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The plasma in the periphery or in a divertor chamber of a magnetic fusion device plays an important role in the spread of particle and heat power. Optimising the role of such a plasma requires its characterisation and the understanding of all the mutual interactions of its constituents (ions, electrons, and neutrals), and also their interactions with the device materials. Among the various diagnostic methods, high-resolution passive spectroscopy is well suitable for such a purpose since it is non-intrusive. However, diagnostics based on this method requires an accurate modelling of the observed spectra. A fitting routine has been developed for the interpretation of D[alpha] spectra measured in front of a neutraliser plate of the Tore-Supra Ergodic Divertor. It takes into account both Zeeman and Doppler effects, the instrumental function, and the relaxation of the neutrals induced by elastic collisions with the plasma ions. On the other side, in order to study high-n Balmer lines and the continuum emission of deuterium in detached divertor plasmas, a more complex lineshape code developed for Stark broadening has been recently coupled to a code accounting for line-merging into the continuum. The code allows the convolution with a Gaussian (or a Lorentzian) to account for the Doppler broadening and the instrumental function. The Stark lineshape code has also been updated to include Zeeman effect and can be used for conditions where both Stark and Zeeman effects are important like in ITER-divertor plasmas.

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Authors: KOUBITI M ET AL, PIIM, Université de Provence, Marseille (FR);LOCH S, Department of Physics and Applied Physics, University of Strathclyde (GB);SUMMERS H P, Department of Physics and Applied Physics, University of Strathclyde (GB);MEIGS A, Euratom/UKAEA Association, Fusion Culham Science Centre, Abingdon (GB);CAPES H ET AL, Association Euratom-CEA Cadarache, St. Paul-lez-Durance (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Contributions to Plasma Physics, 42 (2002) 2-4, pp. 206-211
Record Number: 200215045 / Last updated on: 2002-07-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en