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Calibration of a high spatial resolution laser two-color heterodyne interferometer for density profile measurements in the TJ-II stellarator

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6 Author(s)
Acedo, Pablo ; Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Avda. de la Universidad 30, Leganés, 28911 Madrid, Spain ; Pedreira, P. ; Criado, A.R. ; Lamela, Horacio
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A high spatial resolution two-color (CO2, λ=10.6 μm, He–Ne, λ=633 nm) interferometer for density profile measurements in the TJ-II stellarator is under development and installation, based in the currently operational single channel two-color heterodyne interferometer. To achieve the objectives of 32 channels, with 4–5 mm lateral separation between plasma chords, careful design and calibration of the interferometric waveforms for both the measurement and vibration compensation wavelengths are undertaken. The first step has been to set up in our laboratories an expanded-beam heterodyne/homodyne interferometer to evaluate the quality of both interferometric wavefronts, a reported source of poor vibration compensation and thus low resolution in the density profile measurements. This novel interferometric setup has allowed us to calibrate the spatial resolution in the profile measurements resulting in ∼2 mm lateral resolution in the reconstruction of the interferometric wavefront.

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Review of Scientific Instruments  (Volume:79 ,  Issue: 10 )