Measurements of ion cyclotron range of frequencies mode converted wave intensity with phase contrast imaging in Alcator C-Mod and comparison with full-wave simulations
Author(s)Jaeger, E. F.; Green, D. L.; Harvey, R. W.; Tsujii, Naoto; Porkolab, Miklos; Bonoli, Paul T.; Lin, Yijun; Wright, John C.; Wukitch, Stephen James; ... Show more Show less
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Radio frequency waves in the ion cyclotron range of frequencies (ICRF) are widely used to heat tokamak plasmas. In ICRF heating schemes involving multiple ion species, the launched fast waves convert to ion cyclotron waves or ion Bernstein waves at the two-ion hybrid resonances. Mode converted waves are of interest as actuators to optimise plasma performance through current drive and flow drive. In order to describe these processes accurately in a realistic tokamak geometry, numerical simulations are essential, and it is important that these codes be validated against experiment. In this study, the mode converted waves were measured using a phase contrast imaging technique in D-H and D-[superscript 3]He plasmas. The measured mode converted wave intensity in the D-[superscript 3]He mode conversion regime was found to be a factor of ∼ 50 weaker than the full-wave predictions. The discrepancy was reduced in the hydrogen minority heating regime, where mode conversion is weaker.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Plasma Science and Fusion Center
Physics of Plasmas
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Tsujii, N., M. Porkolab, P. T. Bonoli, Y. Lin, J. C. Wright, S. J. Wukitch, E. F. Jaeger, D. L. Green, and R. W. Harvey. “Measurements of ion cyclotron range of frequencies mode converted wave intensity with phase contrast imaging in Alcator C-Mod and comparison with full-wave simulations.” Physics of Plasmas 19, no. 8 (2012): 082508.
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