Dynamic and frequency behaviour of the MARFE instability on FTU

C. Mazzotta, G. Spizzo, G. Pucella, E. Giovannozzi, O. Tudisco, G. Apruzzese, W. Bin, B. Esposito

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The Frascati Tokamak Upgrade (FTU) device can operate at high electron density regimes of the order of 1020m−3, where the MARFE instability is present at various plasma current and magnetic field values. When the MARFE is well developed and oscillating, its movement causes continuous density fluctuation, contaminating the integral density measurements. The amplitude and frequency of these density fluctuations are well revealed by the high resolution interferometer available on FTU, the dependence of the frequency versus basic plasma parameters is investigated in this paper. A specific experimental session on FTU, including some discharges with reversed toroidal magnetic field, and pushing the plasma column towards the internal or external side of the vacuum chamber, respectively, has shown that, when the plasma column is distant from the toroidal limiter, the MARFE is stable and does not oscillate around the mid plane. For these last cases the MARFE localization with respect to the ion drift direction, which can influence the stable and unstable positions, is also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)808 - 812
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Materials and Energy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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Mazzotta, C., Spizzo, G., Pucella, G., Giovannozzi, E., Tudisco, O., Apruzzese, G., Bin, W., & Esposito, B. (2017). Dynamic and frequency behaviour of the MARFE instability on FTU. Nuclear Materials and Energy, 12, 808 - 812. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nme.2017.02.008