Design of a new Nd:YAG Thomson scattering system for MAST

Design of a new Nd:YAG Thomson scattering system for MAST

Design of a new Nd:YAG Thomson scattering system for MAST 150 150 Mathew

A new infrared Thomson scattering system has been designed for the MAST tokamak. The system will measure at 120 spatial points with 10 mm resolution across the plasma. Eight 30 Hz 1.6 J Nd:YAG lasers will be combined to produce a sampling rate of 240 Hz. The lasers will follow separate parallel beam paths to the MAST vessel. Scattered light will be collected at approximately f /6 over scattering angles ranging from 80° to 120°. The laser energy and lens size, relative to an existing 1.2 J f /12 system, greatly increases the number of scattered photons collected per unit length of laser beam. This is the third generation of this polychromator to be built and a number of modifications have been made to facilitate mass production and to improve performance. Detected scattered signals will be digitized at a rate of 1 GS/s by 8 bit analog to digital converters ADCs. Data may be read out from the ADCs between laser pulses to allow for real-time analysis.

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31/10/2008