Performance assessment of the ITER ICRF antenna

F. Durodié, M. Vrancken, R. Bamber, L. Colas, P. Dumortier, D. Hancock, S. Huygen, D. Lockley, F. Louche, R. Maggiora, D. Milanesio, A. Messiaen, M.P.S. Nightingale, M. Shannon, P. Tigwell, M. Van Schoor, D. Wilson, K. Winkler

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ITER's Ion Cyclotron Range of Frequencies (ICRF) system [1] comprises two antenna launchers designed by CYCLE (a consortium of European associations listed in the author affiliations above) on behalf F4E for the ITER Organisation (IO), each inserted as a Port Plug (PP) into one of ITER's Vacuum Vessel (VV) ports. Each launcher is an array of 4 toroidal by 6 poloidal RF current straps specified to couple up to 20 MW in total to the plasma in the frequency range of 40 to 55 MHz but limited to a maximum system voltage of 45 kV and limits on RF electric fields depending on their location and direction with respect to respectively the torus vacuum and the toroidal magnetic field. A crucial aspect of coupling ICRF power to plasmas is the knowledge of the plasma density profiles in the Scrape-Off Layer (SOL) and the location of the RF current straps with respect to the SOL. The launcher layout and details were optimized and its performance estimated for a worst case SOL provided by the IO. The paper summarizes the estimated performance obtained within the operational parameter space specified by IO. Aspects of the RF grounding of the whole antenna PP to the VV port and the effect of the voids between the PP and the Blanket Shielding Modules (BSM) surrounding the antenna front are discussed. © 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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Durodié, F., Vrancken, M., Bamber, R., Colas, L., Dumortier, P., Hancock, D., ... Winkler, K. (2014). Performance assessment of the ITER ICRF antenna. Paper presented at 20th Topical Conference on Radiofrequency Power in Plasmas, Italy.