Ion cyclotron range of frequency mode conversion flow drive in D(

Y. Lin, P. Mantica, T. Hellsten, V. Kiptily, E. Lerche, M.F.F. Nave, J.E. Rice, D. Van Eester, P.C. De Vries, R. Felton, C. Giroud, T. Tala

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Ion cyclotron range of frequency (ICRF) mode conversion has been shown to drive toroidal flow in JET D(3He) L-mode plasmas: Bt0=3.45T, ne03×1019m3, Ip=2.8 and 1.8MA, PRF3MW at 33MHz and 90° phasing. Central toroidal rotation in the counter-Ipdirection, with ω0up to 10krads1(V030kms1, central thermal Mach number Mth(0)0.07 and Alfvén Mach number MA(0)0.003) has been observed. The flow drive effect is sensitive to the3He concentration and the largest rotation is observed in the range X[3He]=nHe3/ne1017%. The rotation profile is peaked near the magnetic axis, and the central rotation scales with the input RF power. The effective torque density profile from the RF power has been calculated and the total torque is estimated to be as high as 50% of the same power from neutral beam injection, and a factor of 5 larger than the direct momentum injection from the RF waves. RF physics modeling using the TORIC code shows that the interaction between the mode converted ion cyclotron wave and the3He ions, and associated asymmetry in space and momentum, may be key for flow drive. © 2012 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Article number074001
Pages (from-to)-
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Lin, Y., Mantica, P., Hellsten, T., Kiptily, V., Lerche, E., Nave, M. F. F., ... Tala, T. (2012). Ion cyclotron range of frequency mode conversion flow drive in D(. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 54(7), -. [074001].