15-20 October 2017
Europe/Zurich timezone

Langmuir Probe Characterization of the NIO1 Ion Source Plasma

17 Oct 2017, 16:30
2h 30m


Centre international de Conférence Genève (CICG). http://www.cicg.ch/
Poster presentation Negative ion sources Poster Session 2


Pierluigi Veltri (INFN - LNL/ RFX)


In view of the future experiments on the large ion sources used for the neutral beam injection system of ITER and DEMO reactor, a small scale negative ions source called NIO1 (Negative Ion Optimization, phase 1) is operated at Consorzio RFX since 2014 [1], [2]. At this stage H$^{-}$ are mainly formed by volume processes, while the use of cesium vapour to enhance the surface production is forseen in a second stage. The plasma is sustained by a 2.5 kW RF generator, inductively coupled via a seven turn coil surrounding the plasma chamber. The production and survival of negative ions stronlgy depends on the plasma properties in the vicinity of the apertures from which particles are extracted and a beam is formed. In order to characterize these properties against the variable pressures, power electric and magnetic field strenght in the source a dedicated campaign with a movable Langmuir probe immersed in the plasma was carried out. This paper firstly reports on the installation of such probe on NIO1 and on the development of its control and acquisition system. The data aquired in different source conditions are then presented and discussed.


This work has been carried out within the framework of the EUROfusion Consortium and has received funding from the Euratom research and training programme 2014-2018 under grant agreement No 633053. The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the European Commission.


[1] M. Cavenago et. al., Construction of a versatile negative ion source and related developments, AIP Conf. Proc. 1515, 157 (2013).

[2]. M. Cavenago et. al., Improvements of the Versatile Multiaperture Negative Ion Source NIO1, NIBS 2016 conference proceedings.

Primary author

Pierluigi Veltri (INFN - LNL/ RFX)


Laura Buonincontri (UNIPD) Emanuele Sartori (Consorzio RFX/UNIPD) Marco Cavenago (INFN-LNL) Vannino Cervaro (Consorzio RFX) Michele Fincato (Consorzio RFX) Bruno Laterza (Consorzio RFX) Gianluca Moro (Consorzio RFX/UNIPD) Gianluigi Serianni (Consorzio RFX)

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