IShTAR (Ion cyclotron Sheath Test ARrangement) is a linear magnetized plasma test facility dedicated to the investigation of RF wave/plasma interaction  in the Ion Cyclotron Range of Frequencies (ICRF). It provides a better accessibility for the instrumentation than tokamaks while being representative of the neighboring region of the wave emitter. It is equipped with a magnetized plasma source (1 m long, 0.4 m diameter) powered by a helical antenna up to 3 kW at 11 MHz. We present the results of the first analysis of the plasma characteristics (plasma density, electron temperature) in function of the operating parameters (injected power, neutral pressure and magnetic field) as measured with fixed and movable Langmuir probes, spectrometer and cameras. The plasma is presently produced only by the helical antenna (no ICRF). We show that the plasma exists in three regime depending on the power level: the first two ones are stable and separated by a jump in density; a first spatial profile of the plasma density has been established for these modes; The third mode is unstable, characterized by strong oscillations of the plasma tube position.
First experimental results on the IShTAR testbed
R. D’Inca, J. Jacquot, R. Ochoukov, I. Morgal, K. Crombe, F. Louche, D. Van Eester, S. Heuraux, S. Devaux, J. Moritz, E. Faudot, H. Fünfgelder, H. Faugel, J.-M. Noterdaeme; First experimental results on the IShTAR testbed. AIP Conf. Proc. 10 December 2015; 1689 (1): 050010. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4936498
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