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The TMX heavy ion beam probe

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3 Author(s)
G. A. Hallock ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Texas Univ., Austin, TX, USA ; R. L. Hickok ; R. S. Hornady

A heavy ion beam probe has been used to measure the radial space potential distribution in the central cell of TMX. This was the first beam probe system to utilize computer control, CAMAC instrumentation, and fast time response for broadband fluctuation capabilities. The fast time response was obtained using off-line processing of the energy analyzer detector signals and wideband transimpedance amplifiers. The on-axis space potential was found to be 300-400 V, with φe/Tec~8. The radial potential profile is parabolic when gas box fueling is used. The frequency of observed fluctuations was found to agree with the E×B plasma rotation frequency during the discharge. The measured Tl++ secondary ion current level is consistent with calculations, given reasonable assumptions for beam attenuation

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IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 4 )