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A Thomson scattering system on the Hanbit magnetic mirror device has been installed to measure the electron temperature and density of the plasma in the central cell. The configuration is based on a standard 90° scattering scheme. The optical system consists of a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser, input optics, collection optics, spectrograph optics, detectors, and a data acquisition system. Although the laser beam path is about 50 m long and the background emissions are not low, the electron temperature measurements have been made at a single point on a shot-by-shot basis, in which the stray light was considerably suppressed by using a beam dump, a viewing dump, and baffles. The measured electron temperature is about 50–70 eV in experiments for plasma production and heating by ICRF of 200-kW-rf power using a slot antenna. A description of the installed system and the experimental results are presented. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.