Particle simulation of bursting Alfvén modes in JT-60U

S. Briguglio, G. Fogaccia, G. Vlad, F. Zonca, K. Shinohara, M. Ishikawa, M. Takechi

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The results of particle-in-cell simulations of a negative neutral beam heated Alfv́n-mode experiment in the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute Tokamak-60 Upgrade (JT-60U) [H. Ninomiya, Fusion Sci. Technol. 42, 7 (2002); A. Kitsunezaki, Fusion Sci. Technol. 42, 179 (2002)] are presented. They seem to match quite well the dynamics of the abrupt large-amplitude event (ALE) experimentally observed in the reference JT-60U discharge. The time scale and frequency spread of the ALE are well reproduced too. The issue of the weaker Alfv́n fluctuation phase following the ALEs, characterized by fast frequency sweeping modes, is also investigated and an interpretation of the full JT-60U bursting-mode phenomenology is presented. Finally, the simulation tool is exploited by ad hoc synthetic diagnostics on the fast ion distribution function to get a deeper insight into the ALE nonlinear dynamics. The underlying fast-growing energetic particle mode saturates as resonant energetic ions are scattered out of the resonance region and displaced outwards. The radially displaced ions resonate with outer Alfv́n modes and enhance their local drive, consistently with the "avalanche" paradigm for mode nonlinear dynamics and energetic ion transports. © 2007 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number055904
Pages (from-to)-
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Briguglio, S., Fogaccia, G., Vlad, G., Zonca, F., Shinohara, K., Ishikawa, M., & Takechi, M. (2007). Particle simulation of bursting Alfvén modes in JT-60U. Physics of Plasmas, 14(5), -. [055904].