Interpretation and implementation of an ion sensitive probe as a plasma potential diagnostic

R. Ochoukov, D.G. Whyte, B. Lipschultz, B. Labombard, S. Wukitch

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An ion sensitive probe (ISP) is developed as a robust diagnostic for measuring plasma potentials () in magnetized plasmas. The ISP relies on the large difference between the ion and electron gyroradii (ρ / ρ ∼60) to reduce the electron collection at a collector recessed behind a separately biased wall distance ∼ ρ . We develop a new ISP method to measure the plasma potential that is independent of the precise position and shape of the collector. is found as the wall potential when charged current to the probe collector vanishes during the voltage sweep. The plasma potentials obtained from the ISP match measured with an emissive probe over a wide range of plasma conditions in a small magnetized plasma.
Original languageEnglish
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2010

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