Divertor and midplane materials evaluation system in DIII-D

C. P.C. Wong, D. L. Rudakov, J. P. Allain, R. J. Bastasz, N. H. Brooks, J. N. Brooks, R. P. Doerner, T. E. Evans, A. Hassanein, W. Jacob, K. Krieger, A. Litnovsky, A. G. McLean, V. Philipps, A. Yu Pigarov, W. R. Wampler, J. G. Watkins, W. P. West, J. Whaley, P. Wienhold

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The Divertor Materials Evaluation System (DiMES) at General Atomics has successfully advanced the understanding of plasma surface interaction phenomena involving ITER-relevant materials and has been utilized for advanced diagnostic designs in the lower divertor of DIII-D. This paper describes a series of recent successful experiments. These include the study of carbon deposition in gaps and metallic mirrors as a function of temperature, study of dust migration from the divertor, study of methane injection in order to benchmark chemical sputtering diagnostics, and the measurement of charge exchange neutrals with a hydrogen sensor. In concert with the modification of the lower divertor of DIII-D, the DiMES sample vertical location was modified to match the raised divertor floor. The new Mid-plane Material Exposure Sample (MiMES) design will also be presented. MiMES will allow the study and measurement of erosion and redeposition of material at the outboard mid-plane of DIII-D, including effects from convective transport. We will continue to expose relevant materials and advanced diagnostics to different plasma configurations under various operational regimes, including material erosion and redeposition experiments, and gaps and mirror exposures at elevated temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-281
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Jun 15 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • General Materials Science
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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