Langmuir probes attached to the plasma facing components of fusion experiments are biased with constant or swept voltages to obtain measurements of plasma parameters such as electron temperature and density. The circuitry used must be rugged and protect the power supplies and electronics against generally harsh conditions and sudden discharge terminations, or disruptions. Modularity, ease of repair and expandability are important because short-lived radiation from neutron activation is often present after the discharges, preventing access to the circuitry. We report the implementation of modular probe circuitry featuring robust protection, remote testing and reset and easy maintenance and expandability, achieved by using DIN-rail modules.
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Research Article| February 01 2001
Robust Langmuir probe circuitry for fusion research
J. Boedo, G. Gunner, D. Gray, R. Conn; Robust Langmuir probe circuitry for fusion research. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 1 February 2001; 72 (2): 1379–1382. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.1340023
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