Evaluation of possible nuclear magnetic resonance diagnostic techniques for tokamak experiments

Zweben, S. J.; Kornack, T. W.; Majeski, D.; Schilling, G.; Skinner, C. H.; Wilson, R.; Kuzma, N.
March 2003
Review of Scientific Instruments;Mar2003, Vol. 74 Issue 3, p1460
Academic Journal
Potential applications of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) diagnostic techniques to tokamak experiments are evaluated. NMR frequencies for hydrogen isotopes and low-Z nuclei in such experiments are in the frequency range ≈20-200 MHz, so existing rf antennas could be used to rotate the spin polarization and to make the NMR measurements. Our tentative conclusion is that such measurements are possible if highly spin polarized H or ³He gas sources (which exist) are used to fuel these plasmas. In addition, NMR measurements of the surface layers of the first wall (without plasma) may also be possible, e.g., to evaluate the inventory of tritium inside the vessel.


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