can be used to transfer significant energy from a long-pulse laser to a short-seed pulse. Raman amplification has the potential to amplify intense pulses beyond the capabilities of current laser technology (~1022 W/cm2) because of the plasma's ability to sustain large-amplitude plasma waves. Having complete knowledge of the EPW amplitude is essential to establishing optimal parameters for efficient Raman amplification. With Thomson scattering it is possible to measure the spatial and temporal distribution of the EPW amplitude and experimentally determine the effect of the EPW profile on Raman scattering. Moving beyond the initial proof-of-principal experiments at the submillijoule level, to amplifying a 75-mJ, 100-fs seed with a 75-J pump has the potential to produce PW-scale laser pulses with Raman amplification. This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration under Award Number DE-NA0001944.

  2. Design and Study of the Observation Optics for the Thomson Scattering Planned at Wendelstein 7-X

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    Cantarini, J.; Knauer, J. P.; Pasch, E.

    2008-03-19

    The main aim of the Thomson scattering system is the measurement of electron temperature and density profiles with high time and spatial resolution. To cover the whole laser beam line (1.6 m) through the plasma cross section, two ports are provided for the observation optics, which image the scattering volumes (each with 28 mm length and 9 mm diameter) onto fiber bundles. The observation optics are important components of the diagnostic set-up, because their imaging properties determine the spectral and spatial resolution of the whole system. Therefore the design of the optics must be optimized according to the geometrical constrains of the observation ports in terms of position and dimensions. To optimize this optical engineering, the commercial ZEMAX program is used. The composition of the optical system is elaborated to minimize losses of collected light with wavelength from 700 nm up to 1064 nm. Environmental criteria (e.g. neutrons, ECR plasma heating and temperature) will be considered choosing optical materials. First results of calculations will be presented.

  3. Synoptic maps for the heliospheric Thomson scattering brightness as observed by the Helios photometers

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    Hick, P.; Jackson, B. V.; Schwenn, R.

    1991-01-01

    A method for displaying the electron Thomson scattering intensity in the inner heliosphere as observed by the zodiacal light photometers on board the Helios spacecraft in the form of synoptic maps is presented. The method is based on the assumption that the bulk of the scattering electrons along the line of sight is located near the point closest to the sun. Inner-heliospheric structures will generally be represented properly in these synoptic maps only if they are sufficiently long-lived (that is, a significant fraction of a solar rotation period). The examples of Helios synoptic maps discussed (from data in April 1976 and November 1978), indicate that it is possible to identify large-scale, long-lived density enhancements in the inner heliosphere. It is expected that the Helios synoptic maps will be particularly useful in the study of corotating structures (e.g., streamers), and the maps will be most reliable during periods when few transient featurs are present in the corona, i.e., during solar minimum.

  4. Antenna design for fast ion collective Thomson scattering diagnostic for the international thermonuclear experimental reactor.

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    Leipold, F; Furtula, V; Salewski, M; Bindslev, H; Korsholm, S B; Meo, F; Michelsen, P K; Moseev, D; Nielsen, S K; Stejner, M

    2009-09-01

    Fast ion physics will play an important role for the international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER), where confined alpha particles will affect and be affected by plasma dynamics and thereby have impacts on the overall confinement. A fast ion collective Thomson scattering (CTS) diagnostic using gyrotrons operated at 60 GHz will meet the requirements for spatially and temporally resolved measurements of the velocity distributions of confined fast alphas in ITER by evaluating the scattered radiation (CTS signal). While a receiver antenna on the low field side of the tokamak, resolving near perpendicular (to the magnetic field) velocity components, has been enabled, an additional antenna on the high field side (HFS) would enable measurements of near parallel (to the magnetic field) velocity components. A compact design solution for the proposed mirror system on the HFS is presented. The HFS CTS antenna is located behind the blankets and views the plasma through the gap between two blanket modules. The viewing gap has been modified to dimensions 30x500 mm(2) to optimize the CTS signal. A 1:1 mock-up of the HFS mirror system was built. Measurements of the beam characteristics for millimeter-waves at 60 GHz used in the mock-up agree well with the modeling. PMID:19791936

  5. Design and operation of the multipulse Thomson scattering diagnostic on DIII-D

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    Carlstrom, T.N.; Campbell, G.L.; DeBoo, J.C.; Evanko, R.; Greenfield, C.M.; Haskovec, J.; Hsieh, C.L.; McKee, E.; Snider, R.T.; Stockdale, R.; Trost, P.K.; Thomas, M.P.; Evans, J.

    1992-03-01

    This paper describes the design and operation of a 40 spatial channel Thomson scattering system that uses multiple 20 Hz Nd:YAG lasers to measure the electron temperature and density profiles periodically throughout an entire plasma discharge. As many as eight lasers may be fired alternately for an average measurement frequency of 160 Hz, or they may be fired in rapid succession (< 10 kHz), producing a burst of pulses for measuring transient events. The high spatial resolution (1.3 cm) and wide dynamic range (10 eV to 20 keV) enable this system to resolve large electron density and temperature gradients formed at the plasma edge and in the scrape-off-layer during H-mode operation. These features provide a formidable tool for studying L-H transitions, edge localized modes (ELMs), beta limits, transport, and disruptions in an efficient manner suitable for large tokamak operation where shot-to-shot scans are impractical. The scattered light is dispersed by interference filter polychromators and detected by silicon avalanche photodiodes. Laser control and data acquisition are performed in real-time by a VME based microcomputer. Data analysis is performed by a MicroVAX 3400. Additional features of this system include real-time analysis capability, full statistical treatment of error bars based on the measured background light, and laser beam quality and alignment monitoring during plasma operation. Results of component testing, calibration, plasma operation, and error analysis are presented.

  6. Vibration analysis of the Thomson Scattering diagnostics optical transmission system on EAST tokamak

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    Shao, Chunqiang; Zang, Qing; Zhao, Junyu; Hu, Ailan; Han, Xiaofeng; Chen, Hui; He, Liangliang; Wang, Tengfei

    2014-09-01

    A series of vibration source from the EAST tokamak complicated experimental environment would result in the laser path misalignment and the collected scattered laser signal attenuation, which leads to a measurement error of the Thomson Scattering (TS) diagnostics system. Two methods have been designed for the vibration analysis of the TS diagnostics optical transmission system, a passive one and an active one. The optical transmission system contains of a double deck optical table with 4 reflectors and a photon collection system. The vibration analysis includes 4 points of reflectors along the laser path, 1 point of the photon collection system, and the ground of EAST experimental hall. The passive method used a vibration spectrum analyzer and 7 vertical speed sensors measuring the standard deviation of the vibration noise, which refers to the virtual value of vibration, and a data analysis system. The active method used a hammer to simulate the vibration source of the experimental hall ground, and 15 accelerometers to measure the three-dimensional vibration spectrum of 5 points along the optical transmission system. The vibration isolation efficiency (IE) of the optical transmission system has been presented, and the vibration asynchrony of the 5 points also has been observed. The results of two methods are comparatively studied, and the active one is considered to be more credible.

  7. Design and performance of the collective Thomson scattering receiver at ASDEX Upgrade.

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    Furtula, V; Salewski, M; Leipold, F; Michelsen, P K; Korsholm, S B; Meo, F; Moseev, D; Nielsen, S K; Stejner, M; Johansen, T

    2012-01-01

    Here we present the design of the fast-ion collective Thomson scattering receiver for millimeter wave radiation installed at ASDEX Upgrade, a tokamak for fusion plasma experiments. The receiver can detect spectral power densities of a few eV against the electron cyclotron emission background on the order of 100 eV under presence of gyrotron stray radiation that is several orders of magnitude stronger than the signal to be detected. The receiver down converts the frequencies of scattered radiation (100-110 GHz) to intermediate frequencies (IF) (4.5-14.5 GHz) by heterodyning. The IF signal is divided into 50 IF channels tightly spaced in frequency space. The channels are terminated by square-law detector diodes that convert the signal power into DC voltages. We present measurements of the transmission characteristics and performance of the main receiver components operating at mm-wave frequencies (notch, bandpass, and lowpass filters, a voltage-controlled variable attenuator, and an isolator), the down-converter unit, and the IF components (amplifiers, bandpass filters, and detector diodes). Furthermore, we determine the performance of the receiver as a unit through spectral response measurements and find reasonable agreement with the expectation based on the individual component measurements. PMID:22299951

  8. Design and performance of the collective Thomson scattering receiver at ASDEX Upgrade

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    Furtula, V.; Salewski, M.; Leipold, F.; Michelsen, P. K.; Korsholm, S. B.; Meo, F.; Moseev, D.; Nielsen, S. K.; Stejner, M.; Johansen, T.

    2012-01-15

    Here we present the design of the fast-ion collective Thomson scattering receiver for millimeter wave radiation installed at ASDEX Upgrade, a tokamak for fusion plasma experiments. The receiver can detect spectral power densities of a few eV against the electron cyclotron emission background on the order of 100 eV under presence of gyrotron stray radiation that is several orders of magnitude stronger than the signal to be detected. The receiver down converts the frequencies of scattered radiation (100-110 GHz) to intermediate frequencies (IF) (4.5-14.5 GHz) by heterodyning. The IF signal is divided into 50 IF channels tightly spaced in frequency space. The channels are terminated by square-law detector diodes that convert the signal power into DC voltages. We present measurements of the transmission characteristics and performance of the main receiver components operating at mm-wave frequencies (notch, bandpass, and lowpass filters, a voltage-controlled variable attenuator, and an isolator), the down-converter unit, and the IF components (amplifiers, bandpass filters, and detector diodes). Furthermore, we determine the performance of the receiver as a unit through spectral response measurements and find reasonable agreement with the expectation based on the individual component measurements.

  9. Measurements of plasma composition in the TEXTOR tokamak by collective Thomson scattering

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    Stejner, M.; Korsholm, S. B.; Nielsen, S. K.; Salewski, M.; Bindslev, H.; Brezinsek, S.; Furtula, V.; Leipold, F.; Michelsen, P. K.; Meo, F.; Moseev, D.; Bürger, A.; Kantor, M.; de Baar, M.; TEXTOR Team

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate the use of collective Thomson scattering (CTS) for spatially localized measurements of the isotopic composition of magnetically confined fusion plasmas. The experiments were conducted in the TEXTOR tokamak by scattering millimeter-wave probe radiation off plasma fluctuations with wave vector components nearly perpendicular to the magnetic field. Under such conditions the sensitivity of the CTS spectrum to plasma composition is enhanced by the spectral signatures of the ion cyclotron motion and of weakly damped ion Bernstein waves. Recent experiments on TEXTOR demonstrated the ability to resolve these signatures in the CTS spectrum as well as their sensitivity to the ion species mix in the plasma. This paper shows that the plasma composition can be inferred from the measurements through forward modeling of the CTS spectrum. We demonstrate that spectra measured in plasmas consisting of hydrogen, deuterium and 3He can be accurately reproduced by theory and yield inferred plasma compositions consistent with expectations. The potential to use CTS for measurements of plasma composition is of significant interest since CTS is well suited for reactor environments and since there is at present no established method to measure the fuel ion density ratio in the core of a burning fusion plasma.

  10. Calibration of Thomson scattering systems using electron cyclotron emission cutoff data

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    Zhurovich, K.; Mossessian, D. A.; Hughes, J. W.; Hubbard, A. E.; Irby, J. H.; Marmar, E. S.

    2005-05-01

    An alternative method of absolute calibration of Thomson scattering (TS) systems is described. The method is based on the measurements of electron cyclotron emission (ECE) from the plasma. If the plasma density reaches some critical value the emission at some frequencies is cut off and an abrupt loss of signal is registered by the ECE diagnostic. These critical values are calculated from the frequencies of the ECE channels in which cutoffs are observed, using the dispersion relation for the wave propagation. The radial positions of the ECE channels are bound to the measured magnetic field in the tokamak and, therefore, are known. The derived critical density values at certain positions in plasma are used to calculate absolute calibration coefficients for the core TS system. For that data points from the TS diagnostic are interpolated in time and space to these critical density values. This calibration technique is implemented in situ on the Alcator C-Mod tokamak during plasma operation. We use a nine-channel ECE diagnostic to calibrate the eight-channel core TS system. The uncertainty of the TS density calibration is ⩽10%, which is less than that from the gas scattering calibrations. Good agreement exists between TS density profiles and measurements from the visible continuum diagnostic and interferometry. Given the wide availability of ECE diagnostics on most tokamaks and other fusion devices, this technique should be suitable on many other experiments.

  11. Thomson Scattering implementation on the FRX-L Field Reversed Configuration

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    Wurden, G. A.; Bass, C.; Devries, S.; Faulkner, J.; Wysocki, F. J.

    2002-11-01

    A multi-point TS system has been designed, constructed, and is undergoing tests on the FRX-L plasma experiment at Los Alamos. It uses a twin beam (12 Joule/beam) Quantel ruby laser, and a gated, intensified 80% QE PixelVision back-thinned 512x512 CCD array detector coupled to the holographic grating CTX TS spectrometer. Fiber bundles bring the scattered light from six different spatial locations to the spectrometer, with each bundle mapping two background points and one laser point into the spectrometer, so that a total of 32 individual spectra are collected on the blue side of the ruby laser line. The viewing access to the plasma is limited to 1 cm-wide slots in the FRC theta pinch coils, which we enlarge locally to accommodate 1" diameter collection optics. Expected electron temperatures coverage will range from 20-400 eV. Since the operating density is quite high (10^16 to 10^17 cm-3), and the quartz cylinder allows essentially no viewing dump, there will be a substantial plasma light background to contend with, which we will accomplish through the 16-bit dynamic range of the detector, and with nearby background subtraction (in space, not in time). Initial system and plasma measurements will be presented.

  12. Design of a CO{sub 2}-laser Thomson scattering ion-tail diagnostic for Alcator C-Mod

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    Richards, R.K.; Hutchinson, D.P.; Ma, C.H.

    1994-09-01

    A CO{sub 2}-laser Thomson scattering diagnostic has been designed for the measurement of the ICRH-produced ion tail on Alcator C-Mod. The plasma parameters and port access require that the detection of scattered radiation be made at small angles, typically one degree or less. The receiver system consists of five heterodyne detectors and the source laser produces an energy of 10 Joules per pulse with a 1 to 5 microsecond pulse length. The scattering system is currently being installed on the Alcator C-Mod experiment. Details of the diagnostic, calculations of the expected measurements, and application of the diagnostic for ITER are presented.

  13. Theory of X-ray Thomson scattering in warm dense matter

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    Wunsch, Kathrin

    This thesis presents the theoretical framework required to apply spectrally resolved x-ray Thomson scattering (XRTS) as a diagnostic method for warm dense matter. In particular, the theory is generalised to allow for the description of systems with multiple ion species where all mutual correlations are taken into account within the new approach. Supplemented with the theory presented, XRTS is now a promising diagnostics for high-energy-density matter containing different chemical elements or mixtures of different materials. The signal measured at XRTS contains the unshifted Rayleigh peak and frequency-shifted features. The first is related to elastic scattering from electrons co-moving with the ions whilst the second occurs due to scattering from free electrons and excitation/ionisation events. The focus of this thesis lies on the elastic scattering feature which requires the ion structure and the electron density around the ion as input for the theoretical modelling. The ion structure is obtained from quantum simulations (DFT-MD) and classical hypernetted-chain (HNC) equations. The analysis of the DTF-MD simulation data reveals that partial ionisation yields strong modifications of the ion-ion interactions. Similar effects are found for the form of the electron screening cloud around an ion. On the basis of the newly developed theory and structural models, multicomponent effects on the XRTS signal are studied. It is shown that the Rayleigh feature is very sensitive to the ratio of the elements in the scattering volume and their mutual correlations. These results indicate that XRTS is well-suited to probe the properties of complex materials and the process of mixing in the WDM regime. The advanced theories are finally applied to experimental spectra. The procedure allows for both extracting the basic plasma parameters and assessing the quality of the theoretical models applied. Comparisons with several experiments demonstrated that the non-collective regime (large

  14. Investigation of thermodynamic equilibrium in laser-induced aluminum plasma using the Hα line profiles and Thomson scattering spectra

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    Cvejić, M.; DzierŻega, K.; Pieta, T.

    2015-07-01

    We have studied isothermal equilibrium in the laser-induced plasma from aluminum pellets in argon at pressure of 200 mbar by using a method which combines the standard laser Thomson scattering and analysis of the Hα, Stark-broadened, line profiles. Plasma was created using 4.5 ns, 4 mJ pulses from a Nd:YAG laser at 1064 nm. While electron density and temperature were determined from the electron feature of Thomson scattering spectra, the heavy particle temperature was obtained from the Hα full profile applying computer simulation including ion-dynamical effects. We have found strong imbalance between these two temperatures during entire plasma evolution which indicates its non-isothermal character. At the same time, according to the McWhirter criterion, the electron density was high enough to establish plasma in local thermodynamic equilibrium.

  15. Reconstruction of high temporal resolution Thomson scattering data during a modulated electron cyclotron resonance heating using conditional averaging

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    Kobayashi, T.; Ida, K.; Itoh, K.; Yoshinuma, M.; Moon, C.; Inagaki, S.; Yamada, I.; Funaba, H.; Yasuhara, R.; Tsuchiya, H.; Ohdachi, S.; Yoshimura, Y.; Igami, H.; Shimozuma, T.; Kubo, S.; Tsujimura, T. I.

    2016-04-01

    This paper provides a software application of the sampling scope concept for fusion research. The time evolution of Thomson scattering data is reconstructed with a high temporal resolution during a modulated electron cyclotron resonance heating (MECH) phase. The amplitude profile and the delay time profile of the heat pulse propagation are obtained from the reconstructed signal for discharges having on-axis and off-axis MECH depositions. The results are found to be consistent with the MECH deposition.

  16. Reconstruction of high temporal resolution Thomson scattering data during a modulated electron cyclotron resonance heating using conditional averaging.

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    Kobayashi, T; Ida, K; Itoh, K; Yoshinuma, M; Moon, C; Inagaki, S; Yamada, I; Funaba, H; Yasuhara, R; Tsuchiya, H; Ohdachi, S; Yoshimura, Y; Igami, H; Shimozuma, T; Kubo, S; Tsujimura, T I

    2016-04-01

    This paper provides a software application of the sampling scope concept for fusion research. The time evolution of Thomson scattering data is reconstructed with a high temporal resolution during a modulated electron cyclotron resonance heating (MECH) phase. The amplitude profile and the delay time profile of the heat pulse propagation are obtained from the reconstructed signal for discharges having on-axis and off-axis MECH depositions. The results are found to be consistent with the MECH deposition. PMID:27131672

  17. Current fast ion collective Thomson scattering diagnostics at TEXTOR and ASDEX Upgrade, and ITER plans (invited)

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    Korsholm, S. B.; Bindslev, H.; Meo, F.; Leipold, F.; Michelsen, P. K.; Michelsen, S.; Nielsen, S. K.; Tsakadze, E. L.; Woskov, P.; Westerhof, E.; Oosterbeek, J. W.; Hoekzema, J.; Leuterer, F.; Wagner, D

    2006-10-15

    Fast ion physics will play an important role on ITER where confined alpha particles will affect plasma dynamics and overall confinement. Fast ion collective Thomson scattering (CTS) using gyrotrons has the potential to meet the need for measuring the spatially localized velocity distributions of confined fast ions in ITER. Currently, CTS experiments are performed at TEXTOR using a 150 kW, 0.2 s, 110 GHz gyrotron and a receiver upgraded at the Risoe National Laboratory. The gyrotron and receiver optics have also been upgraded for rapid scanning during a plasma shot. The receiver consists of a nine-mirror quasioptical transmission line including a universal polarizer and a 42-channel data acquisition system, which allows complete coverage of the double sideband scattered spectrum for localized ({approx}10 cm) time resolved (4 ms) measurements of the ion velocity distribution. At ASDEX Upgrade (AUG) a similar 50-channel CTS receiver has been installed. This CTS system will use the 105 GHz frequency of a dual frequency gyrotron. The gyrotron is presently being commissioned. CTS campaigns are scheduled for the summer of 2006 with a probe power of up to 1 MW for 10 s. This report presents the alignment of the quasioptical transmission line, calibration, and gyrotron tuning of the TEXTOR and AUG CTS systems. We will also review the progress on the design of the proposed fast ion CTS diagnostic for ITER. It is envisaged that scattered radiation from two 60 GHz probe beams launched from the low field side midplane port will be received by two arrays of receivers located on the low and high field sides of the plasma. This geometry will allow the ion velocity distribution near perpendicular and near parallel to the magnetic field to be measured in ten or more spatial locations covering the full plasma cross section. The temporal resolution can be significantly better than the required 100 ms.

  18. Influence of local-field corrections on Thomson scattering in collision-dominated two-component plasmas

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    Fortmann, Carsten; Wierling, August; Roepke, Gerd

    2010-02-15

    The dynamic structure factor, which determines the Thomson scattering spectrum, is calculated via an extended Mermin approach. It incorporates the dynamical collision frequency as well as the local-field correction factor. This allows to study systematically the impact of electron-ion collisions as well as electron-electron correlations due to degeneracy and short-range interaction on the characteristics of the Thomson scattering signal. As such, the plasmon dispersion and damping width is calculated for a two-component plasma, where the electron subsystem is completely degenerate. Strong deviations of the plasmon resonance position due to the electron-electron correlations are observed at increasing Brueckner parameters r{sub s}. These results are of paramount importance for the interpretation of collective Thomson scattering spectra, as the determination of the free electron density from the plasmon resonance position requires a precise theory of the plasmon dispersion. Implications due to different approximations for the electron-electron correlation, i.e., different forms of the one-component local-field correction, are discussed.

  19. Influence of local-field corrections on Thomson scattering in collision-dominated two-component plasmas.

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    Fortmann, Carsten; Wierling, August; Röpke, Gerd

    2010-02-01

    The dynamic structure factor, which determines the Thomson scattering spectrum, is calculated via an extended Mermin approach. It incorporates the dynamical collision frequency as well as the local-field correction factor. This allows to study systematically the impact of electron-ion collisions as well as electron-electron correlations due to degeneracy and short-range interaction on the characteristics of the Thomson scattering signal. As such, the plasmon dispersion and damping width is calculated for a two-component plasma, where the electron subsystem is completely degenerate. Strong deviations of the plasmon resonance position due to the electron-electron correlations are observed at increasing Brueckner parameters r(s). These results are of paramount importance for the interpretation of collective Thomson scattering spectra, as the determination of the free electron density from the plasmon resonance position requires a precise theory of the plasmon dispersion. Implications due to different approximations for the electron-electron correlation, i.e., different forms of the one-component local-field correction, are discussed. PMID:20365663

  20. Influence of local-field corrections on Thomson scattering in collision-dominated two-component plasmas

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    Fortmann, Carsten; Wierling, August; Röpke, Gerd

    2010-02-01

    The dynamic structure factor, which determines the Thomson scattering spectrum, is calculated via an extended Mermin approach. It incorporates the dynamical collision frequency as well as the local-field correction factor. This allows to study systematically the impact of electron-ion collisions as well as electron-electron correlations due to degeneracy and short-range interaction on the characteristics of the Thomson scattering signal. As such, the plasmon dispersion and damping width is calculated for a two-component plasma, where the electron subsystem is completely degenerate. Strong deviations of the plasmon resonance position due to the electron-electron correlations are observed at increasing Brueckner parameters rs . These results are of paramount importance for the interpretation of collective Thomson scattering spectra, as the determination of the free electron density from the plasmon resonance position requires a precise theory of the plasmon dispersion. Implications due to different approximations for the electron-electron correlation, i.e., different forms of the one-component local-field correction, are discussed.

  1. Thomson scattering diagnostics of SF6 gas-blasted arcs confined by a nozzle under free-recovery conditions

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    Tomita, Kentaro; Gojima, Daisuke; Shimizu, Takahiro; Uchino, Kiichiro; Nakano, Tomoyuki; Tanaka, Yasunori; Suzuki, Katsumi; Iijima, Takanori; Shinkai, Takeshi

    2015-07-01

    Collective Thomson scattering has been applied to gas-blasted arcs confined by a nozzle to measure their decay processes with respect to electron density (ne). Pure SF6 gas, an Ar/SF6 gas mixture (SF6 was 20, 40, 60, and 80% of the mixture), and pure Ar gas were used as arc-quenching media at atmospheric pressure. Copper-tungsten (40% copper) electrodes were installed inside a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) nozzle and 50 mm-long gap arcs were generated between the electrodes. First, steady-state arcs were generated with 50 A current. Then, a semiconductor switch removed the arc current. It was found that after the current decreased to zero, ne exponentially decreased and the decay time constant of ne systematically decreased with an increasing SF6 gas ratio. Thomson scattering measured ne in the range 1021-1023 m-3. Self-emission measurements, which were performed with a high-speed camera at 200 000 frames per second, exhibited good agreement with the results of the Thomson scattering.

  2. Direct-View Multi-Point Two-Component Interferometric Rayleigh Scattering Velocimeter

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    Bivolaru, Daniel; Danehy, Paul M.; Gaffney, Richard L., Jr.; Cutler, Andrew D.

    2008-01-01

    This paper describes an instantaneous velocity measurement system based on the Doppler shift of elastically scattered laser light from gas molecules (Rayleigh scattering) relative to an incident laser. The system uses a pulsed laser as the light source, direct-viewing optics to collect the scattered light, an interferometer to analyze spectrally the scattered light mixed with the incident laser light, and a CCD camera to capture the resulting interferogram. The system is capable of simultaneous, spatially (approximately 0.2 mm(exp 3)) and temporally (approximately 40 ns) resolved, multiple point measurements of two orthogonal components of flow velocity in the presence of background scattered light, acoustic noise and vibrations, and flow particulates. Measurements in a large-scale axi-symmetric Mach 1.6 H2-air combustion-heated jet running at a flow sensible enthalpy specific to Mach 5.5 hypersonic flight are performed to demonstrate the technique. The measurements are compared with CFD calculations using a finite-volume discretization of the Favre-averaged Navier-Stokes equations (VULCAN code).

  3. X-ray Thomson scattering of shocked carbon foam on the Z accelerator

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    Ao, Tommy; Harding, Eric; Bailey, James; Lemke, Raymond; Desjarlais, Michael; Hansen, Stephanie; Smith, Ian; Reneker, Joseph; Romero, Dustin; Sinars, Daniel; Rochau, Gregory; Benage, John

    2015-06-01

    Experiments on the Sandia Z pulsed-power accelerator have demonstrated the ability to produce warm dense matter (WDM) states with unprecedented uniformity, duration, and size, which are ideal for investigations of fundamental WDM properties. For the first time, a space-resolved x-ray Thomson scattering (XRTS) spectra from shocked carbon foam was recorded on Z. The large electrical current produced by Z was used to launch Al flyer plates up to 25 km/s. The impact of the flyer plate on a CH2 foam target produced a shocked state with an estimated pressure of 0.75 Mbar, density of 0.52 g/cc, and temperature of 4.3 eV. Both unshocked and shocked portions of the foam target were probed with 6.2 keV x-rays produced by focusing the Z-Beamlet laser onto a nearby Mn foil. The data is comprised of three spatially distinct spectra that were simultaneously captured with a single spectrometer. These three spectra provide detailed information on the following target locations: the laser spot, the unshocked foam, and the shocked foam. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's NNSA under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  4. Study of Fast, Near-Infrared Photodetectors for the ITER Core LIDAR Thomson Scattering

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    Giudicotti, L.; Beurskens, M.; Kempenaars, M.; Walsh, M. J.

    2008-03-12

    A key component for the ITER core LIDAR Thomson Scattering (TS) diagnostic would be a detector with good sensitivity in the 850-1060 nm near infrared (NIR) spectral region. Covering this spectral region becomes necessary if a Nd:YAG laser system operating at {lambda} = 1.06 {mu}m is used as the laser source, which is a very attractive choice in terms of available energy, repetition rate, reliability and cost. In this paper we review the state of the art of two types of detectors available for the above spectral range: the transferred electron (TE) InGaAs/InP hybrid photodiode and the In{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}As microchannel plate (MCP) image intensifier and we describe the advancements necessary for a possible application in the ITER LIDAR TS. In addition we describe the preliminary characterization of new GaAsP fast MCP photomultipliers (PMTs) suitable for the detection of the visible part of the LIDAR TS spectrum in JET and ITER.

  5. Collective Thomson scattering measurements of the Ion Acoustic Decay Instability. Final report

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    Mizuno, K.; DeGroot, J.S.; Drake, R.P.; Seka, W.

    1993-12-31

    We have developed an uv collective Thomson scattering system for plasma produced by a short wavelength laser. The Ion Acoustic Decay Instabilities are studied in a large ({approximately}mm) scale, hot ({approximately}keV) plasma, which is relevant to a direct-driven laser fusion plasma. The IADI primary decay process is measured by the CTS. We used a random phase plate to minimize the non uniform irradiation of the interaction laser. Nevertheless, the threshold of the most unstable mode driven by the IADI is quite low. The measured threshold value agrees favorably with the theoretical value of the large scale plasma. We have also shown that the CTS from the IADI can be a good tool for measuring a local electron temperature. The measured results agree reasonably with the SAGE computer calculations. We used the real part of the wave (frequency) to estimate T{sub e}. The real part is, in general, reliable compared to the imaginary part such as the damping, and the growth rates. We have shown that the IADI can be easily excited in a large scale, hot plasma. The IADI has potentially important applications to direct drive laser fusion, and also critical surface diagnostic.

  6. Enhancement of the JET edge LIDAR Thomson scattering diagnostic with ultrafast detectors

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    Kempenaars, M.; Flanagan, J. C.; Walsh, M. J.; Beurskens, M.; Balboa, I.

    2008-10-15

    The edge light detection and ranging (LIDAR) Thomson scattering diagnostic at the Joint European Torus fusion experiment uses a 3 J ruby laser to measure the electron density and temperature profile at the plasma edge. The original system used a 1 GHz digitizer and detectors with response times of {approx_equal}650 ps and effective quantum efficiencies <7%. This system has recently been enhanced with the installation of a new 8 GHz digitizer and four new ultrafast GaAsP microchannel plate photomultiplier tube detectors with response times of <300 ps and effective quantum efficiencies in the range of {approx}13%-20% (averaged over {lambda}=500-700 nm). This upgrade has enabled the spatial resolution to be reduced to {approx}6.3 cm along the laser line of sight for a laser pulse of 300 ps full width at half maximum, which is close to the requirements for the ITER core LIDAR. Performance analysis shows that the new system will have an effective spatial resolution of up to 1 cm in the magnetic midplane via magnetic flux surface mapping.

  7. Outline of optical design and viewing geometry for divertor Thomson scattering on MAST upgrade

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    Hawke, J.; Scannell, R.; Harrison, J.; Huxford, R.; Bohm, P.

    2013-11-01

    The super-X divertor on MAST Upgrade will be diagnosed by a Thomson scattering diagnostic. A preliminary design of the collection optics and calculations of the diagnostic's performance are discussed in this paper. As part of the design the location and size of the collection cell were optimized to minimize vignetting, especially in the region of interest close to the divertor strike point. The design process was complicated by the limited access available in the closed divertor geometry. In the study of the diagnostic's performance, the radial resolution, projection of the laser image onto the fiber bundle, and impact of depth of field with a multiple laser system were investigated. In this design there is a trade-off between the resolution of the system and the lifetime of the beam dump. For this reason the beam has its focal point at the start of the viewing region and diverges in width to approximately five millimeters near the divertor tile. The effect of this large variation in beam width is examined primarily at the two extremes by means of ray trace modeling. This model takes an object with dimensions of the beam width imaged onto the fiber bundle to investigate the effect of misalignment for a narrow or broad laser image. In a similar manner ray tracing was performed to determine the effects of depth of field for four and two laser systems. As the electron density of the system may be low, performance analysis considers firing multiple lasers simultaneously to improve photon statistics.

  8. Thomson scattering diagnostic system design for the Compact Toroidal Hybrid experiment

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    Traverso, P. J. Maurer, D. A.; Ennis, D. A.; Hartwell, G. J.; Goforth, M. M.; Loch, S. D.; Pearce, A. J.; Cianciosa, M. R.

    2014-11-15

    A new Thomson scattering system using standard commercially available components has been designed for the non-axisymmetric plasmas of the Compact Toroidal Hybrid (CTH). The beam, generated by a frequency doubled Continuum PL DLS 2 J Nd:YAG laser, is passed vertically through an entrance Brewster window and an aperturing baffle system to minimize the stray laser light that could enter the collection optics. The beam line has been designed with an 8 m propagation distance to the mid-plane of the CTH device with the beam diameter kept less than 3 mm inside the plasma volume. The beam exits the vacuum system through another Brewster window and enters a beam dump, again to minimize the stray light in the vacuum chamber. Light collection, spectral processing, and signal detection are accomplished with an f/#∼ 1 aspheric lens, a commercially available Holospec f/1.8 spectrometer, and an Andor iStar DH740-18U-C3 image intensified camera. Spectral rejection of stray laser light, if needed, can be performed with the use of an optional interference filter at the spectrometer input. The system has been developed for initial single point measurements of plasmas with core electron temperatures of approximately 20–300 eV and densities of 5 × 10{sup 18} to 5 × 10{sup 19} m{sup −3} dependent upon operational scenario.

  9. Measurement of xenon plasma properties in an ion thruster using laser Thomson scattering technique

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    Yamamoto, N.; Tomita, K.; Sugita, K.; Kurita, T.; Nakashima, H.; Uchino, K.

    2012-07-15

    This paper reports on the development of a method for measuring xenon plasma properties using the laser Thomson scattering technique, for application to ion engine system design. The thresholds of photo-ionization of xenon plasma were investigated and the number density of metastable atoms, which are photo-ionized by a probe laser, was measured using laser absorption spectroscopy, for several conditions. The measured threshold energy of the probe laser using a plano-convex lens with a focal length of 200 mm was 150 mJ for a xenon mass flow rate of 20 {mu}g/s and incident microwave power of 6 W; the probe laser energy was therefore set as 80 mJ. Electron number density was found to be (6.2 {+-} 0.4) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 17} m{sup -3} and electron temperature was found to be 2.2 {+-} 0.4 eV at a xenon mass flow rate of 20 {mu}g/s and incident microwave power of 6 W. The threshold of the probe laser intensity against photo-ionization in a miniature xenon ion thruster is almost constant for various mass flow rates, since the ratio of population of the metastable atoms to the electron number density is little changed.

  10. Measurement of xenon plasma properties in an ion thruster using laser Thomson scattering technique.

    PubMed

    Yamamoto, N; Tomita, K; Sugita, K; Kurita, T; Nakashima, H; Uchino, K

    2012-07-01

    This paper reports on the development of a method for measuring xenon plasma properties using the laser Thomson scattering technique, for application to ion engine system design. The thresholds of photo-ionization of xenon plasma were investigated and the number density of metastable atoms, which are photo-ionized by a probe laser, was measured using laser absorption spectroscopy, for several conditions. The measured threshold energy of the probe laser using a plano-convex lens with a focal length of 200 mm was 150 mJ for a xenon mass flow rate of 20 μg/s and incident microwave power of 6 W; the probe laser energy was therefore set as 80 mJ. Electron number density was found to be (6.2 ± 0.4) × 10(17) m(-3) and electron temperature was found to be 2.2 ± 0.4 eV at a xenon mass flow rate of 20 μg/s and incident microwave power of 6 W. The threshold of the probe laser intensity against photo-ionization in a miniature xenon ion thruster is almost constant for various mass flow rates, since the ratio of population of the metastable atoms to the electron number density is little changed. PMID:22852670

  11. Thomson scattering diagnostic system design for the Compact Toroidal Hybrid experimenta)

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    Traverso, P. J.; Maurer, D. A.; Ennis, D. A.; Hartwell, G. J.; Goforth, M. M.; Loch, S. D.; Pearce, A. J.; Cianciosa, M. R.

    2014-11-01

    A new Thomson scattering system using standard commercially available components has been designed for the non-axisymmetric plasmas of the Compact Toroidal Hybrid (CTH). The beam, generated by a frequency doubled Continuum PL DLS 2 J Nd:YAG laser, is passed vertically through an entrance Brewster window and an aperturing baffle system to minimize the stray laser light that could enter the collection optics. The beam line has been designed with an 8 m propagation distance to the mid-plane of the CTH device with the beam diameter kept less than 3 mm inside the plasma volume. The beam exits the vacuum system through another Brewster window and enters a beam dump, again to minimize the stray light in the vacuum chamber. Light collection, spectral processing, and signal detection are accomplished with an f/{#} ˜ 1 aspheric lens, a commercially available Holospec f/1.8 spectrometer, and an Andor iStar DH740-18U-C3 image intensified camera. Spectral rejection of stray laser light, if needed, can be performed with the use of an optional interference filter at the spectrometer input. The system has been developed for initial single point measurements of plasmas with core electron temperatures of approximately 20-300 eV and densities of 5 × 1018 to 5 × 1019 m-3 dependent upon operational scenario.

  12. First operations with the new Collective Thomson Scattering diagnostic on the Frascati Tokamak Upgrade device

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    Bin, W.; Bruschi, A.; D'Arcangelo, O.; Castaldo, C.; De Angeli, M.; Figini, L.; Galperti, C.; Garavaglia, S.; Granucci, G.; Grosso, G.; Korsholm, S. B.; Lontano, M.; Mellera, V.; Minelli, D.; Moro, A.; Nardone, A.; Nielsen, S. K.; Rasmussen, J.; Simonetto, A.; Stejner, M.; Tartari, U.

    2015-10-01

    Anomalous emissions were found over the last few years in spectra of Collective Thomson Scattering (CTS) diagnostics in tokamak devices such as TEXTOR, ASDEX and FTU, in addition to real CTS signals. The signal frequency, down-shifted with respect to the probing one, suggested a possible origin in Parametric Decay Instability (PDI) processes correlated with the presence of magnetic islands and occurring for pumping wave power levels well below the threshold predicted by conventional models. A threshold below or close to the Electron Cyclotron Resonance Heating (ECRH) power levels could limit, under certain circumstances, the use of the ECRH in fusion devices. An accurate characterization of the conditions for the occurrence of this phenomenon and of its consequences is thus of primary importance. Exploiting the front-steering configuration available with the real-time launcher, the implementation of a new CTS setup now allows studying these anomalous emission phenomena in FTU under conditions of density and wave injection geometry that are more similar to those envisaged for CTS in ITER. The upgrades of the diagnostic are presented as well as a few preliminary spectra detected with the new system during the very first operations in 2014. The present work has been carried out under an EUROfusion Enabling Research project. A shorter version of this contribution is due to be published in PoS at: 1st EPS conference on Plasma Diagnostics

  13. X-ray Thomson scattering in warm dense matter at low frequencies

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    Murillo, Michael S.

    2010-03-15

    The low-frequency portion of the x-ray Thomson scattering spectrum is determined by electrons that follow the slow ion motion. This ion motion is characterized by the ion-ion dynamic structure factor, which contains a wealth of information about the ions, including structure and collective modes. The frequency-integrated (diffraction) contribution is considered first. An effective dressed-particle description of warm dense matter is derived from the quantum Ornstein-Zernike equations, and this is used to identify a Yukawa model for warm dense matter. The efficacy of this approach is validated by comparing a predicted structure with data from the extreme case of a liquid metal; good agreement is found. A Thomas-Fermi model is then introduced to allow the separation of bound and free states at finite temperatures, and issues with the definition of the ionization state in warm dense matter are discussed. For applications, analytic structure factors are given on either side of the Kirkwood line. Finally, several models are constructed for describing the slow dynamics of warm dense matter. Two classes of models are introduced that both satisfy the basic sum rules. One class of models is the 'plasmon-pole'-like class, which yields the dispersion of ion-acoustic waves. Damping is then included via generalized hydrodynamics models that incorporate viscous contributions.

  14. Thomson scattering diagnostic system design for the Compact Toroidal Hybrid experiment.

    PubMed

    Traverso, P J; Maurer, D A; Ennis, D A; Hartwell, G J; Goforth, M M; Loch, S D; Pearce, A J; Cianciosa, M R

    2014-11-01

    A new Thomson scattering system using standard commercially available components has been designed for the non-axisymmetric plasmas of the Compact Toroidal Hybrid (CTH). The beam, generated by a frequency doubled Continuum PL DLS 2 J Nd:YAG laser, is passed vertically through an entrance Brewster window and an aperturing baffle system to minimize the stray laser light that could enter the collection optics. The beam line has been designed with an 8 m propagation distance to the mid-plane of the CTH device with the beam diameter kept less than 3 mm inside the plasma volume. The beam exits the vacuum system through another Brewster window and enters a beam dump, again to minimize the stray light in the vacuum chamber. Light collection, spectral processing, and signal detection are accomplished with an f/#∼ 1 aspheric lens, a commercially available Holospec f/1.8 spectrometer, and an Andor iStar DH740-18U-C3 image intensified camera. Spectral rejection of stray laser light, if needed, can be performed with the use of an optional interference filter at the spectrometer input. The system has been developed for initial single point measurements of plasmas with core electron temperatures of approximately 20-300 eV and densities of 5 × 10(18) to 5 × 10(19) m(-3) dependent upon operational scenario. PMID:25430265

  15. X-ray Thomson scattering in warm dense matter at low frequencies.

    PubMed

    Murillo, Michael S

    2010-03-01

    The low-frequency portion of the x-ray Thomson scattering spectrum is determined by electrons that follow the slow ion motion. This ion motion is characterized by the ion-ion dynamic structure factor, which contains a wealth of information about the ions, including structure and collective modes. The frequency-integrated (diffraction) contribution is considered first. An effective dressed-particle description of warm dense matter is derived from the quantum Ornstein-Zernike equations, and this is used to identify a Yukawa model for warm dense matter. The efficacy of this approach is validated by comparing a predicted structure with data from the extreme case of a liquid metal; good agreement is found. A Thomas-Fermi model is then introduced to allow the separation of bound and free states at finite temperatures, and issues with the definition of the ionization state in warm dense matter are discussed. For applications, analytic structure factors are given on either side of the Kirkwood line. Finally, several models are constructed for describing the slow dynamics of warm dense matter. Two classes of models are introduced that both satisfy the basic sum rules. One class of models is the "plasmon-pole"-like class, which yields the dispersion of ion-acoustic waves. Damping is then included via generalized hydrodynamics models that incorporate viscous contributions. PMID:20365878

  16. X-ray Thomson scattering in warm dense matter at low frequencies

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    Murillo, Michael

    2010-11-01

    The low-frequency portion of the x-ray Thomson scattering spectrum is determined by electrons that follow the slow ion motion. This ion motion is characterized by the ion-ion dynamic structure factor, which contains a wealth of information about the ions, including structure and collective modes. The frequency-integrated (diffraction) contribution is considered first. An effective dressed-particle description of warm dense matter is derived from the quantum Ornstein-Zernike equations, and this is used to identify a Yukawa model for warm dense matter. The efficacy of this approach is validated by comparing a predicted structure factor with data for the extreme case of a liquid metal. A Thomas-Fermi model is then introduced to allow the separation of bound and free states at finite temperatures, and issues with the definition of the ionization state in warm dense matter are discussed. For applications, analytic structure factors are given on either side of the Kirkwood line. Finally, several models are constructed for describing the slow dynamics of warm dense matter. Two classes of models are introduced that both satisfy the basic sum rules. One class of models is the ``plasmon-pole''-like class, which yields the dispersion of ion-acoustic waves. Damping is then included via generalized hydrodynamics models that incorporate viscous contributions. This suggests a method by which viscous transport properties can be measured.

  17. X-ray Thomson scattering in warm dense matter at low frequencies

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Murillo, Michael S.

    2010-03-01

    The low-frequency portion of the x-ray Thomson scattering spectrum is determined by electrons that follow the slow ion motion. This ion motion is characterized by the ion-ion dynamic structure factor, which contains a wealth of information about the ions, including structure and collective modes. The frequency-integrated (diffraction) contribution is considered first. An effective dressed-particle description of warm dense matter is derived from the quantum Ornstein-Zernike equations, and this is used to identify a Yukawa model for warm dense matter. The efficacy of this approach is validated by comparing a predicted structure with data from the extreme case of a liquid metal; good agreement is found. A Thomas-Fermi model is then introduced to allow the separation of bound and free states at finite temperatures, and issues with the definition of the ionization state in warm dense matter are discussed. For applications, analytic structure factors are given on either side of the Kirkwood line. Finally, several models are constructed for describing the slow dynamics of warm dense matter. Two classes of models are introduced that both satisfy the basic sum rules. One class of models is the “plasmon-pole”-like class, which yields the dispersion of ion-acoustic waves. Damping is then included via generalized hydrodynamics models that incorporate viscous contributions.

  18. The development of Thomson scattering system on HL-2A tokamak

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    Huang, Y.; Zhang, P.; Feng, Z.; Liu, C. H.; Shi, P. L.; Ding, X. T.; Liu, Yong

    2007-11-15

    A new Thomson scattering diagnostic system is successfully developed to measure core plasma electron temperature (T{sub e}) and density (n{sub e}) of HL-2A tokamak (major radius R=165 cm, minor radius a=40 cm). In this system, a standard lamp-monochromator combination is utilized for the calibration of spectral responses. By sweeping in the range of 750-1200 nm with a step of 2 nm, the work can be done automatically for one-point calibration and then for other. Electronic gain calibration and gain monitoring are done by pulsed light emitting diode light. By utilizing an intense Nd:YAG laser of pulse energy up to 4 J and employing good quality interference filters in the five-channel filter polychromator to surpress greatly the stray light, the TS system can be routinely used to make measurements with good quality data. After each HL-2A plasma discharge, the measured T{sub e} and n{sub e} data are transferred to HL-2A database for lookup and analyses.

  19. Applying the CO2 laser collective Thomson scattering results from JT-60U to other machines

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    Richards, R. K.; Hutchinson, D. P.; Bennett, C. A.; Kondoh, T.; Miura, Y.; Lee, S.

    2003-03-01

    A collective Thomson scattering (CTS) system based on a pulsed CO2 laser is being developed to demonstrate the feasibility of alpha-particle diagnostics. Tests on this system are being conducted on the JT-60U tokamak. The system consists of a pulsed laser (15 J in 1:s at 10.6:m) and a wide band (˜8 GHz) heterodyne receiver with a quantum-well infrared photodetector [Liu et al., IEEE Electron Device Lett. 16, 253 (1995)]. Stray light is reduced by a notch filter containing hot CO2 gas. The heterodyne receiver is absolutely calibrated using a large area blackbody radiation source [Bennett et al., Appl. Opt. 27, 3324 (1988)]. Results from the tests on JT-60U indicate a larger than expected noise background, especially for the lower velocity measurements determined by the smaller frequency shifts from the laser line. These results are used to estimate the signal-to-noise ratio that would be expected for a CTS diagnostic installed on other devices; ITER ("the way" in Latin), Joint European Torus-Enhanced Performance JET-EP, and axially symmetric divertor experiment (ASDEX). Calculations and possible system improvements are presented.

  20. A pulse-burst laser system for a high-repetition-rate Thomson scattering diagnostic

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    Den Hartog, D. J.; Jiang, N.; Lempert, W. R.

    2008-10-15

    A ''pulse-burst'' laser system is being constructed for addition to the Thomson scattering diagnostic on the Madison Symmetric Torus (MST) reversed-field pinch. This laser is designed to produce a burst of up to 200 approximately 1 J Q-switched pulses at repetition frequencies 5-250 kHz. This laser system will operate at 1064 nm and is a master oscillator, power amplifier. The master oscillator is a compact diode-pumped Nd:YVO{sub 4} laser, intermediate amplifier stages are flashlamp-pumped Nd:YAG, and final stages will be flashlamp-pumped Nd:glass (silicate). Variable pulse width drive (0.3-20 ms) of the flashlamps is accomplished by insulated-gate bipolar transistor switching of large electrolytic capacitor banks. The burst train of laser pulses will enable the study of electron temperature (T{sub e}) and electron density (n{sub e}) dynamics in a single MST shot, and with ensembling, will enable correlation of T{sub e} and n{sub e} fluctuations with other fluctuating quantities.

  1. A pulse-burst laser system for a high-repetition-rate Thomson scattering diagnostic.

    PubMed

    Den Hartog, D J; Jiang, N; Lempert, W R

    2008-10-01

    A "pulse-burst" laser system is being constructed for addition to the Thomson scattering diagnostic on the Madison Symmetric Torus (MST) reversed-field pinch. This laser is designed to produce a burst of up to 200 approximately 1 J Q-switched pulses at repetition frequencies 5-250 kHz. This laser system will operate at 1064 nm and is a master oscillator, power amplifier. The master oscillator is a compact diode-pumped Nd:YVO(4) laser, intermediate amplifier stages are flashlamp-pumped Nd:YAG, and final stages will be flashlamp-pumped Nd:glass (silicate). Variable pulse width drive (0.3-20 ms) of the flashlamps is accomplished by insulated-gate bipolar transistor switching of large electrolytic capacitor banks. The burst train of laser pulses will enable the study of electron temperature (T(e)) and electron density (n(e)) dynamics in a single MST shot, and with ensembling, will enable correlation of T(e) and n(e) fluctuations with other fluctuating quantities. PMID:19044552

  2. X-ray Thomson Scattering in Warm Dense Matter without the Chihara Decomposition

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    Baczewski, A. D.; Shulenburger, L.; Desjarlais, M. P.; Hansen, S. B.; Magyar, R. J.

    2016-03-01

    X-ray Thomson scattering is an important experimental technique used to measure the temperature, ionization state, structure, and density of warm dense matter (WDM). The fundamental property probed in these experiments is the electronic dynamic structure factor. In most models, this is decomposed into three terms [J. Chihara, J. Phys. F 17, 295 (1987)] representing the response of tightly bound, loosely bound, and free electrons. Accompanying this decomposition is the classification of electrons as either bound or free, which is useful for gapped and cold systems but becomes increasingly questionable as temperatures and pressures increase into the WDM regime. In this work we provide unambiguous first principles calculations of the dynamic structure factor of warm dense beryllium, independent of the Chihara form, by treating bound and free states under a single formalism. The computational approach is real-time finite-temperature time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) being applied here for the first time to WDM. We compare results from TDDFT to Chihara-based calculations for experimentally relevant conditions in shock-compressed beryllium.

  3. X-ray Thomson Scattering in Warm Dense Matter without the Chihara Decomposition.

    PubMed

    Baczewski, A D; Shulenburger, L; Desjarlais, M P; Hansen, S B; Magyar, R J

    2016-03-18

    X-ray Thomson scattering is an important experimental technique used to measure the temperature, ionization state, structure, and density of warm dense matter (WDM). The fundamental property probed in these experiments is the electronic dynamic structure factor. In most models, this is decomposed into three terms [J. Chihara, J. Phys. F 17, 295 (1987)] representing the response of tightly bound, loosely bound, and free electrons. Accompanying this decomposition is the classification of electrons as either bound or free, which is useful for gapped and cold systems but becomes increasingly questionable as temperatures and pressures increase into the WDM regime. In this work we provide unambiguous first principles calculations of the dynamic structure factor of warm dense beryllium, independent of the Chihara form, by treating bound and free states under a single formalism. The computational approach is real-time finite-temperature time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) being applied here for the first time to WDM. We compare results from TDDFT to Chihara-based calculations for experimentally relevant conditions in shock-compressed beryllium. PMID:27035307

  4. Thomson scattering diagnostics of atmospheric pressure plasmas - Pulsed filament discharges and plasma jets

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    Tomita, Kentaro

    2015-09-01

    Recently, non-thermal atmospheric-pressure plasmas have received much attention. Because the characteristics of the plasmas are governed by free electrons, measurements of the electron density (ne) and electron temperature (Te) are a prerequisite for understanding plasma behavior. To contribute to the understanding of non-thermal atmospheric-pressure plasmas, we have been developing a laser Thomson scattering (LTS) technique as a diagnostic method for measuring ne and Te of two types of plasmas; a pulsed-filament discharge and He flow plasma jet. The pulsed filament discharge has a short current width (a few tens of ns) and a small size. In order to apply LTS to such plasmas, reproducibility of time and space of the plasmas were improved using a high-speed semiconductor switch. Spatiotemporal evolutions of ne and Te of a main discharge have been obtained. Now we try to apply LTS at a time of primary streamer. Regarding to the He flow plasma jet, the discharge was generated with He gas flow with N2/O2(20%) or N2 shielding gas. It was confirmed that the ne at the center of the plasma with N2/O2 shielding gas was around 50% higher than that with the N2 shielding gas. In collaboration with Keiichiro Urabe, The University of Tokyo; Naoki Shirai, Tokyo Metropolitan University; Safwat Hassaballa, Al-Azhar University; Nima Bolouki, Munehiro Yoneda, Takahiro Shimizu, Yuta Sato, and Kiichiro Uchino, Kyushu University.

  5. A pulse-burst laser system for a high-repetition-rate Thomson scattering diagnostica)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Den Hartog, D. J.; Jiang, N.; Lempert, W. R.

    2008-10-01

    A "pulse-burst" laser system is being constructed for addition to the Thomson scattering diagnostic on the Madison Symmetric Torus (MST) reversed-field pinch. This laser is designed to produce a burst of up to 200 approximately 1J Q-switched pulses at repetition frequencies 5-250kHz. This laser system will operate at 1064nm and is a master oscillator, power amplifier. The master oscillator is a compact diode-pumped Nd :YVO4 laser, intermediate amplifier stages are flashlamp-pumped Nd:YAG, and final stages will be flashlamp-pumped Nd:glass (silicate). Variable pulse width drive (0.3-20ms) of the flashlamps is accomplished by insulated-gate bipolar transistor switching of large electrolytic capacitor banks. The burst train of laser pulses will enable the study of electron temperature (Te) and electron density (ne) dynamics in a single MST shot, and with ensembling, will enable correlation of Te and ne fluctuations with other fluctuating quantities.

  6. Enhancement of the JET edge LIDAR Thomson scattering diagnostic with ultrafast detectors.

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    Kempenaars, M; Flanagan, J C; Giudicotti, L; Walsh, M J; Beurskens, M; Balboa, I

    2008-10-01

    The edge light detection and ranging (LIDAR) Thomson scattering diagnostic at the Joint European Torus fusion experiment uses a 3 J ruby laser to measure the electron density and temperature profile at the plasma edge. The original system used a 1 GHz digitizer and detectors with response times of approximately 650 ps and effective quantum efficiencies <7%. This system has recently been enhanced with the installation of a new 8 GHz digitizer and four new ultrafast GaAsP microchannel plate photomultiplier tube detectors with response times of <300 ps and effective quantum efficiencies in the range of approximately 13%-20% (averaged over lambda=500-700 nm). This upgrade has enabled the spatial resolution to be reduced to approximately 6.3 cm along the laser line of sight for a laser pulse of 300 ps full width at half maximum, which is close to the requirements for the ITER core LIDAR. Performance analysis shows that the new system will have an effective spatial resolution of up to 1 cm in the magnetic midplane via magnetic flux surface mapping. PMID:19068515

  7. Improved Collective Thomson Scattering measurements of fast ions at ASDEX upgrade

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    Rasmussen, J.; Nielsen, S. K.; Stejner, M.; Salewski, M.; Jacobsen, A. S.; Korsholm, S. B.; Leipold, F.; Meo, F.; Michelsen, P. K.; Schubert, M.; Stober, J.; Tardini, G.; Wagner, D.; Collaboration: ASDEX Upgrade Team

    2014-08-21

    Understanding the behaviour of the confined fast ions is important in both current and future fusion experiments. These ions play a key role in heating the plasma and will be crucial for achieving conditions for burning plasma in next-step fusion devices. Microwave-based Collective Thomson Scattering (CTS) is well suited for reactor conditions and offers such an opportunity by providing measurements of the confined fast-ion distribution function resolved in space, time and 1D velocity space. We currently operate a CTS system at ASDEX Upgrade using a gyrotron which generates probing radiation at 105 GHz. A new setup using two independent receiver systems has enabled improved subtraction of the background signal, and hence the first accurate characterization of fast-ion properties. Here we review this new dual-receiver CTS setup and present results on fast-ion measurements based on the improved background characterization. These results have been obtained both with and without NBI heating, and with the measurement volume located close to the centre of the plasma. The measurements agree quantitatively with predictions of numerical simulations. Hence, CTS studies of fast-ion dynamics at ASDEX Upgrade are now feasible. The new background subtraction technique could be important for the design of CTS systems in other fusion experiments.

  8. Frequency measurements of the gyrotrons used for collective Thomson scattering diagnostics at TEXTOR and ASDEX Upgrade

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    Woskov, P.; Bindslev, H.; Leipold, F.; Meo, F.; Nielsen, S. K.; Tsakadze, E. L.; Korsholm, S. B.; Scholten, J.; Tito, C.; Westerhof, E.; Oosterbeek, J. W.; Leuterer, F.; Monaco, F.; Muenich, M.; Wagner, D.

    2006-10-15

    High resolution frequency measurements of the 110 GHz gyrotron at TEXTOR and the 105 GHz mode of the two-frequency gyrotron (Odissey-1) at ASDEX Upgrade (AUG) have been made in support of fast ion collective Thomson scattering diagnostics. Measurements were done by harmonic heterodyne methods using both fast Fourier transform spectroscopy with digital oscilloscopes and fast scanning spectrum analyzers. Accurate frequencies were obtained with a frequency counter. At TEXTOR, at 180 kW forward power the starting frequency was 109.970{+-}0.005 GHz and chirped down as much as 27 MHz depending on the duty factor. At AUG, at 500 kW forward power the frequency started at 104.786 GHz and chirped down 104 MHz, with 90% of the chirp occurring in the first 100 ms. Plasma perturbation of the TEXTOR gyrotron was observed when both ion cyclotron resonance heating antennas and neutral beam injection were operating, producing modulation at 29 and 58 MHz in the gyrotron output. Each gyrotron was observed to have an instrumental measurement limited linewidth of 120 kHz full width at half maximum.

  9. Dynamics of fast ions during sawtooth oscillations in the TEXTOR tokamak measured by collective Thomson scattering

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    Nielsen, S. K.; Salewski, M.; Bindslev, H.; Bürger, A.; Furtula, V.; Kantor, M.; Korsholm, S. B.; Koslowski, H. R.; Krämer-Flecken, A.; Leipold, F.; Meo, F.; Michelsen, P. K.; Moseev, D.; Oosterbeek, J. W.; Stejner, M.; Westerhof, E.; TEXTOR Team

    2011-06-01

    Experimental investigations of sawteeth interaction with fast ions measured by collective Thomson scattering on TEXTOR are presented. Time-resolved measurements of localized 1D fast-ion distribution functions allow us to study fast-ion dynamics during several sawtooth cycles. Sawtooth oscillations interact strongly with the fast-ion population in a wide range of plasma parameters. Part of the ion phase space density oscillates out of phase with the sawtooth oscillation during hydrogen neutral beam injection (NBI). These oscillations most likely originate from fast hydrogen ions with energies close to the full injection energy. At lower energies passing fast ions in the plasma centre are strongly redistributed at the time of sawtooth collapse but no redistribution of trapped fast ions is observed. The redistribution of fast ions from deuterium NBI in the plasma centre is found to vary throughout velocity space. The reduction is most pronounced for passing ions. We find no evidence of inverted sawteeth outside the sawtooth inversion surface in the fast-ion distribution function.

  10. A study of core Thomson scattering measurements in ITER using a multi-laser approach

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    Kurskiev, G. S.; Sdvizhenskii, P. A.; Bassan, M.; Andrew, P.; Bazhenov, A. N.; Bukreev, I. M.; Chernakov, P. V.; Kochergin, M. M.; Kukushkin, A. B.; Kukushkin, A. S.; Mukhin, E. E.; Razdobarin, A. G.; Samsonov, D. S.; Semenov, V. V.; Tolstyakov, S. Yu.; Kajita, S.; Masyukevich, S. V.

    2015-05-01

    The electron component is the main channel for anomalous power loss and the main indicator of transient processes in the tokamak plasma. The electron temperature and density profiles mainly determine the operational mode of the machine. This imposes demanding requirements on the precision and on the spatial and temporal resolution of the Thomson scattering (TS) measurements. Measurements of such high electron temperature with good accuracy in a large fusion device such as ITER using TS encounter a number of physical problems. The 40 keV TS spectrum has a significant blue shift. Due to the transmission functions of the fibres and to their darkening that can occur under a strong neutron irradiation, the operational wavelength range is bounded on the blue side. For example, high temperature measurements become impossible with the 1064 nm probing wavelength since the TS signal within the boundaries of the operational window weakly depends on Te. The second problem is connected with the TS calibration. The TS system for a large fusion machine like ITER will have a set of optical components inaccessible for maintenance, and their spectral characteristics may change with time. Since the present concept of the TS system for ITER relies on the classical approach to measuring the shape of the scattered spectra using wide spectral channels, the diagnostic will be very sensitive to the changes in the optical transmission. The third complication is connected with the deviation of the electron velocity distribution function from a Maxwellian that can happen under a strong ECRH/ECCD, and it may additionally hamper the measurements. This paper analyses the advantages of a ‘multi-laser approach’ implementation for the current design of the core TS system. Such an approach assumes simultaneous plasma probing with different wavelengths that allows the measurement accuracy to be improved significantly and to perform the spectral calibration of the TS system. Comparative analysis

  11. Multi-Point Interferometric Rayleigh Scattering using Dual-Pass Light Recirculation

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    Bivolaru, Daniel; Danehy, Paul M.; Cutler, Andrew D.

    2008-01-01

    This paper describes for the first time an interferometric Rayleigh scattering system using dual-pass light recirculation (IRS-LR) capable of simultaneously measuring at multiple points two orthogonal components of flow velocity in combustion flows using single shot laser probing. An additional optical path containing the interferometer input mirror, a quarter-wave plate, a polarization dependent beam combiner, and a high reflectivity mirror partially recirculates the light that is rejected by the interferometer. Temporally- and spatially-resolved acquisitions of Rayleigh spectra in a large-scale combustion-heated supersonic axi-symmetric jet were performed to demonstrate the technique. Recirculating of Rayleigh scattered light increases the number of photons analyzed by the system up to a factor of 1.8 compared with previous configurations. This is equivalent to performing measurements with less laser energy or performing measurements with the previous system in gas flows at higher temperatures.

  12. Development of polarization-controlled multi-pass Thomson scattering system in the GAMMA 10 tandem mirror

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    Yoshikawa, M.; Morimoto, M.; Shima, Y.; Kohagura, J.; Sakamoto, M.; Nakashima, Y.; Imai, T.; Yasuhara, R.; Yamada, I.; Kawahata, K.; Funaba, H.; Minami, T.

    2012-10-15

    In the GAMMA 10 tandem mirror, the typical electron density is comparable to that of the peripheral plasma of torus-type fusion devices. Therefore, an effective method to increase Thomson scattering (TS) signals is required in order to improve signal quality. In GAMMA 10, the yttrium-aluminum-garnet (YAG)-TS system comprises a laser, incident optics, light collection optics, signal detection electronics, and a data recording system. We have been developing a multi-pass TS method for a polarization-based system based on the GAMMA 10 YAG TS. To evaluate the effectiveness of the polarization-based configuration, the multi-pass system was installed in the GAMMA 10 YAG-TS system, which is capable of double-pass scattering. We carried out a Rayleigh scattering experiment and applied this double-pass scattering system to the GAMMA 10 plasma. The integrated scattering signal was made about twice as large by the double-pass system.

  13. Demonstration of Successful X-ray Thomson Scattering Using Picosecond K-(alpha) X-ray Sources for the Characterization of Dense Heated Matter

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    Kritcher, A; Neumayer, P; Lee, H J; Doeppner, T; Falcone, R; Glenzer, S; Morse, E C

    2008-05-05

    We discuss the first successful K-{alpha} x-ray Thomson scattering experiment from solid density plasmas for use as a diagnostic in determining the temperature, density, and ionization state of warm dense matter with picosecond resolution. The development of this source as a diagnostic and stringent requirements for successful K-{alpha} x-ray Thomson scattering are addressed. Data for the experimental techniques described in this paper [1] suggest the capability of single shot characterization of warm dense matter and the ability to use this scattering source at future Free Electron Lasers (FEL) where comparable scattering signal levels are predicted.

  14. Frequency scaling law for nonlinear Compton and Thomson scattering: Relevance of spin and polarization effects

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    Krajewska, K.; Kamiński, J. Z.

    2014-11-01

    The distributions of Compton and Thomson radiation for a shaped laser pulse colliding with a free electron are calculated in the framework of quantum and classical electrodynamics, respectively. We introduce a scaling law for the Compton and the Thomson frequency distributions which universally applies to long and short incident pulses. Thus, we extend the validity of frequency scaling postulated in previous studies comparing nonlinear Compton and Thomson processes. The scaling law introduced in this paper relates the Compton no-spin flipping process to the Thomson process over nearly the entire spectrum of emitted radiation, including its high-energy portion. By applying the frequency scaling, we identify that both spin and polarization effects are responsible for differences between classical and quantum results. The same frequency scaling applies to angular distributions and to temporal power distributions of emitted radiation, which we illustrate numerically.

  15. Calculation of the nonlinear relativistic Thomson scattering fields and Its application to electron distribution function diagnostic

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    Guasp, J.; Pastor, I.; Álvarez-Estrada, R. F.; Castejón, F.

    2015-02-01

    Analytical results obtained recently of the ab-initio classical incoherent Thomson Scattering (TS) spectrum from a single-electron (Alvarez-Estrada et al 2012 Phys. Plasmas 19 062302) have been numerically implemented in a paralelized code to efficiently compute the TS emission from a given electron distribution function, irrespective of its characteristics and/or the intensity of the incoming radiation. These analytical results display certain differences, when compared with other authors, in the general case of incoming linearly and circularly polarized radiation and electrons with arbitrary initial directions. We regard such discrepancies and the ubiquitous interest in TS as motivations for this work. Here, we implement some analytical advances (like generalized Bessel functions for incoming linearly polarized radiation) in TS. The bulk of this work reports on the efficient computation of TS spectra (based upon our analytical approach), for an electron population having an essentially arbitrary distribution function and for both incoming linearly and circularly polarized radiation. A detailed comparison between the present approach and a previous Monte Carlo one (Pastor et al 2011 Nuclear Fusion 51 043011), dealing with the ab-initio computation of TS spectra, is reported. Both approaches are shown to fully agree with each other. As key computational improvements, the analytical technique yields a × 30 to × 100 gain in computation time and is a very flexible tool to compute the scattered spectrum and eventually the scattered electromagnetic fields in the time domain. The latter are computed explicitly here for the first time, as far as we know. Scaling laws for the power integrated over frequency versus initial kinetic energy are studied for the case of isotropic and monoenergetic electron distribution functions and their potential application as diagnostic tools for high-energy populations is briefly discussed. Finally, we discuss the application of these

  16. Three-dimensional time and frequency-domain theory of femtosecond x-ray pulse generation through Thomson Scattering

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    Brown, W J; Hartemann, F V

    2004-01-27

    The generation of high intensity, ultra-short x-ray pulses enables exciting new experimental capabilities, such as femtosecond pump-probe experiments used to temporally resolve material structural dynamics on atomic time scales. Thomson backscattering of a high intensity laser pulse with a bright relativistic electron bunch is a promising method for producing such high brightness x-ray pulses in the 10-100 keV range within a compact facility. While a variety of methods for producing sub-picosecond x-ray bursts by Thomson scattering exist, including compression of the electron bunch to sub-picosecond bunch lengths and/or colliding a sub-picosecond laser pulse in a side-on geometry to minimize the interaction time, a promising alternative approach to achieving this goal while maintaining ultra-high brightness is the production of a time correlated (or chirped) x-ray pulse in conjunction with pulse slicing or compression. We present the results of a complete analysis of this process using a recently developed 3-D time and frequency-domain code for analyzing the spatial, temporal, and spectral properties an x-ray beam produced by relativistic Thomson scattering. Based on the relativistic differential cross section, this code has the capability to calculate time and space dependent spectra of the x-ray photons produced from linear Thomson scattering for both bandwidth-limited and chirped incident laser pulses. Spectral broadening of the scattered x-ray pulse resulting from the incident laser bandwidth, laser focus, and the transverse and longitudinal phase space of the electron beam were examined. Simulations of chirped x-ray pulse production using both a chirped electron beam and a chirped laser pulse are presented. Required electron beam and laser parameters are summarized by investigating the effects of beam emittance, energy spread, and laser bandwidth on the scattered x-ray spectrum. It is shown that sufficient temporal correlation in the scattered x-ray spectrum

  17. First results of electron temperature measurements by the use of multi-pass Thomson scattering system in GAMMA 10.

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    Yoshikawa, M; Yasuhara, R; Nagasu, K; Shimamura, Y; Shima, Y; Kohagura, J; Sakamoto, M; Nakashima, Y; Imai, T; Ichimura, M; Yamada, I; Funaba, H; Kawahata, K; Minami, T

    2014-11-01

    A multi-pass Thomson scattering (TS) has the advantage of enhancing scattered signals. We constructed a multi-pass TS system for a polarisation-based system and an image relaying system modelled on the GAMMA 10 TS system. We undertook Raman scattering experiments both for the multi-pass setting and for checking the optical components. Moreover, we applied the system to the electron temperature measurements in the GAMMA 10 plasma for the first time. The integrated scattering signal was magnified by approximately three times by using the multi-pass TS system with four passes. The electron temperature measurement accuracy is improved by using this multi-pass system. PMID:25430214

  18. Study of near scrape-off layer (SOL) temperature and density gradient lengths with Thomson scattering

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    Sun, H. J.; Wolfrum, E.; Eich, T.; Kurzan, B.; Potzel, S.; Stroth, U.; the ASDEX Upgrade Team

    2015-12-01

    Improvements to the Thomson scattering diagnostic have enabled the study of near scrape-off layer (SOL) decay lengths in the 2014 ASDEX Upgrade experimental campaign. A database of H-mode discharges has been studied using a two-line fit method for the core and log-linear fit for the near SOL region under both attached and detached divertor conditions. SOL electron temperature {{T}e} profiles have been found to have a radial exponential decay distribution which does not vary poloidally, consistent with the two-point model. In attached H-mode regimes, a log-linear regression shows that the SOL upstream dataset has the same main parametric dependencies as the scaling inferred from downstream Infrared camera measurements. A simple collisional relation from two-point model is found to best relate the upstream decay lengths and downstream divertor power widths. The SOL {{T}e} gradient length appears to be independent of {{T}e} pedestal parameters, but may correlate with the pedestal electron pressure parameters. Both the pedestal and SOL density and temperature scale lengths are linearly correlated with an almost constant gradient ratio, {ηe} . The smaller gradient ratio {ηe} and the fact that the Spitzer-Härm model is more valid, agrees with the studied plasma lying in the collisional regime. A transition to flat SOL ne profiles, previously reported for L-mode plasmas in many machines, has been observed in AUG detatched H-mode regimes. When the flattening of density profile happens in H-mode detached plasmas, the broadening of near SOL {{T}e} decay length {λ{{Te,u}}} also appears which may be good news for future machines.

  19. A Flexible Master Oscillator for a Thomson Scattering Pulse-Burst Laser System

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    den Hartog, D. J.; Young, W. C.

    2015-11-01

    A new master oscillator will be installed in the pulse-burst laser system used for high-rep-rate Thomson scattering on the MST experiment. This new master oscillator will enable pulse repetition rates up to 1 MHz, with the ability to program a burst of pulses with arbitrary and varying time separation between each pulse. In addition, the energy of each master oscillator pulse can be adjusted to compensate for gain variations in the power amplifier section of the laser system. This flexibility is accomplished by chopping a CW laser source with a high-bandwidth acousto-optic modulator (AOM). The laser source is a 1064 nm diode-pumped solid-state laser with continuous output power variable from 100 to 500 mW. The 2 mm diameter polarized beam is focused into the gallium phosphide crystal of the AOM, which deflects the beam by approximately 60 mrad. Beam deflection is controlled by a simple digital input pulse, and is capable of producing laser pulses of less than 20 ns width at repetition rates much greater than 1 MHz. These pulses from the output of the AOM will be collimated and propagated into the laser amplifier system, where they will be amplified to ~ 2 J/pulse and injected into the MST plasma. This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences under Award Number DE-FC02-05ER54814, and by the National Science Foundation under Award Number PHY-0821899.

  20. New physics capabilities from the upgraded Thomson scattering diagnostic on MAST

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    Gibson, K. J.; Barratt, N.; Chapman, I.; Conway, N.; Dunstan, M. R.; Field, A. R.; Garzotti, L.; Kirk, A.; Lloyd, B.; Meyer, H.; Naylor, G.; O'Gorman, T.; Scannell, R.; Shibaev, S.; Snape, J.; Tallents, G. J.; Temple, D.; Thornton, A.; Pinches, S.; Valovic, M.; Walsh, M. J.; Wilson, H. R.; MAST Team

    2010-12-01

    The newly upgraded MAST Thomson scattering (TS) system provides excellent spatial resolution (~1 cm) at over 130 radial locations across a full plasma diameter, and utilizes eight individual Nd: :YAG laser systems which can be fired sequentially, providing electron temperature and density profiles approximately every 4 ms throughout a plasma discharge. By operating the system in burst mode, whereby the laser separation can be adjusted to within a few microseconds of each other, it is possible to obtain detailed profiles of transient and periodic phenomena such as sawteeth crashes, massive gas injection for disruption mitigation and the temperature perturbations associated with neoclassical tearing mode (NTM) islands. Following Fitzpatrick et al (1995 Phys. Plasmas 2 825), we consider a simplified model in which finite parallel diffusive heat transport can provide a threshold for NTM island growth and demonstrate that the TS derived electron temperature profiles around an island can be used to obtain both the island width and the critical island width below which temperature gradients are maintained across the island, potentially removing the bootstrap current drive for the NTM. Initial results from high beta, neutral beam injection heated discharges on MAST show that the measured island width inferred from the TS data is in good agreement with magnetic estimates of the island width (considering both a cylindrical approximation and using a full field line tracing estimate). The temporal behaviour of the island width obtained from the magnetic diagnostics indicates that for the scenarios considered to date, finite parallel diffusion is likely to play an important role in NTM threshold physics in MAST.

  1. High-brightness, high-energy radiation generation from non-linear Thomson scattering of laser wakefield accelerated electrons

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    Schumaker, W.; Zhao, Z.; Thomas, A. G. R.; Krushelnick, K.; Sarri, G.; Corvan, D.; Zepf, M.; Cole, J.; Mangles, S. P. D.; Najmudin, Z.

    2014-10-01

    To date, all-optical sources of high-energy (>MeV) photons have only been reported in the linear (a0 < 1) regime of Thomson scattering using laser wakefield acceleration (LWFA). We present novel results of high-brightness, high-energy photons generated via non-linear Thomson scattering using the two-beam Astra-Gemini laser facility. With one 300 TW beam, electrons were first accelerated to 500 MeV energies inside gas cells through the process of LWFA. A second 300 TW laser pulse focused to a0 = 2 was subsequently scattered off these electrons, resulting in a highly directional, small source size, and short pulse beam of photons with >10 MeV energies. The photon beam was propagated through a low- Z converter and produced Compton-scattered electrons that were spectrally measured by magnetic deflection and correlated with the incident photons. The measured photon yield at 15 MeV was 2 ×106 photons/MeV and, when coupled with the small source size, divergence, and pulse duration, results in a record peak brightness of 2 ×1019 photons/s/mm2/mrad2/0.1%bandwidth at 15 MeV photon energy. Current Affiliation: Stanford University/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

  2. Ultra-fast x-ray Thomson scattering measurements of coalescing shock-heated matter

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    Kritcher, A; Neumayer, P; Castor, J; Doppner, T; Falcone, R W; Landen, O L; Lee, H J; Lee, R W; Morse, E C; Ng, A; Pollaine, S; Price, D; Glenzer, S H

    2008-05-29

    The experiment in this work was preformed at the Titan laser facility (S1) where a short pulse beam at a wavelength of 1053nm delivered up to 350J in 0.5 to 20 ps and a long pulse beam at 527nm, 2{omega} frequency provided energies up to 450J in 1 to 6 ns. Long pulse shaping in this experiment, similar to future capabilities at NIF, was primarily a 4ns long foot with an intensity of 1 x 10{sup 13} W/cm{sup 2}, followed by a 2ns long peak with an intensity of 3 x 10{sup 13} W/cm{sup 2}. A {approx} 600 um phase plate was used on the long pulse beam to moderate non-uniformities in the intensity profile. An illustration of the Thomson scattering setup for this experiment is provided in Fig. 1 of the main text. A nearly mono-energetic scattering source of {Delta}E/E {approx} 0.3% in the 4.5 keV Ti K-alpha line was produced via intense short-pulse laser irradiation of 1.9 x 3 x 0.01 mm Ti foils, creating energetic keV electrons in the process (S2, S3). The nearly isotropic source emission (S4) is produced in the cold solid density bulk of the foil from electron K shell ionization of neutral or weakly ionized atoms, with an emission size on the order of the laser focal spot. By optimizing the laser intensity and pulse width to 4.4 x 10{sup 16} W cm{sup -2}, a total of 2.3 x 10{sup 13} x-ray photons have been produced into 4{pi}. This value corresponds to a conversion efficiency of laser energy into Ti K-alpha x-ray energy of 5 x 10{sup -5}, see Fig. S1. These sources provide {approx}10 ps x-ray pulses as measured experimentally (S5).

  3. Enhancement of Thomson scatter by charged aerosols in the polar mesosphere - Measurements with a 1.29-GHz radar

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    Cho, John Y. N.; Kelley, Michael C.; Heinselman, Craig J.

    1992-01-01

    The summer polar mesosphere was observed with the Sondrestrom 1.29-GHz radar with a new high-resolution data acquisition mode. On one occasion, a spatially narrow enhancement in the backscattered power was seen near an altitude of 88 km. Possible explanations are discussed and it is proposed that this layer may be the first example of polar mesosphere summer echoes detected above 1 GHz. Specifically, suggested that these echoes are enhanced Thomson scatter from a layer of charged aerosols, and speculate on the size and charge state.

  4. Benchmark and combined velocity-space tomography of fast-ion D-alpha spectroscopy and collective Thomson scattering measurements

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    Jacobsen, A. S.; Salewski, M.; Geiger, B.; Korsholm, S. B.; Leipold, F.; Nielsen, S. K.; Rasmussen, J.; Stejner, M.; Weiland, M.; the ASDEX Upgrade Team

    2016-04-01

    We demonstrate the combination of fast-ion D-alpha spectroscopy (FIDA) and collective Thomson scattering (CTS) measurements to determine a common best estimate of the fast-ion velocity distribution function by velocity-space tomography. We further demonstrate a benchmark of FIDA tomography and CTS measurements without using a numerical simulation as common reference. Combined velocity-space tomographies from FIDA and CTS measurements confirm that sawtooth crashes reduce the fast-ion phase-space densities in the plasma center and affect ions with pitches close to one more strongly than those with pitches close to zero.

  5. Evidence for out-of-equilibrium states in warm dense matter probed by x-ray Thomson scattering.

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    Clérouin, Jean; Robert, Grégory; Arnault, Philippe; Ticknor, Christopher; Kress, Joel D; Collins, Lee A

    2015-01-01

    A recent and unexpected discrepancy between ab initio simulations and the interpretation of a laser shock experiment on aluminum, probed by x-ray Thomson scattering (XRTS), is addressed. The ion-ion structure factor deduced from the XRTS elastic peak (ion feature) is only compatible with a strongly coupled out-of-equilibrium state. Orbital free molecular dynamics simulations with ions colder than the electrons are employed to interpret the experiment. The relevance of decoupled temperatures for ions and electrons is discussed. The possibility that it mimics a transient, or metastable, out-of-equilibrium state after melting is also suggested. PMID:25679563

  6. Development of a collective Thomson scattering system for laser-produced tin plasmas for extreme-ultraviolet light sources

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    Tomita, Kentaro; Sato, Yuta; Nishikawa, Kazutaka; Uchino, Kiichiro; Yanagida, Tatsuya; Tomuro, Hiroaki; Wada, Yasunori; Kunishima, Masahito; Kodama, Takeshi; Mizoguchi, Hakaru; Sunahara, Atsushi

    2015-12-01

    Spatial profiles of electron density (ne) and electron temperature (Te) of laser-produced Sn plasmas for extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) light sources have been obtained using a new collective Thomson scattering system, which has been optimized for the measurement of the ion feature spectrum. The system has an 18 pm spectral resolution, a 5 ns temporal resolution, a 50 µm spatial resolution, and sufficient stray-light rejection near the probing laser wavelength. With this system, measurements of the laser-produced Sn plasmas in the parameter ranges of 3 × 1023 < ne < 1025 m-3 and 10 < Te < 20 eV have been performed.

  7. High-resolution Thomson scattering system on the COMPASS tokamak: Evaluation of plasma parameters and error analysis

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    Aftanas, M.; Bohm, P.; Bilkova, P.; Weinzettl, V.; Zajac, J.; Zacek, F.; Stockel, J.; Hron, M.; Panek, R.; Scannell, R.; Walsh, M. J.

    2012-10-15

    The electron density and temperature profiles measured by the Thomson scattering diagnostic on the COMPASS tokamak are used for estimation of electron kinetic energy, energy confinement time, and effective charge number Z{sub eff}. Data are compared with the line-integrated electron density measured by a microwave interferometer in an ohmically heated plasma with a circular cross section. An error analysis of both electron temperature and density are performed by two methods-a constant chi-square boundaries method and a Monte Carlo simulation, determining asymmetrical error bars for the electron temperature.

  8. Evolution of the millimeter-wave collective Thomson scattering system of the high-field tokamak Frascati Tokamak Upgrade.

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    Tartari, U; Grosso, G; Granucci, G; Gandini, F; Garavaglia, S; Grossetti, G; Simonetto, A; Mellera, V; Muzzini, V; Lubyako, L; Shalashov, A; Orsitto, F P; Ciccone, G; Volpe, F

    2007-04-01

    We first describe the improved receiving system of the diagnostic experiment of millimeter-wave collective Thomson scattering being run on the Frascati Tokamak Upgrade (FTU), and then discuss some peculiar problems and new operating procedures related to the investigation of strong anomalous spectra of nonthermal origin, many-orders-of-magnitude stronger than the ion thermal feature merged in them, systematically observed in the experimentation, and finally ascribed to a perturbation of the gyrotron that generates the probing beam. Arguments in favor of a more general valence of the solutions actuated for the specific case of FTU are finally given. PMID:17477659

  9. BRIEF COMMUNICATION: Fast-ion redistribution due to sawtooth crash in the TEXTOR tokamak measured by collective Thomson scattering

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    Nielsen, S. K.; Bindslev, H.; Salewski, M.; Bürger, A.; Delabie, E.; Furtula, V.; Kantor, M.; Korsholm, S. B.; Leipold, F.; Meo, F.; Michelsen, P. K.; Moseev, D.; Oosterbeek, J. W.; Stejner, M.; Westerhof, E.; Woskov, P.; TEXTOR Team

    2010-09-01

    Here we present collective Thomson scattering measurements of 1D fast-ion velocity distribution functions in neutral beam heated TEXTOR plasmas with sawtooth oscillations. Up to 50% of the fast ions in the centre are redistributed as a consequence of a sawtooth crash. We resolve various directions to the magnetic field. The fast-ion distribution is found to be anisotropic as expected. For a resolved angle of 39° to the magnetic field we find a drop in the fast-ion distribution of 20-40%. For a resolved angle of 83° to the magnetic field the drop is no larger than 20%.

  10. Anisotropic electron temperature measurements without knowing the spectral transmissivity for a JT-60SA Thomson scattering diagnostic

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    Tojo, H.; Hatae, T.; Yatsuka, E.; Itami, K.

    2012-10-15

    This paper focuses on a method for measuring the electron temperature (T{sub e}) without knowing the transmissivity using Thomson scattering diagnostic with a double-pass scattering system. Application of this method for measuring the anisotropic T{sub e}, i.e., the T{sub e} in the directions parallel (T{sub e Double-Vertical-Line Double-Vertical-Line }) and perpendicular (T{sub e Up-Tack }) to the magnetic field, is proposed. Simulations based on the designed parameters for a JT-60SA indicate the feasibility of the measurements except in certain T{sub e} ranges, e.g., T{sub e Double-Vertical-Line Double-Vertical-Line }{approx} 3.5T{sub e Up-Tack} at 120 Degree-Sign of the scattering angle.

  11. Short Pulse High Brightness X-ray Production with the PLEIADES Thomson Scattering Source

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    Anderson, S G; Barty, C P J; Betts, S M; Brown, W J; Crane, J K; Cross, R R; Fittinghoff, D N; Gibson, D J; Hartemann, F V; Kuba, J; LaSage, G P; Rosenzweig, J B; Slaughter, D R; Springer, P T; Tremaine, A M

    2003-07-01

    We describe PLEIADES, a compact, tunable, high-brightness, ultra-short pulse, Thomson x-ray source. The peak brightness of the source is expected to exceed 10{sup 20} photons/s/0.1% bandwidth/mm{sup 2}/mrad{sup 2}. Initial results are reported and compared to theoretical calculations.

  12. Comparison of the electron density measurements using Thomson scattering and emission spectroscopy for laser induced breakdown in one atmosphere of helium

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    Nedanovska, E.; Nersisyan, G.; Lewis, C. L. S.; Riley, D.; Graham, W. G.; Morgan, T. J.; Huewel, L.

    2011-12-26

    Thomson scattering from laser-induced plasma in atmospheric helium was used to obtain temporally and spatially resolved electron temperature and density profiles. Electron density measurements at 5 {mu}s after breakdown are compared with those derived from the separation of the allowed and forbidden components of the 447.1 nm He I line. Plasma is created using 9 ns, 140 mJ pulses from Nd:YAG laser at 1064 nm. Electron densities of {approx}5 x 10{sup 16 }cm{sup -3} are in good agreement with Thomson scattering measurements, benchmarking this emission line as a useful diagnostic for high density plasmas.

  13. Generation of bright attosecond x-ray pulse trains via Thomson scattering from laser-plasma accelerators.

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    Luo, W; Yu, T P; Chen, M; Song, Y M; Zhu, Z C; Ma, Y Y; Zhuo, H B

    2014-12-29

    Generation of attosecond x-ray pulse attracts more and more attention within the advanced light source user community due to its potentially wide applications. Here we propose an all-optical scheme to generate bright, attosecond hard x-ray pulse trains by Thomson backscattering of similarly structured electron beams produced in a vacuum channel by a tightly focused laser pulse. Design parameters for a proof-of-concept experiment are presented and demonstrated by using a particle-in-cell code and a four-dimensional laser-Compton scattering simulation code to model both the laser-based electron acceleration and Thomson scattering processes. Trains of 200 attosecond duration hard x-ray pulses holding stable longitudinal spacing with photon energies approaching 50 keV and maximum achievable peak brightness up to 1020 photons/s/mm2/mrad2/0.1%BW for each micro-bunch are observed. The suggested physical scheme for attosecond x-ray pulse trains generation may directly access the fastest time scales relevant to electron dynamics in atoms, molecules and materials. PMID:25607175

  14. Thomson-Scattering Measurements of Ion-Acoustic Wave Amplitudes Driven by the Two-Plasmon-Decay Instability

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    Follett, R. K.; Michel, D. T.; Myatt, J. F.; Hu, S. X.; Yaakobi, B.; Froula, D. H.

    2012-10-01

    Thomson scattering was used to measure enhanced ion-acoustic waves (IAW's) driven by the two-plasmon-decay (TPD) instability. The IAW amplitude scales with the 3/2φ emission (a TPD signature). Up to 20 beams with 860-μm-diam laser spots generated by 2-ns-long pulses of 3φ (0.351-μm) light with overlapped intensities up to 4 x 10^14 W/cm^2 were used to produce ˜300-μm density-scale lengths. The IAW amplitudes were measured using 4φ Thomson scattering near 3φ quarter-critical densities. Time-resolved 3/2φ spectroscopy was used to compare the amplitude of 3/2φ emission to the IAW amplitude. QZAKfootnotetext K. Y. Sanbonmatsu et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 932 (1999).^,footnotetext K. Y. Sanbonmatsu et al., Phys. Plasmas 7, 2824 (2000). modeling shows a similar onset threshold and wave amplitude as the experiments. The model suggests that the source of the IAW growth is from the beating of electron-plasma waves, which drive density perturbations through the ponderomotive force. This conclusion is supported by the experimental geometry. This process is shown to be a saturation mechanism for TPD from simulations.footnotetext R. Yan et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 175002 (2009). This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Inertial Confinement Fusion under Cooperative Agreement No. DE-FC52-08NA28302.

  15. Qualification of a high-efficiency, gated spectrometer for x-ray Thomson scattering on the National Ignition Facilitya)

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    Döppner, T.; Kritcher, A. L.; Neumayer, P.; Kraus, D.; Bachmann, B.; Burns, S.; Falcone, R. W.; Glenzer, S. H.; Hawreliak, J.; House, A.; Landen, O. L.; LePape, S.; Ma, T.; Pak, A.; Swift, D.

    2014-11-01

    We have designed, built, and successfully fielded a highly efficient and gated Bragg crystal spectrometer for x-ray Thomson scattering measurements on the National Ignition Facility (NIF). It utilizes a cylindrically curved Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite crystal. Its spectral range of 7.4-10 keV is optimized for scattering experiments using a Zn He-α x-ray probe at 9.0 keV or Mo K-shell line emission around 18 keV in second diffraction order. The spectrometer has been designed as a diagnostic instrument manipulator-based instrument for the NIF target chamber at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA. Here, we report on details of the spectrometer snout, its novel debris shield configuration and an in situ spectral calibration experiment with a Brass foil target, which demonstrated a spectral resolution of E/ΔE = 220 at 9.8 keV.

  16. Qualification of a high-efficiency, gated spectrometer for x-ray Thomson scattering on the National Ignition Facility.

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    Döppner, T; Kritcher, A L; Neumayer, P; Kraus, D; Bachmann, B; Burns, S; Falcone, R W; Glenzer, S H; Hawreliak, J; House, A; Landen, O L; LePape, S; Ma, T; Pak, A; Swift, D

    2014-11-01

    We have designed, built, and successfully fielded a highly efficient and gated Bragg crystal spectrometer for x-ray Thomson scattering measurements on the National Ignition Facility (NIF). It utilizes a cylindrically curved Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite crystal. Its spectral range of 7.4-10 keV is optimized for scattering experiments using a Zn He-α x-ray probe at 9.0 keV or Mo K-shell line emission around 18 keV in second diffraction order. The spectrometer has been designed as a diagnostic instrument manipulator-based instrument for the NIF target chamber at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA. Here, we report on details of the spectrometer snout, its novel debris shield configuration and an in situ spectral calibration experiment with a Brass foil target, which demonstrated a spectral resolution of E/ΔE = 220 at 9.8 keV. PMID:25430193

  17. Quantifying noise sources in the KSTAR 2014 Thomson Scattering system from the measured variation on electron temperature

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    Oh, T.-S.; Kim, K. H.; Lee, J. H.; Lee, S. H.; Scannell, R.; Field, A. R.; Cho, K.; Bawa'aneh, M. S.; Ghim, Y.-c.

    2016-03-01

    With the Thomson scattering (TS) system in KSTAR, temporal evolution of electron temperature (Te) is estimated using a weighted look-up table method with fast sampling (1.25 or 2.5 GS/s) digitizers during the 2014 KSTAR campaign. Background noise level is used as a weighting parameter without considering the photon noise due to the absence of information on absolute photon counts detected by the TS system. Estimated electron temperature during a relatively quiescent discharge are scattered, i.e., 15% variation on Te with respect to its mean value. We find that this 15% variation on Te cannot be explained solely by the background noise level which leads us to include photon noise effects in our analysis. Using synthetic data, we have estimated the required photon noise level consistent with the observation and determined the dominant noise source in KSTAR TS system.

  18. Simulation of dark current and dark current-induced background photons in the Thomson scattering X-ray source

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    Zheng, Lianmin; Du, Yingchao; Huang, Wenhui; Tang, Chuanxiang

    2015-11-01

    A model of dark current generation in the photocathode radio-frequency (RF) gun is established in the Thomson scattering X-ray source, and dark current transport and losses along the beamline are simulated. A velocity bunching cavity is added between the RF gun and the first linac to achieve the longitudinal compression of the photoelectron bunches. Given the longitudinal acceleration and the transverse focusing of the bunching cavity, the dark current electrons with bunching are approximately three times more than those without bunching, and this condition aggravates the harm to the operation of the photoinjector. Numerous dark current electrons around the electron-laser interaction section hit against the pipe inner wall and two laser focusing mirrors, producing a large number of background photons. A simulation of the bremsstrahlung process using an MCNP code is presented, showing that the background photon yield is less than 2.1% of the scattering photon yield, which is acceptable for our application.

  19. Qualification of a high-efficiency, gated spectrometer for x-ray Thomson scattering on the National Ignition Facility

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    Döppner, T.; Kritcher, A. L.; Bachmann, B.; Burns, S.; Hawreliak, J.; House, A.; Landen, O. L.; LePape, S.; Ma, T.; Pak, A.; Swift, D.; Neumayer, P.; Kraus, D.; Falcone, R. W.; Glenzer, S. H.

    2014-11-15

    We have designed, built, and successfully fielded a highly efficient and gated Bragg crystal spectrometer for x-ray Thomson scattering measurements on the National Ignition Facility (NIF). It utilizes a cylindrically curved Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite crystal. Its spectral range of 7.4–10 keV is optimized for scattering experiments using a Zn He-α x-ray probe at 9.0 keV or Mo K-shell line emission around 18 keV in second diffraction order. The spectrometer has been designed as a diagnostic instrument manipulator-based instrument for the NIF target chamber at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA. Here, we report on details of the spectrometer snout, its novel debris shield configuration and an in situ spectral calibration experiment with a Brass foil target, which demonstrated a spectral resolution of E/ΔE = 220 at 9.8 keV.

  20. Simulating x-ray Thomson scattering signals from high-density, millimetre-scale plasmas at the National Ignition Facility

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    Chapman, D. A.; Kraus, D.; Falcone, R. W.; Kritcher, A. L.; Bachmann, B.; Collins, G. W.; Gaffney, J. A.; Hawreliak, J. A.; Landen, O. L.; Le Pape, S.; Ma, T.; Nilsen, J.; Pak, A.; Swift, D. C.; Döppner, T.; Gericke, D. O.; Glenzer, S. H.; Guymer, T. M.; Neumayer, P.; Redmer, R.; and others

    2014-08-15

    We have developed a model for analysing x-ray Thomson scattering data from high-density, millimetre-scale inhomogeneous plasmas created during ultra-high pressure implosions at the National Ignition Facility in a spherically convergent geometry. The density weighting of the scattered signal and attenuation of the incident and scattered x-rays throughout the target are included using radial profiles of the density, opacity, ionization state, and temperature provided by radiation-hydrodynamics simulations. These simulations show that the scattered signal is strongly weighted toward the bulk of the shocked plasma and the Fermi degenerate material near the ablation front. We show that the scattered signal provides a good representation of the temperature of this highly nonuniform bulk plasma and can be determined to an accuracy of ca. 15% using typical data analysis techniques with simple 0D calculations. On the other hand, the mean ionization of the carbon in the bulk is underestimated. We suggest that this discrepancy is due to the convolution of scattering profiles from different regions of the target. Subsequently, we discuss modifications to the current platform to minimise the impact of inhomogeneities, as well as opacity, and also to enable probing of conditions more strongly weighted toward the compressed core.

  1. Picosecond Pulse Recirculation for High Average Brightness Thomson Scattering-based Gamma-ray Sources

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    Semenov, V

    2009-05-28

    Pulse recirculation has been successfully demonstrated with the interaction laser system of LLNL's Thomson-Radiated Extreme X-ray (T-REX) source. The recirculation increased twenty-eight times the intensity of the light coming out of the laser system, demonstrating the capability of increasing the gamma-ray flux emitted by T-REX. The technical approach demonstrated could conceivably increase the average gamma-ray flux output by up to a hundred times.

  2. A theoretical study on phase-contrast mammography with Thomson-scattering x-ray sources

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    De Caro, Liberato; Giannini, Cinzia; Bellotti, Roberto; Tangaro, Sabina

    2009-10-15

    Purpose: The x-ray transmitted beam from any material/tissue depends on the complex refractive index (n=1-{delta}+i{beta}), where {delta} is responsible for the phase shift and {beta} is for the beam attenuation. Although for human tissues, the {delta} cross section is about 1000 times greater than the {beta} ones in the x-ray energy range from 10 to 150 keV, the gain in breast tumor visualization of phase-contrast mammography (PCM) with respect to absorption contact imaging (AI) is limited by the maximum dose that can be delivered to the patient. Moreover, in-line PC imaging (PCI) is the simplest experimental mode among all available x-ray PCI techniques since no optics are needed. The latter is a fundamental requirement in order to transfer the results of laboratory research into hospitals. Alternative to synchrotron radiation sources, the implementation of relativistic Thomson-scattering (TS) x-ray sources is particularly suitable for hospital use because of their high peak brightness within a relatively compact and affordable system. In this work, the possibility to realize PCM using a TS source in a hospital environment is studied, accounting for the effect of a finite deliverable dose on the PC visibility enhancement with respect to AI. Methods: The contrast-to-noise ratio of tumor-tissue lesions in PCM has been studied on the bases of a recent theoretical model, describing image contrast formation by means of both wave-optical theory and the mutual coherence formalism. The latter is used to describe the evolution, during wave propagation, of the coherence of the wave field emitted by a TS source. The contrast-to-noise ratio for both PCI and AI has been analyzed in terms of tumor size, beam energy, detector, and source distances, studying optimal conditions for performing PCM. Regarding other relevant factors which could influence ''tumor'' visibility, the authors have assumed simplified conditions such as a spherical shape description of the tumor inclusion

  3. Analysis and implementation of a space resolving spherical crystal spectrometer for x-ray Thomson scattering experiments

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    Harding, E. C.; Ao, T.; Bailey, J. E.; Loisel, G.; Sinars, D. B.; Geissel, M.; Rochau, G. A.; Smith, I. C.

    2015-04-15

    The application of a space-resolving spectrometer to X-ray Thomson Scattering (XRTS) experiments has the potential to advance the study of warm dense matter. This has motivated the design of a spherical crystal spectrometer, which is a doubly focusing geometry with an overall high sensitivity and the capability of providing high-resolution, space-resolved spectra. A detailed analysis of the image fluence and crystal throughput in this geometry is carried out and analytical estimates of these quantities are presented. This analysis informed the design of a new spectrometer intended for future XRTS experiments on the Z-machine. The new spectrometer collects 6 keV x-rays with a spherically bent Ge (422) crystal and focuses the collected x-rays onto the Rowland circle. The spectrometer was built and then tested with a foam target. The resulting high-quality spectra prove that a spherical spectrometer is a viable diagnostic for XRTS experiments.

  4. LIGHT SOURCE: RF deflecting cavity for bunch length measurement in Tsinghua Thomson scattering X-ray source

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    Shi, Jia-Ru; Chen, Huai-Bi; Tang, Chuan-Xiang; Huang, Wen-Hui; Du, Ying-Chao; Zheng, Shu-Xin; Ren, Li

    2009-06-01

    An RF deflecting cavity used for bunch length measurement has been designed and fabricated at Tsinghua University for the Thomson Scattering X-Ray Source. The cavity is a 2856 MHz, π-mode, 3-cell standing-wave cavity, to diagnose the 3.5 MeV beam produced by photocathode electron gun. With a larger power source, the same cavity will again be used to measure the accelerated beam with energy of 50 MeV before colliding with the laser pulse. The RF design using MAFIA for both the cavity shape and the power coupler is reviewed, followed by presenting the fabrication procedure and bench measurement results of two cavities.

  5. Interaction of relativistic electrons with an intense laser pulse: High-order harmonic generation based on Thomson scattering

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    Hack, Szabolcs; Varró, Sándor; Czirják, Attila

    2016-02-01

    We investigate nonlinear Thomson scattering as a source of high-order harmonic radiation with the potential to enable attosecond light pulse generation. We present a new analytic solution of the electron's relativistic equations of motion in the case of a short laser pulse with a sine-squared envelope. Based on the single electron emission, we compute and analyze the radiated amplitude and phase spectrum for a realistic electron bunch, with special attention to the correct initial values. These results show that the radiation spectrum of an electron bunch in head-on collision with a sufficiently strong laser pulse of sine-squared envelope has a smooth frequency dependence to allow for the synthesis of attosecond light pulses.

  6. Operation and beam profiling of an up to 200 kHz pulse-burst laser for Thomson scattering.

    PubMed

    Young, W C; Den Hartog, D J

    2014-11-01

    A new, high-repetition rate laser is in development for use on the Thomson scattering diagnostic on the Madison Symmetric Torus. The laser has been tested at a rate of 200 kHz in a pulse-burst operation, producing bursts of 5 pulses above 1.5 J each, while capable of bursts of 17 pulses at 100 kHz. A master oscillator-power amplifier architecture is used with a Nd:YVO4 oscillator, four Nd:YAG amplifiers, and a Nd:glass amplifier. A radial profile over the pulse sequence is measured by using a set of graphite apertures and an energy meter, showing a change in beam quality over a pulsing sequence. PMID:25430221

  7. Analysis and implementation of a space resolving spherical crystal spectrometer for x-ray Thomson scattering experiments.

    PubMed

    Harding, E C; Ao, T; Bailey, J E; Loisel, G; Sinars, D B; Geissel, M; Rochau, G A; Smith, I C

    2015-04-01

    The application of a space-resolving spectrometer to X-ray Thomson Scattering (XRTS) experiments has the potential to advance the study of warm dense matter. This has motivated the design of a spherical crystal spectrometer, which is a doubly focusing geometry with an overall high sensitivity and the capability of providing high-resolution, space-resolved spectra. A detailed analysis of the image fluence and crystal throughput in this geometry is carried out and analytical estimates of these quantities are presented. This analysis informed the design of a new spectrometer intended for future XRTS experiments on the Z-machine. The new spectrometer collects 6 keV x-rays with a spherically bent Ge (422) crystal and focuses the collected x-rays onto the Rowland circle. The spectrometer was built and then tested with a foam target. The resulting high-quality spectra prove that a spherical spectrometer is a viable diagnostic for XRTS experiments. PMID:25933859

  8. First measurement of time evolution of electron temperature profiles with Nd:YAG Thomson scattering system on Heliotron J.

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    Kenmochi, N; Minami, T; Takahashi, C; Tei, S; Mizuuchi, T; Kobayashi, S; Nagasaki, K; Nakamura, Y; Okada, H; Kado, S; Yamamoto, S; Ohshima, S; Konoshima, S; Shi, N; Zang, L; Ohtani, Y; Kasajima, K; Sano, F

    2014-11-01

    A Nd:YAG Thomson scattering system has been developed for Heliotron J. The system consists of two 550 mJ 50 Hz lasers, large collection optics, and 25 radial channel (∼1 cm spatial resolution) interference polychromators. This measurement system achieves a S/N ratio of ∼50 for low-density plasma (ne ∼ 0.5 × 10(19) m(-3)). A time evolution of electron temperature profiles was measured with this system for a high-intensity gas-puff (HIGP) fueling neutral-beam-injection plasma. The peripheral temperature of the higher-density phase after HIGP recovers to the low-density pre-HIGP level, suggesting that improving particle transport in the HIGP plasma may be possible. PMID:25430232

  9. Simultaneous measurement of electron and heavy particle temperatures in He laser-induced plasma by Thomson and Rayleigh scattering

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    Dzierzega, K.; Mendys, A.; Zawadzki, W.; Pokrzywka, B.; Pellerin, S.

    2013-04-01

    Thomson and Rayleigh scattering methods were applied to quantify the electron and heavy particle temperatures, as well as electron number density, in a laser spark in helium at atmospheric pressure. Plasma was created using 4.5 ns, 25 mJ pulses from Nd:YAG laser at 532 nm. Measurements, performed for the time interval between 20 ns and 800 ns after breakdown, show electron density and temperature to decrease from 7.8 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 23} m{sup -3} to 2.6 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 22} m{sup -3} and from 95 900 K to 10 350 K, respectively. At the same time, the heavy particle temperature drops from only 47 000 K down to 4100 K which indicates a two temperature plasma out of local isothermal equilibrium.

  10. Operation and beam profiling of an up to 200 kHz pulse-burst laser for Thomson scattering

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    Young, W. C. Den Hartog, D. J.

    2014-11-15

    A new, high-repetition rate laser is in development for use on the Thomson scattering diagnostic on the Madison Symmetric Torus. The laser has been tested at a rate of 200 kHz in a pulse-burst operation, producing bursts of 5 pulses above 1.5 J each, while capable of bursts of 17 pulses at 100 kHz. A master oscillator-power amplifier architecture is used with a Nd:YVO{sub 4} oscillator, four Nd:YAG amplifiers, and a Nd:glass amplifier. A radial profile over the pulse sequence is measured by using a set of graphite apertures and an energy meter, showing a change in beam quality over a pulsing sequence.

  11. First measurement of time evolution of electron temperature profiles with Nd:YAG Thomson scattering system on Heliotron J

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    Kenmochi, N. Tei, S.; Zang, L.; Ohtani, Y.; Kasajima, K.; Minami, T.; Takahashi, C.; Mizuuchi, T.; Kobayashi, S.; Nagasaki, K.; Nakamura, Y.; Okada, H.; Kado, S.; Yamamoto, S.; Ohshima, S.; Konoshima, S.; Shi, N.; Sano, F.

    2014-11-15

    A Nd:YAG Thomson scattering system has been developed for Heliotron J. The system consists of two 550 mJ 50 Hz lasers, large collection optics, and 25 radial channel (∼1 cm spatial resolution) interference polychromators. This measurement system achieves a S/N ratio of ∼50 for low-density plasma (n{sub e} ∼ 0.5 × 10{sup 19} m{sup −3}). A time evolution of electron temperature profiles was measured with this system for a high-intensity gas-puff (HIGP) fueling neutral-beam-injection plasma. The peripheral temperature of the higher-density phase after HIGP recovers to the low-density pre-HIGP level, suggesting that improving particle transport in the HIGP plasma may be possible.

  12. High-energy gamma-ray beams from nonlinear Thomson and Compton scattering in the ultra-intense regime

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    Harvey, Christopher; Marklund, Mattias; Wallin, Erik

    2015-05-01

    We consider the Thomson and Compton scattering of high-energy electrons in an intense laser pulse. Our simulations show that energy losses due to radiation reaction cause the emitted radiation to be spread over a broader angular range than the case without these losses included. We explain this in terms of the effect of these energy losses on the particle dynamics. Finally, at ultra-high intensities, i.e. fields with a dimensionless parameter a0~200, the energy of the emission spectrum is significantly reduced by radiation reaction and also the classical and QED results begin to differ. This is found to be due to the classical theory overestimating the energy loss of the electrons. Such findings are relevant to radiation source development involving the next generation of high-intensity laser facilities.

  13. Design and implementation of a full profile sub-cm ruby laser based Thomson scattering system for MAST

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    O'Gorman, T.; Mc Carthy, P. J.; Prunty, S.; Walsh, M. J.; Dunstan, M. R.; Huxford, R. B.; Naylor, G.; Maguet, Emmanuel; Scannell, R.; Shibaev, S.

    2010-12-15

    A major upgrade to the ruby Thomson scattering (TS) system has been designed and implemented on the Mega-ampere spherical tokamak (MAST). MAST is equipped with two TS systems, a Nd:YAG laser system and a ruby laser system. Apart from common collection optics each system provides independent measurements of the electron temperature and density profile. This paper focuses on the recent upgrades to the ruby TS system. The upgraded ruby TS system measures 512 points across the major radius of the MAST vessel. The ruby laser can deliver one 10 J 40 ns pulse at 1 Hz or two 5 J pulses separated by 100-800 {mu}s. The Thomson scattered light is collected at F/15 over 1.4 m. This system can resolve small (7 mm) structures at 200 points in both the electron temperature and density channels at high optical contrast; {approx}50% modulated transfer function. The system is fully automated for each MAST discharge and requires little adjustment. The estimated measurement error for a 7 mm radial point is <4% of T{sub e} and <3% of n{sub e} in the range of 40 eV to 2 keV, for a density of n{sub e}=2x10{sup 19} m{sup -3}. The photon statistics at lower density can be increased by binning in the radial direction as desired. A new intensified CCD camera design allows the ruby TS system to take two snapshots separated with a minimum time of 230 {mu}s. This is exploited to measure two density and temperature profiles or to measure the plasma background light.

  14. The use of ultraviolet Thomson scattering as a versatile diagnostic for detailed measurements of a collisional laser produced plasma

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    Tracy, M.D.

    1993-01-08

    Collective Thomson scattering from ion-acoustic waves at 266nm is used to obtain spatially resolved, two-dimensional electron density, sound speed, and radial drift profiles of a collisional laser plasma. An ultraviolet diagnostic wavelength minimizes the complicating effects of inverse bremsstrahlung and refractive turning in the coronal region of interest, where the electron densities approach n{sub c}/10. Laser plasmas of this type are important because they model some of the aspects of the plasmas found in high-gain laser-fusion pellets irradiated by long pulse widths where the laser light is absorbed mostly in the corona. The experimental results and LASNEX simulations agree within a percent standard deviation of 40% for the electron density and 50% for the sound speed and radial drift velocity. Thus it is shown that the hydrodynamics equations with classical coefficients and the numerical approximations in LASNEX are valid models of laser-heated, highly collisional plasmas. The versatility of Thomson scattering is expanded upon by extending existing theory with a Fokker-Planck based model to include plasmas that are characterized by (0 {le} k{sub ia}{lambda}{sub ii} {le} {infinity}) and ZT{sub e}/T{sub i}, where k{sub ia} is the ion- acoustic wave number, {lambda}{sub ii} is the ion-ion mean free path, Z is the ionization state of the plasma, and T{sub e}, T{sub i} are the electron and ion temperatures in electron volts respectively. The model is valid for plasmas in which the electrons are approximately collisionless, (k{sub ia}{lambda}{sub ei}, k{sub ia}{lambda}{sub ee} {ge} 1), and quasineutrality holds, ({alpha} {much_gt}1), where {alpha} = 1/k{lambda}{sub DE} and {lambda}{sub DE} is the electron Debye length. This newly developed model predicts the lineshape of the ion-acoustic Thomson spectra and when fit to experimental data provides a direct measurement of the relative thermal flow velocity between the electrons and ions.

  15. Demonstration of space-resolved x-ray Thomson scattering capability for warm dense matter experiments on the Z accelerator

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    Ao, T.; Harding, E. C.; Bailey, J. E.; Lemke, R. W.; Desjarlais, M. P.; Hansen, S. B.; Smith, I. C.; Geissel, M.; Maurer, A.; Reneker, J.; Romero, D.; Sinars, D. B.; Rochau, G. A.; Benage, J. F.

    2016-03-01

    Experiments on the Sandia Z pulsed-power accelerator have demonstrated the ability to produce warm dense matter (WDM) states with unprecedented uniformity, duration, and size, which are ideal for investigations of fundamental WDM properties. For the first time, space-resolved x-ray Thomson scattering (XRTS) spectra from shocked carbon foams were recorded on Z. The large (>20 MA) electrical current produced by Z was used to launch Al flyer plates up to 25 km/s. The impact of the flyer plate on a CH2 foam target produced a shocked state with an estimated pressure of 0.75 Mbar, density of 0.52 g/cm3, and temperature of 4.3 eV. Both unshocked and shocked portions of the foam target were probed with 6.2 keV x-rays produced by focusing the Z-Beamlet laser onto a nearby Mn foil. The data are composed of three spatially distinct spectra that were simultaneously captured with a single spectrometer with high spectral (4.8 eV) and spatial (190 μm) resolutions. Detailed spectral information from three target locations is provided simultaneously: the incident x-ray source, the scattered signal from unshocked foam, and the scattered signal from shocked foam.

  16. Ultrafast K-alpha Thomson scattering from shock compressed matter for use as a dense matter diagnostic

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    Kritcher, Andrea Lynn

    Material conditions in the high-energy-density-physics regime relevant for the study of planetary formation, the modeling of planetary composition, and for inertial confinement fusion experiments, such as on the future National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), can be produced and studied in the laboratory using high powered lasers that shock compress material to pressures greater than > 1 Mbar. Measurement of the compression and heating of shock-compressed dense matter at high pressures is fundamental in the study and understanding of the physical and chemical properties of these extreme states. Investigation of the behavior of the ionic and elecronic properties in this regime is important to determine the equation of state and thermodynamic properties of materials under extreme conditions, that are not currently well understood. In previous work, x-ray Thomson scattering has been employed to characterize dense matter conditions, ne > 3 x 10 21cm-3, that cannot be probed using the well established technique of optical Thomson scattering. These experiments employed x-ray probes with a temporal resolution of 100 ps. However, for the full characterization of strong shocks in dense matter, an x-ray source that provides picosecond temporal resolution, i.e. K-alpha x-rays, is desirable. Presented in this thesis, are the first spectrally and temporally resolved x ray Thomson scattering measurements using ultrafast (10 ps) Ti K-alpha x-rays. These measurements have provided experimental validation for modeling of the compression and heating of shocked matter. The coalescence of two shocks launched into a solid density LiH target by a shaped 6 nanosecond heater beam was observed from rapid heating to temperatures of 2.2 eV, enabling tests of shock timing models, mainly dependent on choice of Equation of State (EOS). Here, the temperature evolution of the target at various times during shock progression was characterized from the

  17. High-repetition-rate pulse-burst laser for Thomson scattering on the MST reversed-field pinch

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    Young, W. C.; Morton, L. A.; Parke, E.; Den Hartog, D. J.

    2013-11-01

    A new, high-repetition-rate pulse-burst laser system for the MST Thomson scattering diagnostic has operated with 2 J pulses at repetition rates up to 75 kHz within a burst. The 1064 nm laser currently employs a q-switched, diode pumped Nd:YVO4 master oscillator, four Nd:YAG amplifier stages, and a Nd:glass amplifier, with plans for an additional Nd:glass amplifier. The laser can maintain 1.5-2 J pulses in two operating modes: either at a uniform repetition rate of 5-10 kHz (sustained for 5-8 ms), or reach rates of up to 75 kHz in pulse-burst operation (for 10 bursts of 15 pulses each), limited by flashlamp explosion energy and wall loading. The full system, including an additional Nd:glass amplifier, is designed to produce bursts of 2 J pulses at a repetition rate of at least 250 kHz. Custom programmable square-pulse power supplies drive the amplifier flashlamps, providing fine control of pulse timing, duration, and repetition, and allow for pulse-burst operation. The new laser system integrates with the same collection optics and detectors as used by the previous MST Thomson laser: 21 spatial points across the MST minor radius, filter polychromators with 6 to 8 channels (10 eV-5 keV range), avalanche photodiode detectors, and 1 GSample/s/channel digitization. Use of the previous pulse-burst laser continues concurrently with new laser development. Additional notes on optimization of flashlamp simmering will also be covered, showing that an increase in simmer currents can improve pulse-to-pulse energy consistency on both the new and older lasers.

  18. Ultraviolet Thomson Scattering from Two-Plasmon-Decay Driven Electron Plasma Waves at Quarter-Critical Densities

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    Follett, R. K.; Michel, D. T.; Hu, S. X.; Myatt, J. F.; Henchen, R. J.; Katz, J.; Froula, D. H.

    2013-10-01

    Thomson scattering (TS) was used to probe electron plasma waves (EPW's) driven by the two-plasmon-decay (TPD) instability near quarter-critical density. TPD-driven EPW's were observed at densities consistent with the common-wave TPD model. Five laser beams (λ3ω = 351nm) produced 400- μm-diam (FWHM) laser spots with overlapped intensities up to 3 ×1014W/cm2 . A 263-nm TS beam was used to probe densities ranging from 0.18 to 0.26 nc, where nc is the critical density for 351-nm light. The experimental geometry was chosen to match the five-beam TPD common wave k vector. The TS spectrum shows a large amplitude, narrow (~1.6-nm FHWM) feature centered around 423.4 nm. This wavelength corresponds to scattering from EPW's with a normalized wave vector k / k3 ω = 1 . 3 , a density of ne/nc = 0.243, and a temperature of Te = 2 keV. This is consistent with the predicted values given by the dispersion relations and TPD maximum growth hyperbola. This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration under Award Number DE-NA0001944.

  19. Synchronized operation by field programmable gate array based signal controller for the Thomson scattering diagnostic system in KSTAR

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    Lee, W. R.; Park, M. K.; Lee, J. H.; Kim, H. S.; Kim, K. H.

    2012-09-15

    The Thomson scattering diagnostic system is successfully installed in the Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) facility. We got the electron temperature and electron density data for the first time in 2011, 4th campaign using a field programmable gate array (FPGA) based signal control board. It operates as a signal generator, a detector, a controller, and a time measuring device. This board produces two configurable trigger pulses to operate Nd:YAG laser system and receives a laser beam detection signal from a photodiode detector. It allows a trigger pulse to be delivered to a time delay module to make a scattered signal measurement, measuring an asynchronous time value between the KSTAR timing board and the laser system injection signal. All functions are controlled by the embedded processor running on operating system within a single FPGA. It provides Ethernet communication interface and is configured with standard middleware to integrate with KSTAR. This controller has operated for two experimental campaigns including commissioning and performed the reconfiguration of logic designs to accommodate varying experimental situation without hardware rebuilding.

  20. Thomson scattering diagnostic analyses to determine the energetic particle distributions in TFTR

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    Aamodt, R.E.; Cheung, P.; Russell, D.A.

    1993-02-12

    The research completed and in progress for the first period of this grant is reviewed. Specific scattering scenarios for TFTR and JET and ITER were studied. The Lodestar scattering code, SKATR, was upgraded to include anisotropic energetic ion distributions and an analytic diffraction formulation was completed. Research continues on JET studies and upgrading the code for JET and ITER relevant conditions.

  1. Thomson scattering diagnostic analyses to determine the energetic particle distributions in TFTR. Annual performance report

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    Aamodt, R.E.; Cheung, P.; Russell, D.A.

    1993-02-12

    The research completed and in progress for the first period of this grant is reviewed. Specific scattering scenarios for TFTR and JET and ITER were studied. The Lodestar scattering code, SKATR, was upgraded to include anisotropic energetic ion distributions and an analytic diffraction formulation was completed. Research continues on JET studies and upgrading the code for JET and ITER relevant conditions.

  2. Correction of the spectral calibration of the Joint European Torus core light detecting and ranging Thomson scattering diagnostic using ray tracing.

    PubMed

    Hawke, J; Scannell, R; Maslov, M; Migozzi, J B

    2013-10-01

    This work isolated the cause of the observed discrepancy between the electron temperature (T(e)) measurements before and after the JET Core LIDAR Thomson Scattering (TS) diagnostic was upgraded. In the upgrade process, stray light filters positioned just before the detectors were removed from the system. Modelling showed that the shift imposed on the stray light filters transmission functions due to the variations in the incidence angles of the collected photons impacted plasma measurements. To correct for this identified source of error, correction factors were developed using ray tracing models for the calibration and operational states of the diagnostic. The application of these correction factors resulted in an increase in the observed T(e), resulting in the partial if not complete removal of the observed discrepancy in the measured T(e) between the JET core LIDAR TS diagnostic, High Resolution Thomson Scattering, and the Electron Cyclotron Emission diagnostics. PMID:24188274

  3. Investigation of thermodynamic equilibrium in laser-induced aluminum plasma using the H{sub α} line profiles and Thomson scattering spectra

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    Cvejić, M. E-mail: krzysztof.dzierzega@uj.edu.pl; Dzierżęga, K. E-mail: krzysztof.dzierzega@uj.edu.pl; Pięta, T.

    2015-07-13

    We have studied isothermal equilibrium in the laser-induced plasma from aluminum pellets in argon at pressure of 200 mbar by using a method which combines the standard laser Thomson scattering and analysis of the H{sub α}, Stark-broadened, line profiles. Plasma was created using 4.5 ns, 4 mJ pulses from a Nd:YAG laser at 1064 nm. While electron density and temperature were determined from the electron feature of Thomson scattering spectra, the heavy particle temperature was obtained from the H{sub α} full profile applying computer simulation including ion-dynamical effects. We have found strong imbalance between these two temperatures during entire plasma evolution which indicates its non-isothermal character. At the same time, according to the McWhirter criterion, the electron density was high enough to establish plasma in local thermodynamic equilibrium.

  4. Correction of the spectral calibration of the Joint European Torus core light detecting and ranging Thomson scattering diagnostic using ray tracing

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    Hawke, J.; Scannell, R.; Maslov, M.; Migozzi, J. B.; Collaboration: JET-EFDA Contributors

    2013-10-15

    This work isolated the cause of the observed discrepancy between the electron temperature (T{sub e}) measurements before and after the JET Core LIDAR Thomson Scattering (TS) diagnostic was upgraded. In the upgrade process, stray light filters positioned just before the detectors were removed from the system. Modelling showed that the shift imposed on the stray light filters transmission functions due to the variations in the incidence angles of the collected photons impacted plasma measurements. To correct for this identified source of error, correction factors were developed using ray tracing models for the calibration and operational states of the diagnostic. The application of these correction factors resulted in an increase in the observed T{sub e}, resulting in the partial if not complete removal of the observed discrepancy in the measured T{sub e} between the JET core LIDAR TS diagnostic, High Resolution Thomson Scattering, and the Electron Cyclotron Emission diagnostics.

  5. High-power ruby and alexandrite lasers for LIDAR-Thomson scattering diagnostics

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    Gowers, C.; Gadd, A.; Hirsch, Kurt; Nielsen, P.; Salzmann, H.

    1990-08-01

    By combining the time-of-flight or LIDAR principle with a Thomson backscatter diagnostic, spatial profiles of the electron temperature and density can be measured with a single set of detectors for all spatial points. The technique was demonstrated for the first time on the JET tokamak and has been in routine operation since July 1987. Originally a ruby laser (3 J pulse energy, 300 Ps pulse duration, 0.5 Hz repetition rate) was used together with a 700 MHz bandwidth detection and registration system which yielded a spatial resolution of about 12 cm. A large filter spectrometer with 6 spectral channels covering the wavelength range 400 - 800 nm gives a dynamic range for the temperature measurements of 0.2-20 keV. The original system is described, examples of measurements are given and compared with the results of other diagnostics. The system is being upgraded to make measurements at 10 Hz and a major component of the new system is an Alexandrite laser (1-2 J pulse energy, 350+1-50 ps pulse duration, 10 Hz repetition rate) which is currently being constructed. The new laser and other technological improvements being incorporated into the upgraded diagnostic will also be described.

  6. Measurement of the dispersion of thermal ion-acoustic fluctuations in high-temperature laser plasmas using multiple-wavelength Thomson scattering.

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    Froula, D H; Davis, P; Divol, L; Ross, J S; Meezan, N; Price, D; Glenzer, S H; Rousseaux, C

    2005-11-01

    The dispersion of ion-acoustic fluctuations has been measured using a novel technique that employs multiple color Thomson-scattering diagnostics to measure the frequency spectrum for two separate thermal ion-acoustic fluctuations with significantly different wave vectors. The plasma fluctuations are shown to become dispersive with increasing electron temperature. We demonstrate that this technique allows a time resolved local measurement of electron density and temperature in inertial confinement fusion plasmas. PMID:16383991

  7. Measurement of Electron Temperature and Plasma Density via Thomson Scattering and Electric Probe in Low Temperature Plasmas

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    Woo, Hyun-Jong; Chung, Kyu-Sun; Lho, Taihyeop

    2011-10-01

    Laser Thomson scattering system has been developed for the measurements of electron temperature and plasma density in low temperature plasma by means of the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser with 2nd Harmonics (250 mJ at 532 nm, repetition rate of 20 Hz), triple grating spectrometer and ICCD camera. The triple grating spectrometer is composed of 3 grating (1800 gr/mm and 100 x 100 mm dimensions), 6 achromatic doublet lens (f=400 mm and 100 mm diameter) for reducing the abbreviation effect, two slits (entrance and exitance), opto- mechanical instruments, etc. The alignment and calibration of TGS system were performed by a diode laser and diffraction optics, Ne lamp (wavelength) and metal halide lamp (intensity), respectively. The LTS measurements were done wide ranges of 1

  8. Optical designs of reflection and refraction collection optics for a JT-60SA core Thomson scattering system.

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    Tojo, H; Hatae, T; Hamano, T; Sakuma, T; Itami, K

    2013-09-01

    Collection optics for core measurements in a JT-60SA Thomson scattering system were designed. The collection optics will be installed in a limited space and have a wide field of view and wide wavelength range. Two types of the optics are therefore suggested: refraction and reflection types. The reflection system, with a large primary mirror, avoids large chromatic aberrations. Because the size limit of the primary mirror and vignetting due to the secondary mirror affect the total collection throughput, conditions that provide the high throughput are found through an optimization. A refraction system with four lenses forming an Ernostar system is also employed. The use of high-refractive-index glass materials enhances the freedom of the lens curvatures, resulting in suppression of the spherical and coma aberration. Moreover, sufficient throughput can be achieved, even with smaller lenses than that of a previous design given in [H. Tojo, T. Hatae, T. Sakuma, T. Hamano, K. Itami, Y. Aida, S. Suitoh, and D. Fujie, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 81, 10D539 (2010)]. The optical resolutions of the reflection and refraction systems are both sufficient for understanding the spatial structures in plasma. In particular, the spot sizes at the image of the optics are evaluated as ~0.3 mm and ~0.4 mm, respectively. The throughput for the two systems, including the pupil size and transmissivity, are also compared. The results show that good measurement accuracy (<10%) even at high electron temperatures (<30 keV) can be expected in the refraction system. PMID:24089827

  9. Synoptic maps of heliospheric Thomson scattering brightness from 1974-1985 as observed by the Helios photometers

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    Hick, P.; Jackson, B. V.; Schwenn, R.

    1992-01-01

    We display the electron Thomson scattering intensity of the inner heliosphere as observed by the zodiacal light photometers on board the Helios spacecraft in the form of synoptic maps. The technique extrapolates the brightness information from each photometer sector near the Sun and constructs a latitude/longitude map at a given solar height. These data are unique in that they give a determination of heliospheric structures out of the ecliptic above the primary region of solar wind acceleration. The spatial extent of bright, co-rotating heliospheric structures is readily observed in the data north and south of the ecliptic plane where the Helios photometer coverage is most complete. Because the technique has been used on the complete Helios data set from 1974 to 1985, we observe the change in our synoptic maps with solar cycle. Bright structures are concentrated near the heliospheric equator at solar minimum, while at solar maximum bright structures are found at far higher heliographic latitudes. A comparison of these maps with other forms of synoptic data are shown for two available intervals.

  10. A real-time digital control, data acquisition and analysis system for the DIII-D multipulse Thomson scattering diagnostic

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    Greenfield, C. M.; Campbell, G. L.; Carlstrom, T. N.; Deboo, J. C.; Hsieh, C.-L.; Snider, R. T.; Trost, P. K.

    1990-10-01

    A VME-based real time computer systems for laser control, data acquisition and analysis for the DIII-D multipulse Thomson scattering diagnostic is described. The laser control task requires precise timing of up to 8 Nd:YAG lasers, each with an average firing rate of 20 Hz. A cpu module in real time multiprocessing computer system will operate the lasers with evenly staggered laser pulses or in a 'burst mode', where all available (fully charged) lasers can be fired at 50 to 100 msec intervals upon receipt of an external event trigger signal. One of more cpu modules, along with a LeCroy FERA (Fast Encoding and Readout ADC) system, will perform real time data acquisition and analysis. Partial electron temperature and density profiles will be available for plasma feedback control within 1 msec following each laser pulse. The VME-based computer system consists of 2 or more target processor modules (25 MHz Motorola 68030) running the VMEexec real time operating system connected to a Unix based Host system (also a 68030). All real time software is fully interrupt driven to maximize system efficiency. Operator interaction and (non real-time) data analysis takes place on a MicroVAX 3400 connected via DECnet.

  11. Customizable electron beams from optically controlled laser plasma acceleration for γ-ray sources based on inverse Thomson scattering

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    Kalmykov, S. Y.; Davoine, X.; Ghebregziabher, I.; Shadwick, B. A.

    2016-09-01

    Laser wakefield acceleration of electrons in the blowout regime can be controlled by tailoring the laser pulse phase and the plasma target. The 100 nm-scale bandwidth and negative frequency chirp of the optical driver compensate for the nonlinear frequency red-shift imparted by wakefield excitation. This mitigates pulse self-steepening and suppresses continuous injection. The plasma channel suppresses diffraction of the pulse leading edge, further reducing self-steepening, making injection even quieter. Besides, the channel destabilizes the pulse tail confined within the accelerator cavity (the electron density "bubble"), causing oscillations in the bubble size. The resulting periodic injection generates background-free comb-like beams - sequences of synchronized, low phase-space volume bunches. Controlling the number of bunches, their energy, and energy spacing by varying the channel radius and the pulse length (as permitted by the large bandwidth) enables the design of a tunable, all-optical source of polychromatic, pulsed γ-rays using the mechanism of inverse Thomson scattering. Such source may radiate ~107 quasi-monochromatic 10 MeV-scale photons per shot into a microsteradian-scale observation angle. The photon energy is distributed among several distinct bands, each having sub-25% energy spread dictated by the mrad-scale divergence of electron beam.

  12. Demonstration of space-resolved x-ray Thomson scattering capability for warm dense matter experiments on the Z accelerator

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    Ao, T.; Harding, E. C.; Bailey, J. E.; Lemke, R. W.; Desjarlais, M. P.; Hansen, S. B.; Smith, I. C.; Geissel, M.; Maurer, A.; Reneker, J.; et al

    2016-01-13

    Experiments on the Sandia Z pulsed-power accelerator demonstrated the ability to produce warm dense matter (WDM) states with unprecedented uniformity, duration, and size, which are ideal for investigations of fundamental WDM properties. For the first time, space-resolved x-ray Thomson scattering (XRTS) spectra from shocked carbon foams were recorded on Z. The large (> 20 MA) electrical current produced by Z was used to launch Al flyer plates up to 25 km/s. The impact of the flyer plate on a CH2 foam target produced a shocked state with an estimated pressure of 0.75 Mbar, density of 0.52 g/cm3, and temperature ofmore » 4.3 eV. Both unshocked and shocked portions of the foam target were probed with 6.2 keV x-rays produced by focusing the Z-Beamlet laser onto a nearby Mn foil. The data is composed of three spatially distinct spectra that were simultaneously captured with a single spectrometer with high spectral (4.8 eV) and spatial (190 μm) resolutions. Furthermore, these spectra provide detailed information on three target locations: the laser spot, the unshocked foam, and the shocked foam.« less

  13. Operation of the pulse-burst laser system for high-repetition-rate Thomson scattering on MST

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    Harris, W. S.; den Hartog, D. J.; Hurst, N. C.

    2011-10-01

    A custom pulse-burst laser system has been developed for high-repetition-rate Thomson scattering measurements on MST. The laser system is a master-oscillator power-amplifier (MOPA) design with five flashlamp-pumped amplifier stages. A diode-pumped, Q-switched Nd:YVO4 master oscillator (1064 nm) operates at pulse repetition rates between 5-250 kHz. The first four amplifier stages are Nd:YAG; the final amplifier is Nd:glass (silicate). Amplifier flashlamp drive is extremely flexible, ranging from short (250 μs) high-power pump pulses to long (10 ms) lower-power pulses. The entire laser system is computer controlled. Single pulse energies of the laser system are up to 5.5 J. Operation of the system with a short, high-power flashlamp discharge delivers a burst of up to 25 Q-switched laser pulses at 250 kHz repetition rate. For long flashlamp discharges, the laser system can deliver a burst of up to 50 pulses at a 5 kHz repetition rate. This work is supported by the U. S. DOE and NSF.

  14. Advances in the pulse-burst laser system for high-repetition-rate Thomson scattering on MST

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    Harris, W. S.; Hurst, N. C.; den Hartog, D. J.; Ambuel, J. R.; Holly, D. J.; Robl, P. E.

    2010-11-01

    A pulse-burst laser has been installed for Thomson scattering measurements on MST. The laser design is a master-oscillator power-amplifier which is capable of Q-switching at frequencies between 5-250 kHz. Single pulses through the first (four) Nd:YAG amplifier stages give energies up to 1.5 J, and the gain for each stage has been measured. Repetitive pulsing at 10 kHz has also been performed for 2 ms bursts giving average pulse energies of 0.53 J with δE/E of 4.6%, where δE is the standard deviation between pulses. The final Nd:glass amplifier stages require flashlamps operated at 1800 V and 1800 A. At these currents, inductive turnoff spikes can become large even for small circuit inductances. The flashlamp power supplies have been modified to reduce inductance and increase snubber capacitance, and now reliably produce pulse trains (10 pulses at 1 kHz) at maximum flashlamp drive current. In addition, the beam path is being extended to the MST vacuum vessel. This work is supported by the U. S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

  15. A real-time digital control, data acquisition and analysis system for the DIII-D multipulse Thomson scattering diagnostic

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    Greenfield, C.M.; Campbell, G.L.; Carlstrom, T.N.; DeBoo, J.C.; Hsieh, C.-L.; Snider, R.T.; Trost, P.K.

    1990-10-01

    A VME-based real-time computer systems for laser control, data acquisition and analysis for the DIII-D multipulse Thomson scattering diagnostic is described. The laser control task requires precise timing of up to 8 Nd:YAG lasers, each with an average firing rate of 20 Hz. A cpu module in real-time multiprocessing computer system will operate the lasers with evenly staggered laser pulses or in a burst mode'', where all available (fully charged) lasers can be fired at 50--100 {mu}sec intervals upon receipt of an external event trigger signal. One of more cpu modules, along with a LeCroy FERA (Fast Encoding and Readout ADC) system, will perform real-time data acquisition and analysis. Partial electron temperature and density profiles will be available for plasma feedback control within 1 msec following each laser pulse. The VME-based computer system consists of 2 or more target processor modules (25 MHz Motorola 68030) running the VMEexec real-time operating system connected to a Unix based host system (also a 68030). All real-time software is fully interrupt driven to maximize system efficiency. Operator interaction and (non real-time) data analysis takes place on a MicroVAX 3400 connected via DECnet. 17 refs., 1 fig.

  16. Real-time digital control, data acquisition, and analysis system for the DIII-D multipulse Thomson scattering diagnostic

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    Greenfield, C. M.; Campbell, G. L.; Carlstrom, T. N.; DeBoo, J. C.; Hsieh, C.-L.; Snider, R. T.; Trost, P. K.

    1990-10-01

    A VME-based real-time computer system for laser control, data acquisition, and analysis for the DIII-D multipulse Thomson scattering diagnostic is described. The laser control task requires precise timing of up to eight Nd:YAG lasers, each with an average firing rate of 20 Hz. A cpu module in a real-time multiprocessing computer system will operate the lasers with evenly staggered laser pulses or in a ``burst mode,'' where all available (fully charged) lasers can be fired at 50-100 μs intervals upon receipt of an external event trigger signal. One or more cpu modules, along with a LeCroy FERA (fast encoding and readout ADC) system, will perform real-time data acquisition and analysis. Partial electron temperature and density profiles will be available for plasma feedback control within 1 ms following each laser pulse. The VME-based computer system consists of two or more target processor modules (25 MHz Motorola 68030) running the VMEexec real-time operating system connected to a Unix-based host system (also a 68030). All real-time software is fully interrupt driven to maximize system efficiency. Operator interaction and (non-real-time) data analysis takes place on a MicroVAX 3400 connected via DECnet.

  17. Real-time digital control, data acquisition, and analysis system for the DIII-D multipulse Thomson scattering diagnostic

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    Greenfield, C.M.; Campbell, G.L.; Carlstrom, T.N.; DeBoo, J.C.; Hsieh, C.; Snider, R.T.; Trost, P.K. )

    1990-10-01

    A VME-based real-time computer system for laser control, data acquisition, and analysis for the DIII-D multipulse Thomson scattering diagnostic is described. The laser control task requires precise timing of up to eight Nd:YAG lasers, each with an average firing rate of 20 Hz. A cpu module in a real-time multiprocessing computer system will operate the lasers with evenly staggered laser pulses or in a burst mode,'' where all available (fully charged) lasers can be fired at 50--100 {mu}s intervals upon receipt of an external event trigger signal. One or more cpu modules, along with a LeCroy FERA (fast encoding and readout ADC) system, will perform real-time data acquisition and analysis. Partial electron temperature and density profiles will be available for plasma feedback control within 1 ms following each laser pulse. The VME-based computer system consists of two or more target processor modules (25 MHz Motorola 68030) running the VMEexec real-time operating system connected to a Unix-based host system (also a 68030). All real-time software is fully interrupt driven to maximize system efficiency. Operator interaction and (non-real-time) data analysis takes place on a MicroVAX 3400 connected via DECnet.

  18. Post shot analysis of plasma conditions of Gold Spheres illuminated by the URLLE Omega laser, as measured via Thomson scattering

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    Rosen, M. D.; Ross, J. S.; Scott, H. A.; Landen, N.; Froula, D.; Dewald, E.; May, M.; Widmann, K.

    2013-10-01

    Recently there was a follow up to the 2006 campaign to illuminate 1 mm diameter gold spheres using the Omega laser at LLE. The 2013 campaign uses Thomson scattering to diagnose the plasma conditions as a function of time, at various radial positions in the coronal, laser heated, blow-off region. Laser irradiances were 1, 5, and 10 × 1014 W/sqcm, usually in a 1 ns pulse duration. Depleted uranium and Ag spheres were also tested. We compare the predictions of plasma conditions using various non-LTE computational models of atomic physics and electron transport (as implemented into the rad-hydro code Lasnex) to this data. The ``high flux model (HFM)'' (DCA atomic physics and non local transport) compares well for some of experiments, while an intermediate model that radiates a bit less total x-ray fluence than the HFM, does better on other experiments. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  19. The design of a low-cost Thomson Scattering system for use on the ORNL PhIX device

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    Biewer, T. M.; Lore, J.; Goulding, R. H.; Hillis, D. L.; Owen, L.; Rapp, J.

    2012-10-01

    Study of the plasma-material interface (PMI) under high power and particle flux on linear plasma devices is an active area of research that is relevant to fusion-grade toroidal devices such as ITER and DEMO. ORNL is assembling a 15 cm diameter, ˜3 m long linear machine, called the Physics Integration eXperiment (PhIX), which incorporates a helicon plasma source, electron heating, and a material target. The helicon source has demonstrated coupling of up to 100 kW of rf power, and produced ne >= 4 x 10^19 m-3 in D, and He fueled plasmas, measured with interferometry and Langmuir probes (LP). Optical emission spectroscopy was used to confirm LP measurements that Te is about 10 eV in helicon heated plasmas, which will presumably increase when electron heating is applied. Plasma parameters (ne, Te, n0) of the PhIX device will be measured with a novel, low-cost Thomson Scattering (TS) system. The data will be used to characterize the PMI regime with multiple profile measurements in front of the target. Profiles near the source and target will be used to determine the parallel transport regime via comparison to 2D fluid plasma simulations. This work was supported by the US. D.O.E. contract DE-AC05-00OR22725.

  20. Spectrum response and analysis of 77 GHz band collective Thomson scattering diagnostic for bulk and fast ions in LHD plasmas

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    Nishiura, M.; Kubo, S.; Tanaka, K.; Seki, R.; Ogasawara, S.; Shimozuma, T.; Okada, K.; Kobayashi, S.; Mutoh, T.; Kawahata, K.; Watari, T.; LHD Experiment Group; Saito, T.; Tatematsu, Y.; Korsholm, S. B.; Salewski, M.

    2014-02-01

    A collective Thomson scattering (CTS) diagnostic was developed and used to measure the bulk and fast ions originating from 180 keV neutral beams in the Large Helical Device (LHD). Electromagnetic waves from a gyrotron at 77 GHz with 1 MW power output function as both the probe and electron cyclotron heating beam. To clarify the diagnostic applicability of the gyrotron in the 77 GHz frequency band, we investigated the dependence of the probe and receiver beam trajectories in plasmas with high electron densities of (4-5) × 1019 m-3 and low electron densities of (1-2) × 1019 m-3. At high density, a stray radiation component was observed in the CTS spectrum whereas it was negligibly small at low density. The CTS spectrum was measured and analysed after the in situ beam alignment using a beam scan. Qualitatively, the CTS spectrogram shows consistent response to ion temperatures of 1-2 keV for electron densities of (1-2) × 1019 m-3 and electron temperatures of 2-4 keV. The measured CTS spectrum shows an asymmetric shape at the foot of the bulk-ion region during the injection of 180 keV fast ions. This shape is explained by the fast-ion distribution in the velocity space (v‖, v⊥) based on Monte Carlo simulation results. The analysis method of the CTS spectra is used to evaluate the ion temperature and fast-ion velocity distribution from the measured CTS data.

  1. Modification of the collective Thomson scattering radiometer in the search for parametric decay on TEXTOR.

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    Nielsen, S K; Salewski, M; Bongers, W; Korsholm, S B; Leipold, F; Meo, F; Michelsen, P; Moseev, D; Oosterbeek, J W; Stejner, M; Westerhof, E

    2012-11-01

    Strong scattering of high-power millimeter waves at 140 GHz has been shown to take place in heating and current-drive experiments at TEXTOR when a tearing mode is present in the plasma. The scattering signal is at present supposed to be generated by the parametric decay instability. Here we describe the heterodyne detection system used to characterize the newly discovered signal measured at TEXTOR, and we present spectral shapes in which the signal can appear under different conditions. The radiation is collected by the receiver through a quasi-optical transmission line that is independent of the electron cyclotron resonance heating transmission line, and so the scattering geometry is variable. The signal is detected with 42 frequency channels ranging from 136 to 142 GHz. We demonstrate that the large signal does not originate from gyrotron spurious radiation. The measured signal agrees well with independent backscattering radiometer data. PMID:23206063

  2. Modification of the collective Thomson scattering radiometer in the search for parametric decay on TEXTOR

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    Nielsen, S. K.; Salewski, M.; Korsholm, S. B.; Leipold, F.; Meo, F.; Michelsen, P.; Stejner, M.; Bongers, W.; Moseev, D.; Westerhof, E.; Oosterbeek, J. W.

    2012-11-15

    Strong scattering of high-power millimeter waves at 140 GHz has been shown to take place in heating and current-drive experiments at TEXTOR when a tearing mode is present in the plasma. The scattering signal is at present supposed to be generated by the parametric decay instability. Here we describe the heterodyne detection system used to characterize the newly discovered signal measured at TEXTOR, and we present spectral shapes in which the signal can appear under different conditions. The radiation is collected by the receiver through a quasi-optical transmission line that is independent of the electron cyclotron resonance heating transmission line, and so the scattering geometry is variable. The signal is detected with 42 frequency channels ranging from 136 to 142 GHz. We demonstrate that the large signal does not originate from gyrotron spurious radiation. The measured signal agrees well with independent backscattering radiometer data.

  3. Observations of continuum depression in warm dense matter with x-ray Thomson scattering.

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    Fletcher, L B; Kritcher, A L; Pak, A; Ma, T; Döppner, T; Fortmann, C; Divol, L; Jones, O S; Landen, O L; Scott, H A; Vorberger, J; Chapman, D A; Gericke, D O; Mattern, B A; Seidler, G T; Gregori, G; Falcone, R W; Glenzer, S H

    2014-04-11

    Detailed measurements of the electron densities, temperatures, and ionization states of compressed CH shells approaching pressures of 50 Mbar are achieved with spectrally resolved x-ray scattering. Laser-produced 9 keV x-rays probe the plasma during the transient state of three-shock coalescence. High signal-to-noise x-ray scattering spectra show direct evidence of continuum depression in highly degenerate warm dense matter states with electron densities ne>1024  cm-3. The measured densities and temperatures agree well with radiation-hydrodynamic modeling when accounting for continuum lowering in calculations that employ detailed configuration accounting. PMID:24765979

  4. The polarization of continuum radiation in sunspots. I - Rayleigh and Thomson scattering

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    Finn, G. D.; Jefferies, J. T.

    1974-01-01

    Expressions are derived for the Stokes parameters of light scattered by a layer of free electrons and hydrogen atoms in a sunspot. A physically reasonable sunspot model was found so that the direction of the calculated linear polarization agrees reasonably with observations. The magnitude of the calculated values of the linear polarization agrees generally with values observed in the continuum at 5830 A. Circular polarization in the continuum also accompanies electron scattering in spot regions; however for commonly accepted values of the longitudinal magnetic field, the predicted circular polarization is much smaller than observed.

  5. X-ray Thomson scattering measurements of density and temperature in shock-compressed beryllium

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    Lee, H J; Neumayer, P; Castor, J; Doppner, T; Falcone, R W; Fortmann, C; Hammel, B A; Kritcher, A L; Landen, O L; Lee, R W; Meyerhofer, D D; Munro, D H; Redmer, R; Regan, S P; Weber, S; Glenzer, S H

    2008-08-05

    We present the first x-ray scattering measurements of the state of compression and heating in laser irradiated solid beryllium. The scattered spectra at two different angles show Compton and plasmon features indicating a dense Fermi-degenerate plasma state with a Fermi energy above 30 eV and with temperatures in the range of 10 eV to 15 eV. These measurements indicate compression by a factor of three in agreement with Hugoniot data and detailed radiation hydrodynamic modeling.

  6. Design and development of detector signal conditioning electronics for SST-1 Thomson scattering system

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    Thakar, Aruna; Kumar, Ajai; Thomas, Jinto; Chavda, Chhaya

    2008-09-15

    An IR enhanced thermoelectrically cooled Si-avalanche photodiode (Si-APD) module is used for detection of scattered photons from plasma electrons. Present design of signal conditioning electronics for the APD has fast (50 MHz) and slow (500 kHz) channels to measure scattered and plasma background light, respectively. We report design analysis for different stages and their performance. The performance of fast channel is analyzed for two different group delays, speed, linearity, and its cross-talk with slow channel. Temperature dependence of APD's responsivity is studied in the wavelength range of 900-1060 nm. A minimum detection of {approx}25 photoelectrons (with S/N=1) in the range of 5 to 25 deg. C is achieved at an APD gain of 75 in the present design.

  7. Design and development of detector signal conditioning electronics for SST-1 Thomson scattering system.

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    Thakar, Aruna; Kumar, Ajai; Thomas, Jinto; Chavda, Chhaya

    2008-09-01

    An IR enhanced thermoelectrically cooled Si-avalanche photodiode (Si-APD) module is used for detection of scattered photons from plasma electrons. Present design of signal conditioning electronics for the APD has fast (50 MHz) and slow (500 kHz) channels to measure scattered and plasma background light, respectively. We report design analysis for different stages and their performance. The performance of fast channel is analyzed for two different group delays, speed, linearity, and its cross-talk with slow channel. Temperature dependence of APD's responsivity is studied in the wavelength range of 900-1060 nm. A minimum detection of approximately 25 photoelectrons (with SN=1) in the range of 5 to 25 degrees C is achieved at an APD gain of 75 in the present design. PMID:19044411

  8. Final Report LDRD 02-ERD-013 Dense Plasma Characterization by X-ray Thomson Scattering

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    Landen, O L; Glenzer, S H; Gregori, G; Pollaine, S M; Hammer, J H; Rogers, F; Meezan, N B; Chung, H; Lee, R W

    2005-02-11

    We have successfully demonstrated spectrally-resolved x-ray scattering in a variety of dense plasmas as a powerful new technique for providing microscopic dense plasma parameters unattainable by other means. The results have also been used to distinguish between ionization balance models. This has led to 10 published or to be published papers, 8 invited talks and significant interest from both internal and external experimental plasma physicists and the international statistical plasma physics theory community.

  9. T-REX: Thomson-Radiated Extreme X-rays Moving X-Ray Science into the ''Nuclear'' Applications Space with Thompson Scattered Photons

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    Barty, C P; Hartemann, F V

    2004-09-21

    The scattering of laser photons from relativistic electrons (Thomson scattering) has been demonstrated to be a viable method for the production of ultrashort-duration pulses of tunable radiation in the 10-keV to 100-keV range. Photons in this range are capable of exciting or ionizing even the most tightly bound of atomic electrons. A wide variety of atomistic scale applications are possible. For example, Thomson x-ray sources have been constructed at LLNL (PLEIADES) and LBL as picosecond, stroboscopic probes of atomic-scale dynamics and at Vanderbilt University as element-specific tools for medical radiography and radiology. While these sources have demonstrated an attractive ability to simultaneously probe on an atomic spatial and temporal scale, they do not necessarily exploit the full potential of the Thomson scattering process to produce high-brightness, high-energy photons. In this white paper, we suggest that the peak brightness of Thomson sources can scale as fast as the 4th power of electron beam energy and that production via Thomson scattering of quasi-monochromatic, tunable radiation in the ''nuclear-range'' between 100-keV and several MeV is potentially a much more attractive application space for this process. Traditional sources in this regime are inherently ultra-broadband and decline rapidly in brightness as a function of photon energy. The output from dedicated, national-laboratory-scale, synchrotron facilities, e.g. APS, SPring8, ESRF etc., declines by more than 10 orders from 100 keV to 1 MeV. At 1 MeV, we conservatively estimate that Thomson-source, peak brightness can exceed that of APS (the best machine in the DOE complex) by more than 15 orders of magnitude. In much the same way that tunable lasers revolutionized atomic spectroscopy, this ''Peta-step'' advance in tunable, narrow-bandwidth, capability should enable entirely new fields of study and new, programmatically-interesting, applications such as: micrometer-spatial-resolution, Me

  10. COMPUTING THE CONTINUUM POLARIZATION FROM THOMSON SCATTERING IN GASEOUS CIRCUMSTELLAR DISKS

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    Halonen, R. J.; Mackay, F. E.; Jones, C. E.

    2013-01-15

    We investigate the computation of the intrinsic continuum linear polarization from electron scattering in optically thin and thick circumstellar disks of gas. We present the use of a non-LTE radiative transfer code, along with two different computational methods for obtaining the Stokes parameters, to reproduce the polarization levels that arise from disks of classical Be stars. Since the pioneering work of Poeckert and Marlborough, numerous improvements and refinements have been incorporated into computational radiative transfer models of classical Be stars. We present an assessment of the effect of several improvements on Poeckert and Marlborough's technique for calculating the polarization levels of the classical Be star {gamma} Cas. We find that improvements to the sampling of the disk density and the inclusion of a non-isothermal structure for the gas in the disk yield polarization levels that differ from the levels expected by Poeckert and Marlborough. Principally, the inclusion of the self-consistent calculation of the thermal structure of the disk has a significant impact on the resulting polarization. In addition, we assess the importance of the inclusion of multiple scattering calculations in predicting the continuum polarization in classical Be stars. We confirm that multiple scattering calculations are necessary for studying the linear polarization levels from optically thick gaseous disks around classical Be stars.

  11. Design of collective Thomson scattering system using 77 GHz gyrotron for bulk and tail ion diagnostics in the large helical device

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    Nishiura, M.; Tanaka, K.; Kubo, S.; Kawahata, K.; Shimozuma, T.; Mutoh, T.; Saito, T.; Tatematsu, Y.; Notake, T.

    2008-10-15

    Collective Thomson scattering (CTS) system is expected to be a strong diagnostic tool for measuring thermal and fast ion distribution function at a local point inside plasmas. The electron cyclotron resonance heating system using a gyrotron at the frequency range of 77 GHz has been installed at the large helical device (LHD). The feasibility of CTS system using the 77 GHz gyrotron is assessed in terms of scattering spectrum and a background noise of the electron cyclotron emission, which affect the signal to noise ratio, with the realistic plasma parameters and incident port locations of LHD. Based on the calculated scattering spectra for bulk and tail fast ion diagnostics, the scattering radiation receiver system with gyrotron frequency feedback circuit is proposed to avoid the frequency chirping.

  12. Design of collective Thomson scattering system using 77 GHz gyrotron for bulk and tail ion diagnostics in the large helical device.

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    Nishiura, M; Tanaka, K; Kubo, S; Saito, T; Tatematsu, Y; Notake, T; Kawahata, K; Shimozuma, T; Mutoh, T

    2008-10-01

    Collective Thomson scattering (CTS) system is expected to be a strong diagnostic tool for measuring thermal and fast ion distribution function at a local point inside plasmas. The electron cyclotron resonance heating system using a gyrotron at the frequency range of 77 GHz has been installed at the large helical device (LHD). The feasibility of CTS system using the 77 GHz gyrotron is assessed in terms of scattering spectrum and a background noise of the electron cyclotron emission, which affect the signal to noise ratio, with the realistic plasma parameters and incident port locations of LHD. Based on the calculated scattering spectra for bulk and tail fast ion diagnostics, the scattering radiation receiver system with gyrotron frequency feedback circuit is proposed to avoid the frequency chirping. PMID:19044547

  13. Optical designs of reflection and refraction collection optics for a JT-60SA core Thomson scattering system

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    Tojo, H.; Hatae, T.; Hamano, T.; Sakuma, T.; Itami, K.

    2013-09-15

    Collection optics for core measurements in a JT-60SA Thomson scattering system were designed. The collection optics will be installed in a limited space and have a wide field of view and wide wavelength range. Two types of the optics are therefore suggested: refraction and reflection types. The reflection system, with a large primary mirror, avoids large chromatic aberrations. Because the size limit of the primary mirror and vignetting due to the secondary mirror affect the total collection throughput, conditions that provide the high throughput are found through an optimization. A refraction system with four lenses forming an Ernostar system is also employed. The use of high-refractive-index glass materials enhances the freedom of the lens curvatures, resulting in suppression of the spherical and coma aberration. Moreover, sufficient throughput can be achieved, even with smaller lenses than that of a previous design given in [H. Tojo, T. Hatae, T. Sakuma, T. Hamano, K. Itami, Y. Aida, S. Suitoh, and D. Fujie, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 81, 10D539 (2010)]. The optical resolutions of the reflection and refraction systems are both sufficient for understanding the spatial structures in plasma. In particular, the spot sizes at the image of the optics are evaluated as ∼0.3 mm and ∼0.4 mm, respectively. The throughput for the two systems, including the pupil size and transmissivity, are also compared. The results show that good measurement accuracy (<10%) even at high electron temperatures (<30 keV) can be expected in the refraction system.

  14. Thomson scattering and collisional ionization in the X-ray grating spectra of the recurrent nova U Scorpii

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    Orio, M.; Behar, E.; Gallagher, J.; Bianchini, A.; Chiosi, E.; Luna, G. J. M.; Nelson, T.; Rauch, T.; Schaefer, B. E.; Tofflemire, B.

    2013-02-01

    We present a Chandra observation of the recurrent nova U Scorpii, done with the High Resolution camera-S (HRC-S) detector and the Low Energy Transmission Grating (LETG) on day 18 after the observed visual maximum of 2010, and compare it with XMM-Newton observations obtained on days 23 and 35 after maximum. The total absorbed flux was in the range 2.2-2.6 × 10-11 erg cm-2 s-1, corresponding to unabsorbed luminosity 7-8.5 × 1036 ×(d/12 kpc)2 for N(H) = 2-2.7 × 1021 cm-2. On day 18, 70 per cent of the soft X-tray flux was in a continuum typical of a very hot white dwarf (WD) atmosphere, which accounted for about 80 per cent of the flux on days 23 and 35. In addition, all spectra display very broad emission lines, due to higher ionization stages at later times. With Chandra we observed apparent P Cygni profiles. We find that these peculiar profiles are not due to blueshifted absorption and redshifted emission in photoionized ejecta, like the optical P Cyg of novae, but they are rather a superposition of WD atmospheric absorption features reflected by the already discovered Thomson scattering corona, and emission lines due to collisional ionization in condensations in the ejecta. On days 23 and 35, the absorption components were no longer measurable, having lost the initial large blueshift that displaced them from the core of the broad emission lines. We interpret this as an indication that mass-loss ceased between day 18 and day 23. On day 35, the emission line spectrum became very complex, with several different components. Model atmospheres indicate that the WD atmospheric temperature was about 730 000 K on day 18 and reached 900 000-1000 000 K on day 35. This peak temperature is consistent with a WD mass of at least 1.3 M⊙.

  15. Characterization of heat transport dynamics in laser-produced plasmas using collective Thomson scattering: Simulation and proposed experiment

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    Cameron, S.M.; Camacho, J.F.

    1995-12-01

    The authors propose an experiment in which the collective Thomson scattering lineshape obtained from ion acoustic waves is used to infer the spatial structure of local heat transport parameters and collisionality in a laser-produced plasma. The peak-height asymmetry in the ion acoustic wave spectrum will be used in conjunction with a recently developed model describing the effects of collisional and Landau damping contributions on the low-frequency electron density fluctuation spectrum to extract the relative electron drift velocity. This drift arises from temperature gradients in the plasma. The local heat flux, which is proportional to the drift, can then be estimated, and the electron thermal conductivity will be inferred from the relationship between the calculated heat flux and the experimentally determined temperature gradient. Damping of the entropy wave component at zero mode frequency is shown to be an estimate of the ion thermal conductivity, and its visibility is a direct measure of the ion-ion mean free path. The authors also propose to measure thermal transport parameters under dynamic conditions in which the plasma is heated impulsively by a laser beam on a fast ({approximately}50 ps) time scale. This technique will enable the authors to study heat transport in the presence of the large temperature gradients that are generated by this local heating mechanism. Deviations of the inferred local thermal conductivity from its Spitzer-Haerm value can be used to study the transition to the nonlocal heat transport regime. The authors have constructed a simple numerical model of this proposed experiment and present the results of a simulation. 41 refs., 9 figs.

  16. Status of the LBL experiment on femtosecond x-ray generation through 90{degree} Thomson scattering

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    Leemans, W.; Chattopadhyay, S.; Conde, M.; Glover, E.; Kim, K.J.; Schoenlein, R.; Shank, C.V.

    1994-06-01

    A status report on the generation of femtosecond X-ray pulses through 90{degrees} Thompson scattering is presented. The experiment involves a relativistic electron beam (tunable from 25--50 MeV) with a bunch length of 10 ps containing 1 {minus}2 nC, and a ultrashort pulse (50--200 fs), high power (4 TW) 0.8 {mu}m Ti:Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} laser system. Both beams are focussed down to about a 50 {mu}m waist size and intersect at 90{degrees}. The laser field acts as an electromagnetic undulator for the relativistic electron beam generating radiation upshifted by 2 {gamma}{sup 2} and a pulse length given by the transit time of the laser beam across the electron beam. For a 50 MeV electron beam we expect 10{sup 5} photons at 0.4 {angstrom} (10% bandwidth) in a cone angle of 6 mrad in a 170 fs pulse.

  17. Probing ionization of proton-heated matter with X-ray Thomson scattering

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    Davis, P.; Lepape, S.; Neumayer, P.; Hochhaus, D.; Ma, T.; Doeppner, T.; Kritcher, A. L.; Fortmann, C.; Bennuzzi-Mounaix, A.; Ravasio, A.; Koenig, M.; White, T.; Brown, C.; Gregori, G.; Falcone, R.; Landen, O. L.; Glenzer, S. H.

    2011-10-01

    We have demonstrated for the first time the effect of band structure on ionization state in the warm, dense matter regime. We compare the ionization state of two materials, B and BN, which have different room temperature band gaps. We show that in dense plasma conditions at temperatures of 13-18 eV, the band-gap of BN persists and lowers the ionization state to 0.5, compared to 2.5 in B. The experiment was performed on LLNL's Titan laser. The ultra-intense laser beam was split into two beams: one generated a proton beam while the other created a K-alpha x-ray probe. The proton beam isochorically heated the target foil, creating a solid-density plasma. Forward scattered x-rays were spectrally dispersed, providing an accurate measurement of the ionization and temperature from the position of the plasmon feature and the ratio of up- to down-shifted plasmon signals. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. DOE by the LLNL, through the Institute for Laser Science and Applications, under contract DE-AC52-07NA27344. The authors also acknowledge support from LDRD Grant No. 08-LW-004 and the NNSA SSGF program.

  18. Femtosecond X-ray generation through 90{sup o} Thomson scattering: Status of the LBL experiment

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    Leemans, W.; Schoenlein, R.; Chin, A.; Glover, E.; Conde, M.; Chattopadhyay, S.; Kim, K.J.; Shank, C.V.

    1994-11-01

    Scattering of femotosecond laser pulses off a low energy relativistic electron beam at 90{sup o} offers the possibility to generate ultrashort X-ray pulses. Experiments are under preparation in the Beam Test Facility of the Center for Beam Physics at LBL to demonstrate the generation and detection of such pulses. The experiments involve a relativistic electron beam (tunable from 25-50 MeV) with a bunch length of 10 ps containing 1-2 nC, and an ultra short pulse (50-200 fs), high peak power (>2 TW) 0.8 {mu}m Ti:Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} laser system. The electron beam, focused down to about a 50 {mu}m waist size intersects the focused laser beam at 90{sup o}. The laser field acts as an electromagnetic undulator with strength K (quiver velocity of an electron normalized to the speed of light) for the relativistic electron beam, generating radiation up-shifted by 2{gamma}{sup 2}/(1+K{sup 2}/2) and a pulse length given by the overlapped interaction length in time of the laser beam and the electron beam. Here {gamma} is the usual Lorentz factor. Wavelength tuning will be accomplished in the experiment by generating wiggler strengths on the order of one as well as by electron beam energy tuning. For a 50 MeV electron beam and a laser beam focused to an intensity on the order of 10{sup 16} W/cm{sup 2}, the authors expect 10{sup 5} photons at 0.4 {angstrom} (10% bandwidth) in a cone angle of 6 mrad in a 170 fs pulse.

  19. Continued Development of Python-Based Thomson Data Analysis and Associated Visualization Tool for NSTX-U

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    Wallace, William; Miller, Jared; Diallo, Ahmed

    2015-11-01

    MultiPoint Thomson Scattering (MPTS) is an established, accurate method of finding the temperature, density, and pressure of a magnetically confined plasma. Two Nd:YAG (1064 nm) lasers are fired into the plasma with a effective frequency of 60 Hz, and the light is Doppler shifted by Thomson scattering. Polychromators on the NSTX-U midplane collect the scattered photons at various radii/scattering angles, and the avalanche photodiode voltages are saved to an MDSplus tree for later analysis. IDL code is then used to determine plasma temperature, pressure, and density from the captured polychromator measurements via Selden formulas. [1] Previous work [2] converted the single-processor IDL code into Python code, and prepared a new architecture for multiprocessing MPTS in parallel. However, that work was not completed to the generation of output data and curve fits that match with the previous IDL. This project refactored the Python code into a object-oriented architecture, and created a software test suite for the new architecture which allowed identification of the code which generated the difference in output. Another effort currently underway is to display the Thomson data in an intuitive, interactive format. This work was supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) under the Community College Internship (CCI) program.

  20. Diagnosing collisions of magnetized, high energy density plasma flows using a combination of collective Thomson scattering, Faraday rotation, and interferometry (invited).

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    Swadling, G F; Lebedev, S V; Hall, G N; Patankar, S; Stewart, N H; Smith, R A; Harvey-Thompson, A J; Burdiak, G C; de Grouchy, P; Skidmore, J; Suttle, L; Suzuki-Vidal, F; Bland, S N; Kwek, K H; Pickworth, L; Bennett, M; Hare, J D; Rozmus, W; Yuan, J

    2014-11-01

    A suite of laser based diagnostics is used to study interactions of magnetised, supersonic, radiatively cooled plasma flows produced using the Magpie pulse power generator (1.4 MA, 240 ns rise time). Collective optical Thomson scattering measures the time-resolved local flow velocity and temperature across 7-14 spatial positions. The scattering spectrum is recorded from multiple directions, allowing more accurate reconstruction of the flow velocity vectors. The areal electron density is measured using 2D interferometry; optimisation and analysis are discussed. The Faraday rotation diagnostic, operating at 1053 nm, measures the magnetic field distribution in the plasma. Measurements obtained simultaneously by these diagnostics are used to constrain analysis, increasing the accuracy of interpretation. PMID:25430344

  1. Diagnosing collisions of magnetized, high energy density plasma flows using a combination of collective Thomson scattering, Faraday rotation, and interferometry (invited)

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    Swadling, G. F.; Lebedev, S. V.; Hall, G. N.; Patankar, S.; Stewart, N. H.; Smith, R. A.; Harvey-Thompson, A. J.; Burdiak, G. C.; de Grouchy, P.; Skidmore, J.; Suttle, L.; Suzuki-Vidal, F.; Bland, S. N.; Kwek, K. H.; Pickworth, L.; Bennett, M.; Hare, J. D.; Rozmus, W.; Yuan, J.

    2014-11-01

    A suite of laser based diagnostics is used to study interactions of magnetised, supersonic, radiatively cooled plasma flows produced using the Magpie pulse power generator (1.4 MA, 240 ns rise time). Collective optical Thomson scattering measures the time-resolved local flow velocity and temperature across 7-14 spatial positions. The scattering spectrum is recorded from multiple directions, allowing more accurate reconstruction of the flow velocity vectors. The areal electron density is measured using 2D interferometry; optimisation and analysis are discussed. The Faraday rotation diagnostic, operating at 1053 nm, measures the magnetic field distribution in the plasma. Measurements obtained simultaneously by these diagnostics are used to constrain analysis, increasing the accuracy of interpretation.

  2. Diagnosing collisions of magnetized, high energy density plasma flows using a combination of collective Thomson scattering, Faraday rotation, and interferometry (invited)

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    Swadling, G. F. Lebedev, S. V.; Hall, G. N.; Patankar, S.; Stewart, N. H.; Smith, R. A.; Burdiak, G. C.; Grouchy, P. de; Skidmore, J.; Suttle, L.; Suzuki-Vidal, F.; Bland, S. N.; Kwek, K. H.; Pickworth, L.; Bennett, M.; Hare, J. D.; Harvey-Thompson, A. J.; Rozmus, W.; Yuan, J.

    2014-11-15

    A suite of laser based diagnostics is used to study interactions of magnetised, supersonic, radiatively cooled plasma flows produced using the Magpie pulse power generator (1.4 MA, 240 ns rise time). Collective optical Thomson scattering measures the time-resolved local flow velocity and temperature across 7–14 spatial positions. The scattering spectrum is recorded from multiple directions, allowing more accurate reconstruction of the flow velocity vectors. The areal electron density is measured using 2D interferometry; optimisation and analysis are discussed. The Faraday rotation diagnostic, operating at 1053 nm, measures the magnetic field distribution in the plasma. Measurements obtained simultaneously by these diagnostics are used to constrain analysis, increasing the accuracy of interpretation.

  3. Application of Thomson Scattering System at 1.06 {mu}m for Study of Plasma Density Dynamics at Multimirror Trap GOL-3

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    Polosatkin, S.V.; Burdakov, A.V.; Ivantsivsky, M.V.; Koidan, V.S.; Semionov, A.F.; Rovenskikh, V.V

    2005-01-15

    Thomson scattering system for measurements of radial profile of plasma density (range 0.5-5x10{sup 21} m{sup -3}) with temperature up to 2 keV was developed at the GOL-3 facility. First harmonics ({lambda}=1.06 {mu}m) of Nd glass laser is used. Scattered light from different points of plasma cross-section is imaged to a set of quartz optical fibers and detected by avalanche photodiodes.During the first 10 {mu}s after start of the relativistic electron beam injection the intense light emission from plasma is observed. Single powerful laser pulse is used for providing of good signal-noise ratio in this period. Later the plasma radiation intensity decreases and the less powerful laser oscillator operated in multiple-pulsed regime is used.Description of the diagnostics, methodical aspects of operation, and results of the density dynamics measurements are presented in the paper.

  4. THE THOMSON SURFACE. I. REALITY AND MYTH

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    Howard, T. A.; DeForest, C. E.

    2012-06-20

    The solar corona and heliosphere are visible via sunlight that is Thomson-scattered off free electrons and detected by coronagraphs and heliospheric imagers. It is well known that these instruments are most responsive to material at the 'Thomson surface', the sphere with a diameter passing through both the observer and the Sun. It is less well known that in fact the Thomson scattering efficiency is minimized on the Thomson surface. Unpolarized heliospheric imagers such as STEREO/HI are thus approximately equally responsive to material over more than a 90 Degree-Sign range of solar exit angles at each given position in the image plane. We call this range of angles the 'Thomson plateau'. We observe that heliospheric imagers are actually more sensitive to material far from the Thomson surface than close to it, at a fixed radius from the Sun. We review the theory of Thomson scattering as applied to heliospheric imaging, feature detection in the presence of background noise, geometry inference, and feature mass measurement. We show that feature detection is primarily limited by observing geometry and field of view, that the highest sensitivity for detection of density features is to objects close to the observer, that electron surface density inference is independent of geometry across the Thomson plateau, and that mass inference varies with observer distance in all geometries. We demonstrate the sensitivity results with a few examples of features detected by STEREO, far from the Thomson surface.

  5. Wave optical description of the Traveling-Wave Thomson-Scattering optical undulator field and its application to the TWTS-FEL

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    Steiniger, K.; Widera, R.; Pausch, R.; Debus, A.; Bussmann, M.; Schramm, U.

    2014-03-01

    We show that X-ray optical free-electron lasers (OFELs) can be realized using Traveling-Wave Thomson-Scattering (TWTS). In TWTS pulse front tilted laser pulses are scattered off relativistic electron bunches in a side-scattering geometry. The pulse-front tilt guarantees overlap between laser and electrons over distances in the meter range while both are traveling in different directions. An interaction distance of 90 cm is obtained in a setup were 590 MeV electrons scatter off a petawatt class laser incident under an angle of 4.5°. The amplification of the 1.5 Å radiation saturates at the end of the interaction. In order to account for spatial and temporal dispersion introduced with the pulse front tilt, we develop an exact three-dimensional analytical description of TWTS pulses that can be used in three-dimensional simulations of the radiation amplification process. The wave-optical formulation of the TWTS pulse includes dispersion to all orders and provides a general description of laser pulses diffracted at VLS gratings.

  6. Stable High-Brightness Electron Beam System with a Photocathode RF Gun for Short Pulse X-Ray Generation by Thomson Scattering

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    Sakai, Fumio; Yang, Jinfeng; Yorozu, Masafumi; Okada, Yasuhiro; Yanagida, Tatsuya; Endo, Akira

    2002-03-01

    A high-brightness electron accelerator system with a photocathode RF gun and an all-solid stable laser for the photocathode was installed, and a commissioning test was performed to generate short-pulse X-ray beams by the Thomson scattering method. Electron energy was boosted by a linear accelerator (linac) up to 14 MeV. Energy dispersion of the electron beams was measured to be 0.7% (rms). The normalized emittance of the electron beam was 4 πmm-mrad with a 0.4 nC bunch charge. The electron beam size at the interaction point, where the electron beams and high peak power laser light interacted, was measured to be 100 μm (rms). Good stability in the spatial and temporal domains was also obtained.

  7. A high-energy, high-flux source of gamma-rays from all-optical non-linear Thomson scattering

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    Corvan, D. J.; Zepf, M.; Sarri, G.

    2016-09-01

    γ-Ray sources are among the most fundamental experimental tools currently available to modern physics. As well as the obvious benefits to fundamental research, an ultra-bright source of γ-rays could form the foundation of scanning of shipping containers for special nuclear materials and provide the bases for new types of cancer therapy. However, for these applications to prove viable, γ-ray sources must become compact and relatively cheap to manufacture. In recent years, advances in laser technology have formed the cornerstone of optical sources of high energy electrons which already have been used to generate synchrotron radiation on a compact scale. Exploiting the scattering induced by a second laser, one can further enhance the energy and number of photons produced provided the problems of synchronisation and compact γ-ray detection are solved. Here, we report on the work that has been done in developing an all-optical and hence, compact non-linear Thomson scattering source, including the new methods of synchronisation and compact γ-ray detection. We present evidence of the generation of multi-MeV (maximum 16-18 MeV) and ultra-high brilliance (exceeding 1020 photons s-1mm-2mrad-2 0.1% BW at 15 MeV) γ-ray beams. These characteristics are appealing for the paramount practical applications mentioned above.

  8. Theoretical treatments of the bound-free contribution and experimental best practice in X-ray Thomson scattering from warm dense matter

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    Mattern, Brian A.; Seidler, Gerald T.

    2013-02-15

    By comparison with high-resolution synchrotron x-ray experimental results, we assess several theoretical treatments for the bound-free (core-electron) contribution to x-ray Thomson scattering (i.e., also known as nonresonant inelastic x-ray scattering). We identify an often overlooked source of systematic error in the plane-wave form factor approximation (PWFFA) used in the inference of temperature, ionization state, and free electron density in some laser-driven compression studies of warm dense matter. This error is due to a direct violation of energy conservation in the PWFFA. We propose an improved practice for the bound-free term that will be particularly relevant for XRTS experiments performed with somewhat improved energy resolution at the National Ignition Facility or the Linac Coherent Light Source. Our results raise important questions about the accuracy of state variable determination in XRTS studies, given that the limited information content in low-resolution XRTS spectra does not strongly constrain the models of electronic structure being used to fit the spectra.

  9. Nonlinear effects in Thomson backscattering

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    Maroli, C.; Petrillo, V.; Tomassini, P.; Serafini, L.

    2013-03-01

    We analyze the nonlinear classical effects of the X/γ radiation produced by Thomson/Compton sources. We confirm the development of spectral fringes of the radiation on axis, which comports broadening, shift, and deformation of the spectrum. For the nominal parameters of the SPARC-LAB Thomson scattering and of the European Proposal for the gamma source ELI-NP, however, the radiation, when collected in the suitable acceptance angle, does not reveal many differences from that predicted by the linear model and the nonlinear redshift is subdominant with respect to the quantum recoil. An experiment aimed to the study of the nonlinearities is proposed on the SPARC-LAB source.

  10. Demonstration of improvement in the signal-to-noise ratio of Thomson scattering signal obtained by using a multi-pass optical cavity on the Tokyo Spherical Tokamak-2.

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    Togashi, H; Ejiri, A; Hiratsuka, J; Nakamura, K; Takase, Y; Yamaguchi, T; Furui, H; Imamura, K; Inada, T; Kakuda, H; Nakanishi, A; Oosako, T; Shinya, T; Sonehara, M; Tsuda, S; Tsujii, N; Wakatsuki, T; Hasegawa, M; Nagashima, Y; Narihara, K; Yamada, I; Tojo, H

    2014-11-01

    The multi-pass Thomson scattering (TS) scheme enables obtaining many photons by accumulating multiple TS signals. The signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) depends on the accumulation number. In this study, we performed multi-pass TS measurements for ohmically heated plasmas, and the relationship between SNR and the accumulation number was investigated. As a result, improvement of SNR in this experiment indicated similar tendency to that calculated for the background noise dominant situation. PMID:25430259

  11. Demonstration of improvement in the signal-to-noise ratio of Thomson scattering signal obtained by using a multi-pass optical cavity on the Tokyo Spherical Tokamak-2

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    Togashi, H. Ejiri, A.; Nakamura, K.; Takase, Y.; Yamaguchi, T.; Furui, H.; Imamura, K.; Inada, T.; Nakanishi, A.; Oosako, T.; Shinya, T.; Tsuda, S.; Tsujii, N.; Hiratsuka, J.; Kakuda, H.; Sonehara, M.; Wakatsuki, T.; Hasegawa, M.; Nagashima, Y.; Narihara, K.; and others

    2014-11-15

    The multi-pass Thomson scattering (TS) scheme enables obtaining many photons by accumulating multiple TS signals. The signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) depends on the accumulation number. In this study, we performed multi-pass TS measurements for ohmically heated plasmas, and the relationship between SNR and the accumulation number was investigated. As a result, improvement of SNR in this experiment indicated similar tendency to that calculated for the background noise dominant situation.

  12. Measurements of Ionic Structure in Shock Compressed Lithium Hydride from Ultra-fast X-ray Thomson Scattering

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    Kritcher, A L; Neumayer, P; Brown, C; Davis, P; Doppner, T; Falcone, R W; Gericke, D O; Gregori, G; Holst, B; Landen, O L; Lee, H J; Morse, E C; Pelka, A; Redmer, R; Roth, M; Vorberger, J; Wunsch, K; Glenzer, S H

    2009-07-14

    We present the first ultrafast temporally, spectrally and angularly resolved x-ray scattering measurements from shock-compressed matter. These laser-compressed lithium-hydride samples are well characterized by inelastic Compton and Plasmon scattering of a K-{alpha} x-ray probe providing independent measurements of temperature and density. The experimental spectra yield the absolute elastic and inelastic scattering intensities from the measured density of free electrons. The data show excellent agreement with the total intensity and structure when using the two-species form factor and accounting for ionic screening.

  13. Profile measurements of the electron temperature on the ASDEX Upgrade, COMPASS, and ISTTOK tokamak using Thomson scattering, triple, and ball-pen probes

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    Adamek, J.; Müller, H. W.; Silva, C.; Schrittwieser, R.; Ionita, C.; Mehlmann, F.; Costea, S.; Horacek, J.; Kurzan, B.; Bilkova, P.; Böhm, P.; Aftanas, M.; Vondracek, P.; Stöckel, J.; Panek, R.; Fernandes, H.; Figueiredo, H.

    2016-04-01

    The ball-pen probe (BPP) technique is used successfully to make profile measurements of the electron temperature on the ASDEX Upgrade (Axially Symmetric Divertor Experiment), COMPASS (COMPact ASSembly), and ISTTOK (Instituto Superior Tecnico TOKamak) tokamak. The electron temperature is provided by a combination of the BPP potential (ΦBPP) and the floating potential (Vfl) of the Langmuir probe (LP), which is compared with the Thomson scattering diagnostic on ASDEX Upgrade and COMPASS. Excellent agreement between the two diagnostics is obtained for circular and diverted plasmas and different heating mechanisms (Ohmic, NBI, ECRH) in deuterium discharges with the same formula Te = (ΦBPP - Vfl)/2.2. The comparative measurements of the electron temperature using BPP/LP and triple probe (TP) techniques on the ISTTOK tokamak show good agreement of averaged values only inside the separatrix. It was also found that the TP provides the electron temperature with significantly higher standard deviation than BPP/LP. However, the resulting values of both techniques are well in the phase with the maximum of cross-correlation function being 0.8.

  14. Profile measurements of the electron temperature on the ASDEX Upgrade, COMPASS, and ISTTOK tokamak using Thomson scattering, triple, and ball-pen probes.

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    Adamek, J; Müller, H W; Silva, C; Schrittwieser, R; Ionita, C; Mehlmann, F; Costea, S; Horacek, J; Kurzan, B; Bilkova, P; Böhm, P; Aftanas, M; Vondracek, P; Stöckel, J; Panek, R; Fernandes, H; Figueiredo, H

    2016-04-01

    The ball-pen probe (BPP) technique is used successfully to make profile measurements of the electron temperature on the ASDEX Upgrade (Axially Symmetric Divertor Experiment), COMPASS (COMPact ASSembly), and ISTTOK (Instituto Superior Tecnico TOKamak) tokamak. The electron temperature is provided by a combination of the BPP potential (ΦBPP) and the floating potential (Vfl) of the Langmuir probe (LP), which is compared with the Thomson scattering diagnostic on ASDEX Upgrade and COMPASS. Excellent agreement between the two diagnostics is obtained for circular and diverted plasmas and different heating mechanisms (Ohmic, NBI, ECRH) in deuterium discharges with the same formula Te = (ΦBPP - Vfl)/2.2. The comparative measurements of the electron temperature using BPP/LP and triple probe (TP) techniques on the ISTTOK tokamak show good agreement of averaged values only inside the separatrix. It was also found that the TP provides the electron temperature with significantly higher standard deviation than BPP/LP. However, the resulting values of both techniques are well in the phase with the maximum of cross-correlation function being 0.8. PMID:27131677

  15. Suppression of spurious mode oscillation in mega-watt 77-GHz gyrotron as a high quality probe beam source for the collective Thomson scattering in LHD

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    Ogasawara, S.; Kubo, S.; Nishiura, M.; Tanaka, K.; Shimozuma, T.; Yoshimura, Y.; Igami, H.; Takahashi, H.; Ito, S.; Takita, Y.; Kobayashi, S.; Mizuno, Y.; Okada, K.; Tatematsu, Y.; Saito, T.; Minami, R.; Kariya, T.; Imai, T.

    2012-10-15

    Collective Thomson scattering (CTS) diagnostic requires a strong probing beam to diagnose a bulk and fast ion distribution function in fusion plasmas. A mega-watt gyrotron for electron cyclotron resonance heating is used as a probing beam in the large helical device. Spurious mode oscillations are often observed during the turning on/off phase of the modulation. The frequency spectra of the 77-GHz gyrotron output power have been measured, and then one of the spurious modes, which interferes with the CTS receiver system, is identified as the TE{sub 17,6} mode at the frequency of 74.7 GHz. The mode competition calculation indicates that the increase of the magnetic field strength at the gyrotron resonator can avoid such a spurious mode and excite only the main TE{sub 18,6} mode. The spurious radiation at the 74.7 GHz is experimentally demonstrated to be suppressed in the stronger magnetic field than that optimized for the high-power operation.

  16. Comparison of multialkali and GaAs photocathode detectors for Joint European Torus edge light detection and ranging Thomson scattering profiles

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    Kempenaars, M.; Nielsen, P.; Pasqualotto, R.; Gowers, C.; Beurskens, M.

    2004-10-01

    The Joint European Torus (JET) tokamak has two light detection and ranging (LIDAR) Thomson scattering systems, one for the core and one dedicated to the edge T{sub e} and n{sub e} profiles. The LIDAR scheme is unique to JET and is envisaged for use on ITER. The system's spatial resolution is defined by the convolution product of its components: laser pulse duration, detector response time, and digitizer speed. The original multialkali photocathode microchannel plate photomultipliers dictated the response time, resulting in a 12 cm spatial resolution along the line of sight. In the edge LIDAR system, this is improved by aligning the line of sight with the flux surfaces, thus improving the effective spatial resolution to 2 cm depending on the plasma configuration. To meet demands for better edge gradient resolution, an upgrade to higher quantum efficiency detectors was proposed. Four GaAs photocathode detectors have been procured, two of which surpass expectations. These detectors are shown to have a more than two times higher effective quantum efficiency and their response time is at least twice as fast as the multialkali detectors. Combined with a fast digitizer this improves the spatial resolution by a factor of two, down to one centimeter effective, depending on plasma configuration.

  17. Statistical modeling of deconvolution procedures for improving the resolution of measuring electron temperature profiles in tokamak plasmas by Thomson scattering lidar

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    Dreischuh, Tanja N.; Gurdev, Ljuan L.; Stoyanov, Dimitar V.

    2010-10-01

    The potentialities are investigated, by statistical modeling, of deconvolution techniques for high-resolution restoration of electron temperature profiles in fusion plasma reactors like Joint European Torus (JET) measured by Thomson scattering lidar using the center-of-mass wavelength approach. The sensing laser pulse shape and the receiving-system response function are assumed to be exponentially-shaped. The plasma light background influence is taken into account as well as the Poisson fluctuations of the photoelectron number after the photocathode enhanced in the process of cascade multiplying in the employed microchannel photomultiplier tube. It is shown that the Fourier-deconvolution of the measured long-pulse (lidar-response-convolved) lidar profiles, at relatively high and low signal-to-noise ratios, ensures a higher accuracy of recovering the electron temperature profiles with three times higher range resolution compared to the case without deconvolution. The final resolution scale is determined by the width of the window of an optimum monotone sharp-cutoff digital noise-suppressing (noise-controlling) filter applied to the measured lidar profiles.

  18. Suppression of spurious mode oscillation in mega-watt 77-GHz gyrotron as a high quality probe beam source for the collective Thomson scattering in LHD.

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    Ogasawara, S; Kubo, S; Nishiura, M; Tatematsu, Y; Saito, T; Tanaka, K; Shimozuma, T; Yoshimura, Y; Igami, H; Takahashi, H; Ito, S; Takita, Y; Kobayashi, S; Mizuno, Y; Okada, K; Minami, R; Kariya, T; Imai, T

    2012-10-01

    Collective Thomson scattering (CTS) diagnostic requires a strong probing beam to diagnose a bulk and fast ion distribution function in fusion plasmas. A mega-watt gyrotron for electron cyclotron resonance heating is used as a probing beam in the large helical device. Spurious mode oscillations are often observed during the turning on/off phase of the modulation. The frequency spectra of the 77-GHz gyrotron output power have been measured, and then one of the spurious modes, which interferes with the CTS receiver system, is identified as the TE(17,6) mode at the frequency of 74.7 GHz. The mode competition calculation indicates that the increase of the magnetic field strength at the gyrotron resonator can avoid such a spurious mode and excite only the main TE(18,6) mode. The spurious radiation at the 74.7 GHz is experimentally demonstrated to be suppressed in the stronger magnetic field than that optimized for the high-power operation. PMID:23126903

  19. Ultra-fast x-ray Thomson scattering measurements of insulator-metal transition in shock-compressed matter

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    Kritcher, A; Neumayer, P; Castor, J; Doppner, T; Falcone, R W; Landen, O L; Lee, H J; Lee, R W; Morse, E C; Ng, A; Pollaine, S; Price, D; Glenzer, S H

    2008-05-16

    Spectrally resolved scattering of ultra-short pulse laser-generated K-{alpha} x rays has been applied to measure the heating and compression of shocked solid-density lithium hydride. Two shocks launched by a nanosecond laser pulse coalesce yielding pressures of 400 gigapascals. The evolution of the intensity of the elastic (Rayleigh) scattering component indicates rapid heating to temperatures of 25,000 K on a 100 ps time scale. At shock coalescence, the scattering spectra show the collective plasmon oscillations indicating the transition to the dense metallic plasma state. The plasmon frequency determines the material compression, which is found to be a factor of three thereby reaching conditions in the laboratory important for studying astrophysics phenomena.

  20. Edge profile analysis of Joint European Torus (JET) Thomson scattering data: Quantifying the systematic error due to edge localised mode synchronisation.

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    Leyland, M J; Beurskens, M N A; Flanagan, J C; Frassinetti, L; Gibson, K J; Kempenaars, M; Maslov, M; Scannell, R

    2016-01-01

    The Joint European Torus (JET) high resolution Thomson scattering (HRTS) system measures radial electron temperature and density profiles. One of the key capabilities of this diagnostic is measuring the steep pressure gradient, termed the pedestal, at the edge of JET plasmas. The pedestal is susceptible to limiting instabilities, such as Edge Localised Modes (ELMs), characterised by a periodic collapse of the steep gradient region. A common method to extract the pedestal width, gradient, and height, used on numerous machines, is by performing a modified hyperbolic tangent (mtanh) fit to overlaid profiles selected from the same region of the ELM cycle. This process of overlaying profiles, termed ELM synchronisation, maximises the number of data points defining the pedestal region for a given phase of the ELM cycle. When fitting to HRTS profiles, it is necessary to incorporate the diagnostic radial instrument function, particularly important when considering the pedestal width. A deconvolved fit is determined by a forward convolution method requiring knowledge of only the instrument function and profiles. The systematic error due to the deconvolution technique incorporated into the JET pedestal fitting tool has been documented by Frassinetti et al. [Rev. Sci. Instrum. 83, 013506 (2012)]. This paper seeks to understand and quantify the systematic error introduced to the pedestal width due to ELM synchronisation. Synthetic profiles, generated with error bars and point-to-point variation characteristic of real HRTS profiles, are used to evaluate the deviation from the underlying pedestal width. We find on JET that the ELM synchronisation systematic error is negligible in comparison to the statistical error when assuming ten overlaid profiles (typical for a pre-ELM fit to HRTS profiles). This confirms that fitting a mtanh to ELM synchronised profiles is a robust and practical technique for extracting the pedestal structure. PMID:26827321

  1. Injectors for Multipoint Injection

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    Prociw, Lev Alexander (Inventor); Ryon, Jason (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    An injector for a multipoint combustor system includes an inner air swirler which defines an interior flow passage and a plurality of swirler inlet ports in an upstream portion thereof. The inlet ports are configured and adapted to impart swirl on flow in the interior flow passage. An outer air cap is mounted outboard of the inner swirler. A fuel passage is defined between the inner air swirler and the outer air cap, and includes a discharge outlet between downstream portions of the inner air swirler and the outer air cap for issuing fuel for combustion. The outer air cap defines an outer air circuit configured for substantially unswirled injection of compressor discharge air outboard of the interior flow passage.

  2. THE THOMSON SURFACE. II. POLARIZATION

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    DeForest, C. E.; Howard, T. A.; Tappin, S. J.

    2013-03-01

    The solar corona and heliosphere are visible via sunlight that is Thomson-scattered off free electrons, yielding a radiance against the celestial sphere. In this second part of a three-article series, we discuss linear polarization of this scattered light parallel and perpendicular to the plane of scatter in the context of heliospheric imaging far from the Sun. The difference between these two radiances (pB) varies quite differently with scattering angle, compared to the sum that would be detected in unpolarized light (B). The difference between these two quantities has long been used in a coronagraphic context for background subtraction and to extract some three-dimensional information about the corona; we explore how these effects differ in the wider-field heliospheric imaging case where small-angle approximations do not apply. We develop an appropriately simplified theory of polarized Thomson scattering in the heliosphere, discuss signal-to-noise considerations, invert the scattering equations analytically to solve the three-dimensional object location problem for small objects, discuss exploiting polarization for background subtraction, and generate simple forward models of several classes of heliospheric feature. We conclude that pB measurements of heliospheric material are much more localized to the Thomson surface than are B measurements, that the ratio pB/B can be used to track solar wind features in three dimensions for scientific and space weather applications better in the heliosphere than corona, and that,as an independent measurement of background signal, pB measurements may be used to reduce the effect of background radiances including the stably polarized zodiacal light.

  3. 47 CFR 1.824 - Random selection procedures for Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service and Multipoint...

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    2010-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Random selection procedures for Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service and Multipoint Distribution Service H-Channel stations. 1.824 Section 1.824... for Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service and Multipoint Distribution Service...

  4. Dual color x-rays from Thomson or Compton sources

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    Petrillo, V.; Bacci, A.; Curatolo, C.; Ferrario, M.; Maroli, C.; Rau, J. V.; Ronsivalle, C.; Serafini, L.; Vaccarezza, C.; Venturelli, M.

    2015-05-01

    We analyze the possibility of producing two color X or γ radiation by Thomson/Compton back-scattering between a high intensity laser pulse and a two-energy level electron beam, constituted by a couple of beamlets separated in time and/or energy obtained by a photoinjector with comb laser techniques and linac velocity bunching. The parameters of the Thomson source at SPARC_LAB have been simulated, proposing a set of values for a realistic experiments.

  5. Joule Thomson refrigerator

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    Chan, Chung K. (Inventor); Gatewood, John R. (Inventor)

    1988-01-01

    A bi-directional Joule Thomson refrigerator is described, which is of simple construction at the cold end of the refrigerator. Compressed gas flowing in either direction through the Joule Thomson expander valve and becoming liquid, is captured in a container in direct continuous contact with the heat load. The Joule Thomson valve is responsive to the temperature of the working fluid near the valve, to vary the flow resistance through the valve so as to maintain a generally constant flow mass between the time that the refrigerator is first turned on and the fluid is warm, and the time when the refrigerator is near its coldest temperature and the fluid is cold. The valve is operated by differences in thermal coefficients of expansion of materials to squeeze and release a small tube which acts as the expander valve.

  6. REACHING ULTRA HIGH PEAK CHARACTERISTICS IN RELATIVISTIC THOMSON BACKSCATTERING.

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    POGORELSKY,I.V.; BEN ZVI,I.; HIROSE,T.; KASHIWAGI,S.; YAKIMENKO,V.; KUSCHE,K.; SIDDONS,P.; ET AL

    2001-11-29

    The concept of x-ray laser synchrotron sources (LSS) based on Thomson scattering between laser photons and relativistic electrons leads to future femtosecond light-source facilities fit to multidisciplinary research in ultra-fast structural dynamics. Enticed by these prospects, the Brookhaven Accelerator Test Facility (ATF) embarked into development of the LSS based on a combination of a photocathode RF linac and a picosecond CO{sub 2} laser. We observed the record 1.7 x 10{sup 8} x-ray photons/pulse yield generated via relativistic Thomson scattering between the 14 GW CO{sub 2} laser and 60 MeV electron beam.

  7. The SPARC_LAB Thomson source

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    Vaccarezza, C.; Alesini, D.; Anania, M. P.; Bacci, A.; Biagioni, A.; Bisesto, F.; Bellaveglia, M.; Cardarelli, P.; Cardelli, F.; Cianchi, A.; Chiadroni, E.; Croia, M.; Curcio, A.; Delogu, P.; Giovenale, D. Di; Domenico, G. Di; Pirro, G. Di; Drebot, I.; Ferrario, M.; Filippi, F.; Gallo, A.; Galletti, M.; Gambaccini, M.; Giribono, A.; Golosio, B.; Li, W.; Mostacci, A.; Oliva, P.; Palmer, D.; Petrillo, V.; Petrarca, M.; Pioli, S.; Piersanti, L.; Pompili, R.; Romeo, S.; Rossi, A. R.; Scifo, J.; Serafini, L.; Suliman, G.; Villa, F.

    2016-09-01

    The SPARC_LAB Thomson source is a compact X-ray source based on the Thomson backscattering process presently under its second phase of commissioning at the LNF. The electron beam energy ranges between 30 and 150 MeV, the electrons collide head-on with the Ti:Sapphire FLAME laser pulse the energy of which ranges between 1 and 5 J with pulse lengths in the 25 fs-10 ps range, this provides an X-ray energy tunability in the range of 20-500 keV, with the further capability to generate strongly non-linear phenomena and to drive diffusion processes due to multiple and plural scattering effects. The experimental results of the obtained X-ray radiation are presented.

  8. Multipoint study of interplanetary shocks

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    Blanco-Cano, Xochitl; Kajdic, Primoz; Russell, Christopher T.; Aguilar-Rodriguez, Ernesto; Jian, Lan K.; Luhmann, Janet G.

    2016-04-01

    Interplanetary (IP) shocks are driven in the heliosphere by Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections (ICMEs) and Stream Interaction Regions (SIRs). These shocks perturb the solar wind plasma, and play an active role in the acceleration of ions to suprathermal energies. Shock fronts evolve as they move from the Sun. Their surfaces can be far from uniform and be modulated by changes in the ambient solar wind (magnetic field orientation, flow velocity), shocks rippling, and perturbations upstream and downstream from the shocks, i.e., electromagnetic waves. In this work we use multipoint observations from STEREO, WIND, and MESSENGER missions to study shock characteristics at different helio-longitudes and determine the properties of the waves near them. We also determine shock longitudinal extensions and foreshock sizes. The variations of geometry along the shock surface can result in different extensions of the wave and ion foreshocks ahead of the shocks, and in different wave modes upstream and downtream of the shocks. We find that the ion foreshock can extend up to 0.2 AU ahead of the shock, and that the upstream region with modified solar wind/waves can be very asymmetric.

  9. Cycling Joule Thomson refrigerator

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Tward, E. (Inventor)

    1983-01-01

    A symmetrical adsorption pump/compressor system having a pair of mirror image legs and a Joule Thomson expander, or valve, interposed between the legs thereof for providing a, efficient refrigeration cycle is described. The system further includes a plurality of gas operational heat switches adapted selectively to transfer heat from a thermal load and to transfer or discharge heat through a heat projector, such as a radiator or the like. The heat switches comprise heat pressurizable chambers adapted for alternate pressurization in response to adsorption and desorption of a pressurizing gas confined therein.

  10. Optimizing Thomson's jumping ring

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    Tjossem, Paul J. H.; Brost, Elizabeth C.

    2011-04-01

    The height to which rings will jump in a Thomson jumping ring apparatus is the central question posed by this popular lecture demonstration. We develop a simple time-averaged inductive-phase-lag model for the dependence of the jump height on the ring material, its mass, and temperature and apply it to measurements of the jump height for a set of rings made by slicing copper and aluminum alloy pipe into varying lengths. The data confirm a peak jump height that grows, narrows, and shifts to smaller optimal mass when the rings are cooled to 77 K. The model explains the ratio of the cooled/warm jump heights for a given ring, the reduction in optimal mass as the ring is cooled, and the shape of the mass resonance. The ring that jumps the highest is found to have a characteristic resistance equal to the inductive reactance of the set of rings.

  11. Multipoint laser vibrometer for modal analysis.

    PubMed

    MacPherson, William N; Reeves, Mark; Towers, David P; Moore, Andrew J; Jones, Julian D C; Dale, Martin; Edwards, Craig

    2007-06-01

    Experimental modal analysis of multifrequency vibration requires a measurement system with appropriate temporal and spatial resolution to recover the mode shapes. To fully understand the vibration it is necessary to be able to measure not only the vibration amplitude but also the vibration phase. We describe a multipoint laser vibrometer that is capable of high spatial and temporal resolution with simultaneous measurement of 256 points along a line at up to 80 kHz. The multipoint vibrometer is demonstrated by recovering modal vibration data from a simple test object subject to transient excitation. A practical application is presented in which the vibrometer is used to measure vibration on a squealing rotating disk brake. PMID:17514265

  12. Local multipoint distribution services: deployment planning

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    Chu, Narisa N.

    1999-01-01

    A process to estimate LMDS (Local Multipoint Distribution Service) equipment costs is provided for deployment planning purposes. Crucial LMDS network design parameters are reviewed. The composite effects of the LMDS cell propagation are investigated by taking into account the rainfall level, size of the area, business density, antenna height, and foliage. A composite multiplier is derived for a few example cities. The derivation needs to be verified with field measurements.

  13. Compton scattering overview

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    Hartemann, F V

    2008-12-01

    An overview of linear and nonlinear Compton scattering is presented, along with a comparison with Thomson scattering. Two distinct processes play important roles in the nonlinear regime: multi-photon interactions, leading to the generation of harmonics, and radiation pressure, yielding a downshift of the radiated spectral features. These mechanisms, their influence on the source brightness, and different modeling strategies are also briefly discussed.

  14. Scalar discrete nonlinear multipoint boundary value problems

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    Rodriguez, Jesus; Taylor, Padraic

    2007-06-01

    In this paper we provide sufficient conditions for the existence of solutions to scalar discrete nonlinear multipoint boundary value problems. By allowing more general boundary conditions and by imposing less restrictions on the nonlinearities, we obtain results that extend previous work in the area of discrete boundary value problems [Debra L. Etheridge, Jesus Rodriguez, Periodic solutions of nonlinear discrete-time systems, Appl. Anal. 62 (1996) 119-137; Debra L. Etheridge, Jesus Rodriguez, Scalar discrete nonlinear two-point boundary value problems, J. Difference Equ. Appl. 4 (1998) 127-144].

  15. Multi-Point Combustion System: Final Report

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    Goeke, Jerry; Pack, Spencer; Zink, Gregory; Ryon, Jason

    2014-01-01

    A low-NOx emission combustor concept has been developed for NASA's Environmentally Responsible Aircraft (ERA) program to meet N+2 emissions goals for a 70,000 lb thrust engine application. These goals include 75 percent reduction of LTO NOx from CAEP6 standards without increasing CO, UHC, or smoke from that of current state of the art. An additional key factor in this work is to improve lean combustion stability over that of previous work performed on similar technology in the early 2000s. The purpose of this paper is to present the final report for the NASA contract. This work included the design, analysis, and test of a multi-point combustion system. All design work was based on the results of Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling with the end results tested on a medium pressure combustion rig at the UC and a medium pressure combustion rig at GRC. The theories behind the designs, results of analysis, and experimental test data will be discussed in this report. The combustion system consists of five radially staged rows of injectors, where ten small scale injectors are used in place of a single traditional nozzle. Major accomplishments of the current work include the design of a Multipoint Lean Direct Injection (MLDI) array and associated air blast and pilot fuel injectors, which is expected to meet or exceed the goal of a 75 percent reduction in LTO NOx from CAEP6 standards. This design incorporates a reduced number of injectors over previous multipoint designs, simplified and lightweight components, and a very compact combustor section. Additional outcomes of the program are validation that the design of these combustion systems can be aided by the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics to predict and reduce emissions. Furthermore, the staging of fuel through the individually controlled radially staged injector rows successfully demonstrated improved low power operability as well as improvements in emissions over previous multipoint designs. Additional comparison

  16. Rothmund-Thomson syndrome.

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    Larizza, Lidia; Roversi, Gaia; Volpi, Ludovica

    2010-01-01

    Rothmund-Thomson syndrome (RTS) is a genodermatosis presenting with a characteristic facial rash (poikiloderma) associated with short stature, sparse scalp hair, sparse or absent eyelashes and/or eyebrows, juvenile cataracts, skeletal abnormalities, radial ray defects, premature aging and a predisposition to cancer. The prevalence is unknown but around 300 cases have been reported in the literature so far. The diagnostic hallmark is facial erythema, which spreads to the extremities but spares the trunk, and which manifests itself within the first year and then develops into poikiloderma. Two clinical subforms of RTS have been defined: RTSI characterised by poikiloderma, ectodermal dysplasia and juvenile cataracts, and RTSII characterised by poikiloderma, congenital bone defects and an increased risk of osteosarcoma in childhood and skin cancer later in life. The skeletal abnormalities may be overt (frontal bossing, saddle nose and congenital radial ray defects), and/or subtle (visible only by radiographic analysis). Gastrointestinal, respiratory and haematological signs have been reported in a few patients. RTS is transmitted in an autosomal recessive manner and is genetically heterogeneous: RTSII is caused by homozygous or compound heterozygous mutations in the RECQL4 helicase gene (detected in 60-65% of RTS patients), whereas the aetiology in RTSI remains unknown. Diagnosis is based on clinical findings (primarily on the age of onset, spreading and appearance of the poikiloderma) and molecular analysis for RECQL4 mutations. Missense mutations are rare, while frameshift, nonsense mutations and splice-site mutations prevail. A fully informative test requires transcript analysis not to overlook intronic deletions causing missplicing. The diagnosis of RTS should be considered in all patients with osteosarcoma, particularly if associated with skin changes. The differential diagnosis should include other causes of childhood poikiloderma (including dyskeratosis

  17. Upgraded Calibrations of the Thomson System at DIII-D

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    B. Bray; C. Hsieh; T.N. Carlstrom; C.C. Makariou

    2000-08-01

    The DIII-D Thomson system measures electron density and temperature with eight pulsed ND:YAG lasers along three paths through the plasma vessel. The components of the Thomson system are absolutely calibrated so the measurements can be combined into a single profile from a normalized plasma radius ({rho}) of about 0.1 to the edge of the plasma. A monochromator calibration and opto-electronic calibration measure the detectors' absolute sensitivity to background and pulsed light. A Rayleigh scattering calibration and transmission calibrations measure the transmission of light to the detectors. The calibration systems are being upgraded to reduce the effect of systematic errors on the temperature and density measurements. The systematic errors can be checked by a comparison of overlapping channels and estimated from fits to the profiles. The contributions of the systematic uncertainties relative to the statistical uncertainties of the measurement are discussed through simulations and experimental data.

  18. Fairness for ABR multipoint-to-point connections

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    Fahmy, Sonia; Jain, Raj; Goyal, Rohit; Vandalore, Bobby

    1998-10-01

    In multipoint-to-point connections, the traffic at the root is the combination of all traffic originating at the leaves. A crucial concern in the case of multiple senders is how to define fairness within a multicast group, and among groups and point-to-point connections. Fairness definition can be complicated since the multipoint connection can have the same identifier on each link, and senders might not be distinguishable in this case. Many rate allocation algorithms implicitly assume that there is only one sender in each VC, which does not hold for multipoint-to-point cases. We give various possibilities for defining fairness for multipoint connections, and show the tradeoffs involved. In addition, we show that ATM bandwidth allocation algorithms need to be adapted to give fair allocations for multipoint-to-point connections.

  19. Multipoint free-space optics system for short-range communications between flight platforms.

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    Heng, Kiang Huat; Zhong, Wen-De; Cheng, Tee Hiang

    2010-01-10

    The problems associated with using typical free-space optics (FSO) transceivers for multipoint communications on flight platforms, such as satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles, in a cluster are discussed and the transceivers are found to be unsuitable for concurrent multipoint communications in those platforms. To overcome the problems, a multipoint FSO system design is proposed. The design of the multipoint system is described and the performance of the multipoint receiver is evaluated in terms of receive gain under different conditions. The proposed multipoint system design offers a promising way to implement concurrent multipoint communications on flight platforms with power, weight, and size advantages compared to the use of multiple transceivers. PMID:20062513

  20. Multipoint vibrometry with dynamic and static holograms

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    Haist, T.; Lingel, C.; Osten, W.; Winter, M.; Giesen, M.; Ritter, F.; Sandfort, K.; Rembe, C.; Bendel, K.

    2013-12-15

    We report on two multipoint vibrometers with user-adjustable position of the measurement spots. Both systems are using holograms for beam deflection. The measurement is based on heterodyne interferometry with a frequency difference of 5 MHz between reference and object beam. One of the systems uses programmable positioning of the spots in the object volume but is limited concerning the light efficiency. The other system is based on static holograms in combination with mechanical adjustment of the measurement spots and does not have such a general efficiency restriction. Design considerations are given and we show measurement results for both systems. In addition, we analyze the sensitivity of the systems which is a major limitation compared to single point scanning systems.