Conceptual design and proof-of-principle testing of the real-time multispectral imaging system MANTIS

W. A.J. Vijvers*, R. T. Mumgaard, Y. Andrebe, I. G.J. Classen, B. P. Duval, B. Lipschultz

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The Multispectral Advanced Narrowband Tokamak Imaging System (MANTIS) is proposed to resolve the steep temperature and density gradients in the scrape-off layer of tokamaks in real-time. The initial design is to deliver two-dimensional distributions of key plasma parameters of the TCV tokamak to a real-time control system in order to enable novel control strategies, while providing new insights into power exhaust physics in the full offline analysis. This paper presents the conceptual system design, the mechanical and optical design of a prototype that was built to assess the optical performance, and the results of the first proof-of-principle tests of the prototype. These demonstrate a central resolving power of 50-46 line pairs per millimeter (CTF50) in the first four channels. For the additional channels, the sharpness is a factor two worse for the odd channels (likely affected by sub-optimal alignment), while the even channels continue the trend observed for the first four channels of 3% degradation per channel. This is explained by the self-cancellation of off-axis aberrations, which is an attractive property of the chosen optical design. The results show that at least a 10-channel real-time multispectral imaging system is feasible.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberC12058
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2017


  • Data acquisitioconcepts
  • Plasma diagnostics - high speed photograph
  • Plasma diagnostics - interferometry, spectroscopy and imaging

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