Particle Diagnostics for Magnetic Fusion Experiments

  • Douglass E. Post
Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (volume 90)


The statement has been made [1] that the most impressive progress in the past twenty years in research in magnetic fusion has been in the area of diagnostics. Compared to the situation in fusion work in the 1950’s and early 1960’s, measured plasma parameters for present fusion experiments can be quoted with confidence. Often each parameter, such as temperature or density, is measured by a variety of techniques. Spatially and temporally resolved measurements are quite common (Fig. 1). While the progress in our theoretical understanding of fusion experiments has been impressive, the major thrust of fusion research continues to be the construction of larger experiments, and the measurement of the properties of the plasmas produced in the experiments. Diagnostics play a crucial role in this effort.


Charge Exchange Alpha Particle Fusion Experiment Neutral Beam Beam Attenuation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglass E. Post
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  1. 1.Plasma Physics LaboratoryPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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