The temporal evolution of ion temperature and flow was observed to investigate the heating effect of plasma merging in the UTST device by using a multipoint Doppler spectroscopy measurement system. The bulk plasma ion temperature measured by a carbon impurity line was about 15-20 eV after plasma merging. In addition, anomalous broadening of the carbon line width was observed only in the early phase of plasma merging. Since carbon impurity emission comes mainly from the X-point and the vicinity of the center stack, the broad spectrum is considered to consist of a radially bi-directional outflow component from the X-point and a stationary component near the center stack. The outflow velocity estimated from the spectroscopy was about 24 km/s, which agreed well with both an Alfv́en velocity of 22 km/s and a velocity of the reconnected field line motion of 35 km/s.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics