Experimental tests of an infrared video bolometer on Alcator C-Mod

TitleExperimental tests of an infrared video bolometer on Alcator C-Mod
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsM.L Reinke, J.L Terry, G.G van Eden, B.J Peterson, K. Mukai, T.K Gray, B.C Stratton
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments

A prototype of an infrared imaging bolometer (IRVB) was successfully tested on the Alcator C-Mod tokamak at the end of its 2016 campaign. The IRVB method interprets the power radiated from the plasma by measuring the temperature rise of a thin, ∼2 μm, Pt absorber that is placed in the torus vacuum and exposed, using a pinhole camera, to the full-spectrum of plasma’s photon emission. The IRVB installed on C-Mod viewed the poloidal cross section of the core plasma and observed Ohmic and ion cyclotron range of frequency (ICRF)-heated plasmas. Analysis of total radiated power and on-axis emissivity from IRVB is summarized, and quantitative comparisons made to data from both resistive bolometers and AXUV diodes. IRVB results are clearly within a factor of two, but additional effort is needed for it to be used to fully support power exhaust research. The IRVB is shown to be immune to electromagnetic interference from ICRF which strongly impacts C-Mod’s resistive bolometers. Results of the bench-top calibration are summarized, including a novel temperature calibration method useful for IRVBs.







Alternate TitleRev. Sci. Instrum.

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