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Qayyum A.,National Tokamak Fusion Program NTFP | Ahmad S.,National Tokamak Fusion Program NTFP | Khan R.,National Tokamak Fusion Program NTFP | Hussain S.,National Tokamak Fusion Program NTFP | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Fusion Energy | Year: 2015

Triple-probe has been developed and operated successfully to characterize ECRH-assisted argon as well as hydrogen microwave plasmas in GLAST Spherical Tokamak. This technique enables to determine transient plasma parameters such as floating potential, electron temperature and electron number density in rapidly time-varying plasmas. An effective electron heating mechanism is applied to produce microwave plasma by injecting radiofrequency (RF) radiation at a frequency of 2.45 GHz in the presence of resonant toroidal magnetic field. Plasma parameters and corresponding fluctuations are measured as a function of time in different gas fill pressures for various applied magnetic fields. The results demonstrate the dependence of plasma parameters such as Vf, Te, ne and their fluctuations on gas fill pressure during the pre-ionization phase of the GLAST operation. Plasma behavior is observed to be closely depending on the coupling of RF power during microwave discharge. Additionally, the hydrogen plasma shows pronounced fluctuations in comparison with argon plasma with some decrease in electron temperature and densities. © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media New York

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