3D metal powder additive manufacturing phased array antenna for multichannel Doppler reflectometer

T. Tokuzawa, T. Nasu, S. Inagaki, C. Moon, T. Ido, H. Idei, A. Ejiri, R. Imazawa, M. Yoshida, N. Oyama, K. Tanaka, K. Ida

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Measuring the time variation of the wavenumber spectrum of turbulence is important for understanding the characteristics of high-temperature plasmas, and the application of a Doppler reflectometer with simultaneous multi-frequency sources is expected. To implement this diagnostic in future fusion devices, the use of a phased array antenna (PAA) that can scan microwave beams without moving antennas is recommended. Since the frequency-scanning waveguide leaky-wave antenna-type PAA has a complex structure, we have investigated its characteristics by modeling it with 3D metal powder additive manufacturing (AM). First, a single waveguide is fabricated to understand the characteristics of 3D AM techniques, and it is clear that there are differences in performance depending on the direction of manufacture and surface treatment. Then, a PAA is made, and it is confirmed that the beam can be emitted in any direction by frequency scanning. The plasma flow velocity can be measured by applying the 3D manufacturing PAA to plasma measurement.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113535
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation


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