- Conference date: 3–7 September 2012
- Location: Jyväskylä, Finland
The NIO1 project consisting of a 60 kV ion source (9 beamlets of 15 mA each of H−) is jointly developed by Consorzio RFX and INFN-LNL, with the purpose of providing a test ion source, capable of working in continuous mode and in condition similar to larger ion sources for Neutral Beam Injectors. The modular design allows for quick replacement and upgrading of parts. While the main body of the ion source construction is progressing at industry, some parts were separately developed at participating institution, as described in the following. A water free Carbon Fiber Composite (CFC) calorimeter is considered, together with more traditional water cooled calorimeters. A small rf plasma generator was installed at INFN-LNL and several rf matching boxes and a Cesium heater controller prototype were tested. Plasma generator (at ground) is followed by a puller and a positively biased Faraday cup, so that beam current can be measured. Plasma density estimated with a 4 wire Langmuir probe is consistent with plasma rf simulation, even if electron distribution deviation from Maxwellian seems large; new electronics with extended DC voltage sweep and a second Langmuir probe circuit are being tested. Finally preparation of the NIO1 site has begun at RFX and installation of source is expected to start in the end of 2012.
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