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Designing the IShTAR antenna: physics and engineering aspects

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IShTAR (Ion cyclotron Sheath Test ARrangement) is a magnetised plasma test facility installed at the Max-Planck-Institut fur Plasmaphysik in Garching, Germany. The main purpose of this device is the study of RF sheaths generated in front of ICRF (Ion Cyclotron Range of Frequency) antennas in magnetically confined plasmas. The plasma is generated by a helical RF antenna potentially able to reach a helicon mode. We present in this work recent modelling activities dedicated to IShTAR. On the one hand a parameterized magnetostatic model of the magnetic configuration was created with the finite element solver COMSOL Multiphysics [3]. The model considers two non-axial sets of coils and notably reproduces the magnetic field lines deviation at the center of the main vessel and the ripples observed during experiments. From this model we can infer that 2.4 kA are required in the 2 main large coils of IShTAR for 1 kA in the 4 small coils to generate a "smooth" magnetic field along field lines. On the other hand an ICRF antenna has been designed for IShTAR. A tridimensional model of the IShTAR vessel was developed with the electromagnetic code MicroWave Studio (MWS [4]) for this purpose and a first antenna model made of a single strap inside a box was included. The strap is fed through the upper port located at the helicon source side. The antenna is fully immersed into the loading medium (plasma or homogeneous dielectric) and the curved strap front face is aligned with the magnetic surfaces to simplify the modelling. The initial design of this antenna has been studied with MWS in the presence of homogeneous dielectric. The presence of a back wall will be discussed.

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Louche, F, J Jacquot, Kristel Crombé, D Van Eester, R D’Inca, S Devaux, E Faudot, et al. 2015. “Designing the IShTAR Antenna: Physics and Engineering Aspects.” In AIP Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1689. MELVILLE: AMER INST PHYSICS.
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Louche, F., Jacquot, J., Crombé, K., Van Eester, D., D’Inca, R., Devaux, S., Faudot, E., et al. (2015). Designing the IShTAR antenna: physics and engineering aspects. AIP Conference Proceedings (Vol. 1689). Presented at the 21st Topical Conference on Radiofrequency Power in Plasmas, MELVILLE: AMER INST PHYSICS.
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Louche F, Jacquot J, Crombé K, Van Eester D, D’Inca R, Devaux S, et al. Designing the IShTAR antenna: physics and engineering aspects. AIP Conference Proceedings. MELVILLE: AMER INST PHYSICS; 2015.
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Louche, F et al. “Designing the IShTAR Antenna: Physics and Engineering Aspects.” AIP Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1689. MELVILLE: AMER INST PHYSICS, 2015. Print.
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  abstract     = {IShTAR (Ion cyclotron Sheath Test ARrangement) is a magnetised plasma test facility installed at the Max-Planck-Institut fur Plasmaphysik in Garching, Germany. The main purpose of this device is the study of RF sheaths generated in front of ICRF (Ion Cyclotron Range of Frequency) antennas in magnetically confined plasmas. The plasma is generated by a helical RF antenna potentially able to reach a helicon mode. We present in this work recent modelling activities dedicated to IShTAR. On the one hand a parameterized magnetostatic model of the magnetic configuration was created with the finite element solver COMSOL Multiphysics [3]. The model considers two non-axial sets of coils and notably reproduces the magnetic field lines deviation at the center of the main vessel and the ripples observed during experiments. From this model we can infer that 2.4 kA are required in the 2 main large coils of IShTAR for 1 kA in the 4 small coils to generate a "smooth" magnetic field along field lines. On the other hand an ICRF antenna has been designed for IShTAR. A tridimensional model of the IShTAR vessel was developed with the electromagnetic code MicroWave Studio (MWS [4]) for this purpose and a first antenna model made of a single strap inside a box was included. The strap is fed through the upper port located at the helicon source side. The antenna is fully immersed into the loading medium (plasma or homogeneous dielectric) and the curved strap front face is aligned with the magnetic surfaces to simplify the modelling. The initial design of this antenna has been studied with MWS in the presence of homogeneous dielectric. The presence of a back wall will be discussed.},
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  author       = {Louche, F and Jacquot, J and Crombé, Kristel and Van Eester, D and D'Inca, R and Devaux, S and Faudot, E and Faugel, H and Funfgelder, H and Heuraux, S and Morgal, I and Moritz, J and Ochoukov, R and Noterdaeme, Jean-Marie},
  booktitle    = {AIP Conference Proceedings},
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  title        = {Designing the IShTAR antenna: physics and engineering aspects},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4936523},
  volume       = {1689},
  year         = {2015},
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