Diagnostics for the biased electrode experiment on NSTX

Roquemore, A. L.; Zweben, S. J.; Kaita, R.; Marsalsa, R. J.; Bush, C. E.; Maqueda, R. J.
October 2008
Review of Scientific Instruments;Oct2008, Vol. 79 Issue 10, p10F124
Academic Journal
A linear array of four small biased electrodes was installed in NSTX in an attempt to control the width of the scrape-off layer by creating a strong local poloidal electric field. The set of electrodes was separated poloidally by a 1 cm gap between electrodes and were located slightly below the midplane of NSTX, 1 cm behind the rf antenna, and oriented so that each electrode is facing approximately normal to the magnetic field. Each electrode can be independently biased to ±100 V. Present power supplies limit the current on two electrodes to 30 A and the other two to 10 A each. The effect of local biasing was measured with a set of Langmuir probes placed between the electrodes and another set extending radially outward from the electrodes, and also by the gas puff imaging diagnostic located 1 m away along the magnetic field lines intersecting the electrodes. Two fast cameras were also aimed directly at the electrode array. The hardware and controls of the biasing experiment will be presented and the initial effects on local plasma parameters will be discussed.


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