MAST YAG Thomson scattering upgrade alignment system

Figueiredo, J.; Naylor, G.; Walsh, M.; Dunstan, M.; Scannell, R.; Serra, F.
October 2010
Review of Scientific Instruments;Oct2010, Vol. 81 Issue 10, p10D521
Academic Journal
The recent upgrade to the MAST YAG Thomson scattering while enhancing the diagnostic capabilities increased the complexity of the system. There are eight YAG lasers now operational, doubling the number from the previous setup. This means alignment between each laser individually and reference points is essential to guarantee data quality and diagnostic reliability. To address this issue an alignment system was recently installed. It mimics the beams alignment in MAST by sampling 1% of the laser beam that is sent into a telescope which demagnifies by a factor of 8. The demagnified beam is viewed with a CCD camera. By scanning the camera the profile and position of the beams in the scattering zone and in a range of several meters inside MAST can be determined. Therefore alignment is checked along the beam path without having to sample it inside the vessel. The experimental apparatus and test procedures are described.


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