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The Doppler broadening of ion line profiles emitted by z-pinch plasma provides information about the thermalization of the implosion kinetic energy and the radiation efficiency of the pinch. Measurements of these line profiles are often complicated by source broadening in the instrument and opacity broadening of the emitted radiation. A high resolution concave crystal spectrometer in the Johann geometry was used to record the time averaged spectra of optically thin trace elements in the load. An imaging slit provided radially resolved but axially averaged spectra. The measurements indicate that lower ion temperatures (3–5 keV) are observed for Al wire loads on both the Saturn and Double EAGLE accelerators in the short current pulse mode (60–100 ns) than in the long pulse mode (125–225 ns) where values of 6.3–9.5 keV are observed. These values are smaller than those observed on Saturn by others. Furthermore, the wavelength at the line center of axially resolved ion line profiles on the DM-2 accelerator at Titan was observed to vary about some average value which implies an axially varying fluid motion of the plasma column transverse to the pinch axis. © 2002 American Institute of Physics.