MHD spectroscopy in FTU has revealed high frequency (HF) oscillations between 30 and 70 kHz that accompany the development of large m0= -2, n0= -1 islands in ohmic plasmas. This frequency range is one order of magnitude above the island rotation frequency, one order of magnitude below the first toroidal gap in the Alfvén continuum and of the same order of the low frequency gap introduced by finite beta effects. The HF spectrum is organized in pairs of modes with opposite toroidal numbers, n = 1 and n = -1 for the stronger ones, which form standing waves in the island rest frame. The poloidal structure of HF modes is |m| = 2 for the main lines. HF lines appear when the level of poloidal field perturbation produced by the island at the plasma edge exceeds 0.2%. The absence of energetic ions in FTU ohmic plasmas, the strict correlation between HF and tearing modes and the existence of a threshold indicate that HF modes tap their energy from the tearing mode by a non-linear coupling mechanism.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Condensed Matter Physics
Buratti, P., Smeulders, P., Zonca, F., Annibaldi, S. V., De Benedetti, M., Kroegler, H., ... Tudisco, O. (2005). Observation of high-frequency waves during strong tearing mode activity in FTU plasmas without fast ions. Nuclear Fusion, 45(11), 1446 - 1450. https://doi.org/10.1088/0029-5515/45/11/027