Lower hybrid current drive favoured by electron cyclotron radiofrequency heating

R. Cesario, L. Amicucci, A. Cardinali, C. Castaldo, M. Marinucci, G. Giruzzi, F. Napoli, A. Galli, G. Schettini, A.A. Tuccillo

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The important goal of adding to the bootstrap a fraction of non-inductive plasma current, which would be controlled for obtaining and optimizing steady-state profiles, can be reached by using the Current Drive produced by Lower Hybrid waves (LHCD). FTU (Frascati Tokamak Upgrade) experiments demonstrated, indeed, that LHCD is effective at reactor-graded high plasma density, and the LH spectral broadening is reduced, operating with higher electron temperature in the outer region of plasma column (Te-periphery). This method was obtained following the guidelines of theoretical predictions indicating that the broadening of launched spectrum produced by parametric instability (PI) should be reduced, and the LHCD effect at high density consequently enabled, under higher (Te-periphery). In FTU, the temperature increase in the outer plasma region was obtained by operating with reduced particle recycling, lithized walls and deep gas fuelling by means of fast pellet. Heating plasma periphery with electron cyclotron resonant waves (ECRH) will provide a further tool for achieving steady-state operations. New FTU experimental results are presented here, demonstrating that temperature effect at the plasma periphery, affecting LH penetration, occurs in a range of plasma parameters broader than in previous work. New information is also shown on the modelling assessing frequencies and growth rates of the PI coupled modes responsible of spectral broadening. Finally, we present the design of an experiment scheduled on FTU next campaign, where ECRH power is used to slightly increase the electron temperature in the outer plasma region of a high-density discharge aiming at restoring LHCD. Consequent to model results, by operating with a toroidal magnetic field of 6.3 T, useful for locating the electron cyclotron resonant layer at the periphery of the plasma column (r/a∼0.8, f0=144 GHz), an increase of Tein the outer plasma (from 40 eV to 80 eV at r/a∼0.8) is expected by the JETTO code, sufficient for recovering LHCD. An ECRH power of 0.8 MW, and the standard FTU regime at high plasma density (neav∼1.3×1020m-3 and plasma current of 0.5 MA) have been considered. The code has been set with transport modelling to reproduce the evolution of FTU kinetic profiles. © 2014 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event20th Topical Conference on Radiofrequency Power in Plasmas - , Italy
Duration: 1 Jan 2014 → …


Conference20th Topical Conference on Radiofrequency Power in Plasmas
Period1/1/14 → …


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Cesario, R., Amicucci, L., Cardinali, A., Castaldo, C., Marinucci, M., Giruzzi, G., ... Tuccillo, A. A. (2014). Lower hybrid current drive favoured by electron cyclotron radiofrequency heating. Paper presented at 20th Topical Conference on Radiofrequency Power in Plasmas, Italy. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4864520