After upgrades, SPIDER is ready to start operation

04/03/2024 Fisica - Ingegneria

After a two-year shutdown for upgrades, the SPIDER testbed is preparing for commissioning and operation.

SPIDER  is a full-size negative ion source that is designed to demonstrate all the critical aspects of the ion sources for ITER’s heating and diagnostic neutral beam injectors.

In operation since 2018, SPIDER successfully completed its first campaign in 2021. Based on the results of this campaign, upgrades representing an investment in the range of EUR 1.5M were designed and carried out. “With approximately 60 procurements for new or revised components for beam source enhancement, the shutdown has set the stage for SPIDER to achieve the performance targets required by ITER in terms of ion beam density, and beam uniformity and divergence.

Read the full story here “After upgrades, SPIDER testbed set to restart” – ITER Newsline