Electron fishbones in FTU and Tore Supra tokamaks

Z.O. Guimarães-Filho, S. Benkadda, D. Elbeze, A. Botrugno, P. Buratti, G. Calabrò, J. Decker, N. Dubuit, X. Garbet, P. Maget, A. Merle, G. Pucella, R. Sabot, A.A. Tuccillo, F. Zonca

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This work presents a comparative study of the experimental observation of MHD instabilities identified as electron fishbone-like modes that appear in plasmas with lower hybrid current drive in FTU and Tore Supra tokamaks. Initially, the mode-induced electronic temperature oscillations measured by electron cyclotron emission were used to study the evolutions of the frequency and position of these modes. In FTU, where fishbones with and without bursting behaviour are observed, it was found that the evolutions of the mode position and frequency follow opposite trend in the two regimes. In Tore Supra, where abrupt changes between modes with different mode structures are often observed, it was found that the mode position evolves continuously and the wavenumbers follow an inverse cascade starting from an m/n=4/4 mode and finishing in an 1/1 mode. In a second step, the energy of resonant electrons was estimated from the resonant condition of the precession drift frequency. It was found that in Tore Supra the resonant condition does not change during the frequency jumps. The relevance of the correction due to the pitch angle of the resonant electrons and the possible role of the energetic passing particles in the drive of these modes are discussed from the results obtained in both machines. © 2012 IAEA, Vienna.
Original languageEnglish
Article number094009
Pages (from-to)-
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Guimarães-Filho, Z. O., Benkadda, S., Elbeze, D., Botrugno, A., Buratti, P., Calabrò, G., Decker, J., Dubuit, N., Garbet, X., Maget, P., Merle, A., Pucella, G., Sabot, R., Tuccillo, A. A., & Zonca, F. (2012). Electron fishbones in FTU and Tore Supra tokamaks. Nuclear Fusion, 52(9), -. [094009]. https://doi.org/10.1088/0029-5515/52/9/094009