Operational status of the Magnum-PSI linear plasma device

TitleOperational status of the Magnum-PSI linear plasma device
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsJ. Scholten, P.AZeijlma van Emmichoven, H.JN van Eck, P.HM Smeets, G.C De Temmerman, S. Brons, M.A van den Berg, H.J van der Meiden, M.J. van de Pol, MF Graswinckel, P.WC Groen, A.J Poelman, J.W Genuit
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Pagination1785 - 1788
KeywordsITER, Magnum-PSI, plasma generator, Plasma surface interactions

The construction phase of the linear plasma generator Magnum-PSI at the FOM institute DIFFER has been completed and the facility has been officially opened in March 2012. The scientific program to gain more insight in the plasma–wall interactions relevant for ITER and future fusion reactors has started. In Magnum-PSI, targets of a wide range of materials and shapes can be exposed to high particle, high heat flux plasmas (>1024 ions m−2 s−1; >10 MW/m2). For magnetization of the plasma, oil-cooled electromagnets are temporarily installed to enable pulsed operation until the device is upgraded with a superconducting magnet. The magnets generate a field of up to 1.9 T close to the plasma source for a duration of 6 s. Longer exposure times are available for lower field settings. Plasma characterizations were done with a variety of gases (H, D, He, Ne and Ar) to determine the machine performance and prepare for subsequent scientific experiments. Thomson scattering and optical emission spectroscopy were used to determine the plasma parameters while infrared thermography and target calorimetry were used to determine the power loads to the surface. This paper reports on the status of Magnum-PSI and its diagnostic systems. In addition, an overview of the plasma parameters that can be achieved in the present state will be given.







Alternate TitleFusion Eng. Des.

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