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On the role of spectral resolution in velocity shear layer measurements by Doppler reflectometry.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Review of Scientific Instruments
1089-7623
Publisher
American Institute of Physics
Publication Date
Volume
81
Issue
10
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1063/1.3464475
PMID: 21033933
Source
Medline

Abstract

The signal quality of a Doppler reflectometer depends strongly on its spectral resolution, which is influenced by the microwave beam properties and the radius of curvature of the cutoff layer in the plasma. If measured close to a strong perpendicular velocity shear layer, the spectrum of the backscattered signal is influenced by different velocities. This can give rise to two Doppler shifted peaks in the spectrum as observed in TJ-II H-mode plasmas. It is shown by two-dimensional full wave simulations that the two peaks are separable provided the spectral resolution of the system is sufficient. However, if the spectral resolution is poor, the two peaks blend into one and yield an intermediate and incorrect velocity.

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