Lower hybrid current drive for the steady-state scenario

M. Goniche, L. Amicucci, Y. Baranov, V. Basiuk, G. Calabro, A. Cardinali, C. Castaldo, R. Cesario, J. Decker, D. Dodt, A. Ekedahl, L. Figini, J. Garcia, G. Giruzzi, J. Hillairet, G.T. Hoang, A. Hubbard, E. Joffrin, K. Kirov, X. LitaudonJ. Mailloux, T. Oosako, R. Parker, V. Pericoli Ridolfini, Y. Peysson, P. Platania, F. Rimini, P.K. Sharma, C. Sozzi, G. Wallace

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Lower hybrid current drive (LHCD) experiments performed at a density close to that required for the steady-state (SS) scenario are reported. On C-Mod, FTU and Tore Supra, a strong decay of the bremsstrahlung emission is observed when the density is increased, much faster that the prediction ofLHCDmodelling. On JET, LHpower deposition is also found to be sensitive to the plasma density:LH power modulation indicates that the power deposition moves to the very edge of the plasma (r/a ̃ 0.9) when the density approaches the requirement of the JET SS scenario. From this experiment but also from the reconstruction of the electron cyclotron emission spectrum, the decrease in theLHCDefficiency with density is also found. FromLHCDmodelling of different JET pulses performed at different densities andwave parallel refraction indexes, it is concluded that the wave accessibility condition is not the key parameter for explaining the decrease in the efficiency. C-Mod, FTU and Tore Supra experiments indicate that the plasma edge parameters, namely density and temperature but also fluctuations, are affecting the efficiency via loss mechanisms which are likely to be collisional damping (C-Mod), parametric decay instabilities or wave scattering (FTU/Tore Supra). © 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Article number124031
Pages (from-to)-
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Goniche, M., Amicucci, L., Baranov, Y., Basiuk, V., Calabro, G., Cardinali, A., ... Wallace, G. (2010). Lower hybrid current drive for the steady-state scenario. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 52(12), -. [124031]. https://doi.org/10.1088/0741-3335/52/12/124031