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The different reflectometry methods currently used for the determination of electron density profiles of fusion plasmas suffer serious limitations due mainly to plasma fluctuations and to parasitic reflections in the transmission waveguides. An advanced method, based on pulse compression radar techniques, can be applied to overcome these limitations. This paper reports 2 series of results obtained, which for the first time validate the pulse compression method for reflectometry on thermonuclear plasmas. The first results are for a reflector positioned a short distance beyond the end of a long, complex and oversized waveguide. The same waveguide is used for transmission and reception, inducing many parasitic reflections. The second series of results are from measurements on plasmas, using different waveguide configurations. Results both with the reflector and the plasma show that multiple reflections within the transmission line can be eliminated by a correction technique in the signal analysis procedure.

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Authors: LAVIRON C, CEA, CEN Cadarache, Saint Paul-lez-Durance (FR);MILLOT P, CERT/DERMO,Toulouse (FR);PRENTICE R, CERT/DERMO,Toulouse (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: Article : Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (1995)
Record Number: 199512129 / Last updated on: 1996-01-15
Original language: en
Available languages: en