Polarization issues with high power injection & low power emission in fusion experiments

T.P. Goodman, F. Felici, V.S. Udintsev

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All tokamak experiments using ECCD require setting of the beam elliptical polarization for proper coupling to the plasma. This is done either in the matching optics unit (MOU) at the output of the gyrotron, or in a couple of miter bends of the transmission line. Similarly, oblique ECE receivers require selection of the correct elliptical polarization to provide localized measurements. For the TCV tokamak at the CRPP, gyrotron and oblique-ECE polarizers are characterized during either high- or low- power testing of equipment: for the gyrotrons the behaviour is determined at a single frequency, but for the oblique-ECE the broadband response is needed. These characteristics are included in the calibration database and used during subsequent analysis of the power coupling to, or from, the sources (gyrotron, plasma, or low power transmitting antenna). A more detailed characterization has been carried out (at low power) with the MOU for the EU, 170 GHz, 2 MW, gyrotron prototype for ITER. This paper discusses the methodology and results of these measurements, as well as a review of nearly a decade's worth of experimental data from the 6 gyrotron, 3 MW, 82.6 GHz TCV system. In particular, the consistency between the calibrations and the subsequent data from tokamak experiments is analysed. © 2009 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th Topical Conference on Radio Frequency Power in Plasmas, 24 -26 June 2009, Gent, Belgium
EditorsV. Bobkov, J.-M. Noterdaeme
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X


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