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The numerous applications of cw collective Thomson scattering in fusion plasmas are greatly enhanced by the addition of a multichannel capability. This permits the determination of the dispersive properties (ω vs k) of waves on a single tokamak discharge. This paper describes the development, calibration, and application of such systems in the far‐infrared spectral region. The measurement of the wave dispersion of externally excited ion Bernstein waves leads to the determination of ion temperature in a tokamak plasma. In addition, the study of naturally occurring microturbulence has produced a series of unique observations which has both motivated theoretical effort and clarified the role of density fluctuations in anomalous transport.