The four-beam correlation method has a potential of measuring fine-scale fluctuations locally. In the method, many lines of sight are measured and the coherences among them are calculated. As a proof of principle experiment, a visible fluctuation measurement system has been fabricated and applied to the TST-2 spherical tokamak plasma. Using this system, fluctuations were measured and high-frequency components (100 ± 12.5kHz) were analyzed. Because of a long parallel correlation length, local information was not obtained directly. However, comparison of the experimental results and those of a model calculation suggests that (i) the fluctuating emission is relatively localized in the peripheral region of the plasma, (ii) the perpendicular correlation length is of the order of 1 cm, while the parallel one is much longer than it and (iii) the magnetic field angle in the peripheral region agrees with that estimated from magnetic measurements.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Engineering
- General Physics and Astronomy