High Rate Measurements of the Neutron Camera and Broadband Neutron Spectrometer at JET

High Rate Measurements of the Neutron Camera and Broadband Neutron Spectrometer at JET

High Rate Measurements of the Neutron Camera and Broadband Neutron Spectrometer at JET 150 150 Mathew

The Joint European Torus (JET, Culham, UK) is the largest tokamak in the world. JET has been upgraded over the years and recently it has also become a test facility of the components designed for ITER, the next step fusion machine under construction in Cadarache (France). At JET, the neutron emission profile of Deuterium (D) or Deuterium-Tritium (DT) plasmas is reconstructed using the neutron camera (KN3). In 2010 KN3 was equipped with a new digital data acquisition system (DAQ) based on Field Programmable Gated Array (FPGA). According to specifications, the DAQ is capable of high rate measurements up to 0.5 MCps. A new compact broadband spectrometer (KM12) based on BC501A organic liquid scintillating material was also installed in the same year and implements a similar DAQ as for KN3. This article illustrates the observations on the DAQ high count rate performance of both KN3 and KM12 in the latest JET D plasma experiments related to hybrid scenario and runaway electrons. For the latter, > 1 MCps event rate was achieved with consequences on the behavior of the FPGA and on the reliability of the measurements.

Collection:
Journals
Journal:
Physics Procedia
Publisher:
Elsevier
Published date:
04/01/2015