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The Alcator C-Mod advanced divertor program requires fast in situ, absolutely calibrated neutral pressure measurements. The concept of a linear-geometry ionization gauge, first implemented at Princeton and Garching, was further developed at the MIT Plasma Fusion Center, to meet Alcator C-Mod requirements (high field, compact design). In order to correctly interpret experimental data, the gauge was subjected to a series of in situ calibration tests. It has been found that the gauge sensitivity increases with increasing parallel (to gauge axis) magnetic field. In the high-pressure, high-field limit the basic assumption of the operation of ionization gauges, Ii/Ie(very-much-less-than)1, no longer holds. Consequently a modified expression for the gauge sensitivity, which is a strong function of the primary electron current, is necessary to linearize gauge response over a broad pressure range. Representative pressure measurements from the Alcator C-Mod divertor are included. © 1995 American Institute of Physics.
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