DT results of TFTR`s alpha collector [report]

H.W. Herrmann, S.J. Zweben, D.S. Darrow, J.R. Timberlake, G.P. Chong, A.A. Haasz, C.S. Pitcher, R.G. Macaulay-Newcombe
1996 unpublished
An escaping alpha collector probe has been developed for TFTR's DT phase to complement the results of the lost alpha scintillator detectors which have been operating on TFTR since 1988. Measurements of the energy distribution of escaping alphas have been made by measuring the range of alphas implanted into nickel foils located within the alpha collector. Exposed samples have been analyzed for 4 DT plasma discharges at plasma currents of 1.0 and 1.8 MA. The results at 1.0 MA are in good
more » ... re in good agreement with predictions for first orbit alpha loss at 3.5 MeV. The 1.8 MA results, however, indicate a large anomalous loss of partially thermalized alphas at an energy 30 below the birth energy and at a total fluence nearly an order of magnitude above expected first orbit loss. This anomalous loss is not observed with the lost alpha scintillator detectors in DT plasmas but does resemble the anomalous 'delayed' loss seen in DD plasmas. Several potential explanations for this loss process are examined. None of the candidate explanations proposed thus far are fully consistent with the anomalous loss observations.
doi:10.2172/304168 fatcat:3ec6ywvznnarvkiaihr2525ttu