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Final Design of Electrostatic Sensors for MITICA Beam Line Components

Spagnolo Silvia; Spolaore Monica; Dalla Palma Mauro; Pasqualotto Roberto; Barzon Andrea; Brombin Matteo; Franchin Luca; Sartori Emanuele; Tiso Andrea; Visentin Michele

Conference: 31st Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT 2020), , Virtual Conference , 20-25 September 2020 Year: 2020
ISTP Authors:
Monica Spolaore
Matteo Brombin
Mauro Dalla Palma
Roberto Pasqualotto

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MITICA is the full-scale prototype of ITER Neutral Beam Injector (NBI), currently under construction in Padova, Italy. In this facility, a 40 A beam of negative deuterium ions will be accelerated to 1 MV and then neutralized. The emerging beam, after the removal of residual ions, will be dumped onto the calorimeter (up to 17 MW are expected). In each component of the beamline, monitoring of the presence of plasma and its parameters is crucial: with this aim, various types of electrostatic sensors will be installed along the MITICA beamline. The Neutralizer and the Electric Residual Ion Dump (ERID) panels will be equipped with pairs of Langmuir probes at different vertical and axial positions, with the possibility to be set in single or double configurations and to provide local floating potential, ion density and electron temperature measurements. In the neutralizer, the sensors will provide information about the beam collisional processes, in view of a neutral fraction optimization. In the ERID, the objective of the sensors is to confirm the absence of plasma, which otherwise might invalidate the deflection properties of the device. In the calorimeter, biased electrodes will collect the secondary emission electrons produced by collisions with the cooling tube surfaces. The electrodes will provide vertical and horizontal profiles of the beam at the calorimeter, to study its horizontal steering, divergence and uniformity. Four different sensor designs have been developed to fulfil specific scientific and mechanical constrains at the different positions. In this contribution, the realization of the four prototypes, one for each sensor, together with a mock-up of the relative housing panel, is described. Problems or difficulties emerged during the manufacturing of specific elements or during the assembly of the sensors have been identified and fixed and the prototypes tested. The final design is, thus, presented.

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