Performance Enhancement of the Polarimetric Fibre Optical Current Sensor at JET Using Polarisation Optimisation

Andrei Goussarov, Perry Beaumont, Paula Siren

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To achieve optimal operation of the polarimetry-based FOCS, the light polarisation state at the input of the sensing fibre part must be close to a linear one. In the case of a FOCS deployed on a tokamak, the Joint European Torus (JET) in the present work, the long fibre optics link between the laser source and the sensing fibre modifies the polarisation in an unpredictable way, making it unclear which source polarisation state is to be set. A method for performing the necessary polarisation adjustment in a systematic way is proposed based on the FOCS analysis. The method requires performing data acquisition at two different input polarisations. Based on these measurements, the optimal laser source polarisation can be found. The method was experimentally verified using laboratory set-up and then successfully demonstrated with the FOCS installed at JET.

Original languageEnglish
Article number555
Number of pages11
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Information Systems
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biochemistry
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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