Assessment of ion cyclotron antenna performance in ASDEX Upgrade using TOPICA

S. Ceccuzzi, F. Braun, V. Bobkov, R. Cesario, A. Krivska, R. Maggiora, D. Milanesio, F. Mirizzi, J.-M. Noterdaeme, G. Ravera, A.A. Tuccillo, I. Zammuto

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Nuclear fusion in magnetic confinement devices is one of the most challenging application fields for electromagnetics and mechanics. In particular antennas, charged with the task of handling and delivering high power to the plasma, have to operate in a harsh environment with very demanding thermal and mechanical requirements. Within this scenario, the use of tools able to efficiently predict the antenna behaviour is mandatory. In the present work, the TOrino Polytechnic Ion Cyclotron Antenna (TOPICA) code has been used to simulate the real 3D geometry of two launchers, generally operating at 30 MHz and presently installed on the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak. The working frequency belongs to the Ion-Cyclotron range of frequencies that was proven to achieve very efficient plasma heating. Antenna performances are presented in terms of coupled power and RF potentials for different realistic plasma scenarios taken from ASDEX Upgrade. © 2012 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59 - 64
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Electromagnetics and Mechanics
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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Ceccuzzi, S., Braun, F., Bobkov, V., Cesario, R., Krivska, A., Maggiora, R., ... Zammuto, I. (2012). Assessment of ion cyclotron antenna performance in ASDEX Upgrade using TOPICA. International Journal of Applied Electromagnetics and Mechanics, 39(1-4), 59 - 64.