Pure ion current collection in ion sensitive probe measurement with a metal mesh guard electrode for evaluation of ion temperature in magnetized plasma

Tung Yuan Hsieh, Eiichirou Kawamori, Yasushi Nishida

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This paper presents a new design of ion sensitive probe (ISP) that enables collection of pure ion current for accurate measurement of the perpendicular ion temperature in magnetized plasmas. The new type of ISP resolves a longstanding issue widely observed in ISP type measurements, namely, that the current-voltage characteristic is smeared by an unexpected electron current in the standard ISP model. The new ISP is equipped with a fine scale metal mesh on the sensor entrance to prevent electrons from flowing to the sensor, a phenomenon considered to be caused by the space-charge effect. The new ISP successfully measured the ion temperature of electron cyclotron resonance plasmas.

Original languageEnglish
Article number023502
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Feb 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation

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