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Effect of charging-up and regular usage on performance of the triple GEM detector to be employed for plasma radiation monitoring

Chernyshova, Maryna, Malinowski, Karol, Czarski, Tomasz, Demchenko, Iraida N., Melikhov, Yevgen, Kowalska-Strzęciwilk, Ewa, Wojeński, Andrzej and Krawczyk, Rafał D. 2020. Effect of charging-up and regular usage on performance of the triple GEM detector to be employed for plasma radiation monitoring. Fusion Engineering and Design 158 , 111755. 10.1016/j.fusengdes.2020.111755

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After the problem of high-temperature plasma confinement, construction of diagnostics that is able to identify plasma contamination with impurities and to determine impurity distribution is another critically important issue. Solution of this problem would enable progress towards the success in controlled thermonuclear fusion. A new diagnostics, based on Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM) technology, has been recently developed for poloidal tomography focused on radiation of the metal impurities by monitoring in Soft X-Ray (SXR) region. GEM based detectors would undergo much less damage by neutrons than standard semiconductor diodes which results in better operational stability. This paper emphasizes the results of the latest examination of this type of detectors, showing influence of the charging-up effect on the detector performance and its physical properties for expected plasma radiation intensity. In addition, an undesired influence of aging of the detector window’s material on the performance of the GEM detector is also shown: regular (moderate or active) usage could lead to changes of material’s morphology as well as its composition. This study confirms the importance of further research into material’s optimization of GEM detectors used as a base for SXR tomographic diagnostics aimed to work under different plasma radiation conditions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0920-3796
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 June 2020
Date of Acceptance: 11 May 2020
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2020 12:37

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