Date of Award

Spring 2001

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Physics & Astronomy Department

First Advisor

Michael R. Brown


Using the Ion Doppler Spectrometer (IDS) to measure ion temperatures in the Sustained Spheromak Physics Experiment (SSPX) is described. Background material is presented about plasma physics and about spheromaks, along with a review of optics and spectroscopy. The Doppler broadening of emission lines is derived. The SSPX experiment is described in detail, as is the design and layout of the IDS. Initial ion temperature measurements of around 180 eV are obtained.