Electron Cyclotron Emission (ECE) and Correlation ECE diagnostics on TCV
Swiss Plasma Center - EPFL - Station 13, Lausanne, CH
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Published online: 24 July 2017
The Electron Cyclotron Emission (ECE) and correlation ECE diagnostics in TCV have been upgraded during its 2014 shutdown; this paper will provide a brief overview on their updated architecture and capabilities. The ECE system is equipped with two radiometers, each with 24 channels (750 MHz bandwidth) looking at the plasma both from the low and high field side covering the whole vessel. Of particular interest is the possibility of acquiring signals through a vertical line of sight and a dual-axis steerable antenna to study the electron distribution function (EDF) in plasmas with Electron Cyclotron Current Drive (ECCD) or EC Resonant Heating (ECRH). The correlation ECE system has been equipped with a new independent front end connected to the steerable antenna. The main characteristics of the radiometer are the six YIG independently tunable (between 6–18 GHz) 170 MHz bandwidth channels that can be moved on the whole LFS of the vessel. Using correlation analysis techniques it is possible to study very small temperature fluctuations. A brief presentation of some applications where these capabilities have been exploited in past TCV experiments for the study of micro instabilities characteristics is also included.
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