Submitted by jeffreyharris on Sat, 11/07/2020 - 13:55

G. Schlisio, C. C. Klepper, J. H. Harris, T. M. Biewer, V. R. Winters, U. Wenzel, P. Kornejew, H. Laqua, M. Krychowiak, and W7-X team, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 90, 093501 (2019);

Fusion reactors and long pulse fusion experiments heavily depend on a continuous fuel cycle, which requires detailed monitoring of exhaust gases. We have used a diagnostic residual gas analyzer (DRGA) built as a prototype for ITER and integrated it on the most advanced stellarator fusion experiment, Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X). The DRGA was equipped with a sampling tube and assessed for gas time of flight sample response, effects of magnetic field on gas detection and practical aspects of use in a state of the art fusion environment.

The setup was successfully commissioned and operated and was used to observe the gas composition of W7-X exhaust gases. The measured time of flight gas response was found to be in the order of a second for a 7 m sample tube. High values of magnetic field were found to affect the partial pressure readings of the DRGA and suggest that additional shielding is necessary in future experimental campaigns.

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