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Experimental results on the coupling of a 2 x 24 waveguide grill are compared with theory. Graphite tiles attached directly to the grill and intended to protect the grill against particle bombardment are found to degrade the coupling substantially, if they protrude only a few millimetres beyond the actual grill surface. Measurements in this case are compatible with calculations where a vacuum gap is introduced between the grill and the plasma. Low reflection is obtained when the tiles do not protrude. Coupling can be maintained when the r.f. pulse is started while the plasma is near to the grill, and then moved to a larger grill-separatrix distance, where otherwise total reflection would occur.

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Authors: LEUTERER F ET AL., Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching bei München (DE);BARTIROMO R, ENEA, Centro Ricerche Energia Frascati, Roma (IT);TUCCILLO A, ENEA, Centro Ricerche Energia Frascati, Roma (IT);BERNABEI S, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton (US);FOREST C, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton (US)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, Vol. 33 (1991) No. 3, pp. 169-180
Record Number: 199110654 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en