Fast-ion losses due to high-frequency MHD perturbations in the ASDEX upgrade Tokamak

M. García-Muñoz, H.-U. Fahrbach, S. Günter, V. Igochine, M.J. Mantsinen, M. Maraschek, P. Martin, P. Piovesan, K. Sassenberg, H. Zohm

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Time-resolved energy and pitch angle measurements of fast-ion losses correlated in frequency and phase with high-frequency magnetohydrodynamic perturbations have been obtained for the first time in a magnetic fusion device and are presented here. A detailed analysis of fast-ion losses due to toroidal Alfvén eigenmodes has revealed the existence of a new core-localized magnetohydrodynamic perturbation, the sierpes mode. The sierpes mode is a non-Alfvénic instability which dominates the losses of fast ions in ion cyclotron resonance heated discharges, and it is named for its footprint in the spectrograms ("sierpes" means "snake" in Spanish). The sierpes mode has been reconstructed by means of highly resolved multichord soft-x-ray measurements. © 2008 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number055005
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JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes


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García-Muñoz, M., Fahrbach, H-U., Günter, S., Igochine, V., Mantsinen, M. J., Maraschek, M., ... Zohm, H. (2008). Fast-ion losses due to high-frequency MHD perturbations in the ASDEX upgrade Tokamak. Physical Review Letters, 100(5), -. [055005].