Development of visible light tomographic imaging system for field-reversed configuration collisional merging experiment

T. Seki, T. Yamanaka, T. Asai, D. Kobayashi, T. Takahashi, J. Morelli, S. Okada, H. Gota

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A visible light tomographic imaging system has been developed for the collisional merging experiment of field-reversed configurations (FRCs) on the FRC Amplification via Translation-Collisional Merging device at Nihon University. Two FRCs formed by field-reversed theta-pinch translate at super-Alfvénic velocity and collide with each other. The translation and collision processes are completed in 20-30 μs, and a single FRC is reformed in ∼70 μs. To study these translation and collisional merging processes, the tomographic system, including fast response tomographic cameras and a reconstruction method assuming a Rigid-Rotor (RR) model, is developed. The developed tomographic cameras simply consist of 16 channels of multi-anode photomultipliers, a band-pass filter, a slit, and a cylindrical lens, which expands the viewing angle. Because the viewing angle is limited by the size of the viewports of the metal chamber, the iterative method assuming the RR model has been applied to reconstruct tomographic images from a small number of projections. The developed tomographic imaging system can estimate the behavior of FRCs. Four cameras are installed in the two cross sections near the collision point. The radial shift of each translated FRC can be calculated by this system. Details of the developed tomographic camera system and RR reconstruction method are reported.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103520
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2022


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