2014 Volume 9 Pages 1202053
The plasma in Tohoku University Heliac (TU-Heliac) is biased by a hot cathode that drives the J × B poloidal rotation. In the biased plasma, a density collapse accompanied by high-frequency bursting density and potential fluctuations was observed. To eliminate the effect of potential fluctuations and to measure the magnetic fluctuation, a high common mode rejection ratio (CMRR) magnetic probe with a preamplifier at the probe head in a vacuum vessel was designed and installed. Owing to the absolute calibration, the magnetic probe has a high magnetic sensitivity of 104 V/T (@100 kHz), high CMRR of −75 dB (@500 kHz), and frequency bandwidth DC −1 MHz. In the biased plasma, the power spectrum of the normal mode signal was 104 times larger than that of the common mode signal in all frequency ranges, which indicates that the probe can successfully minimize the capacitive pickup noise relative to the actual magnetic fluctuation signal. In addition, we successfully observed the broad spectrum (100 kHz < f < 300 kHz) of the magnetic fluctuation and MHD instability in the biased plasma in TU-Heliac.