Spatially resolved toroidal plasma rotation with ICRF on JET

J.-M. Noterdaeme, E. Righi, V. Chan, J. DeGrassie, K. Kirov, M. Mantsinen, M.F.F. Nave, D. Testa, K.-D. Zastrow, R. Budny, R. Cesario, A. Gondhalekar, N. Hawkes, T. Hellsten, Ph. Lamalle, F. Meo, F. Nguyen

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Plasmas heated by ICRF only in the JET tokamak show distinct structures in the toroidal rotation profile, with regions where dω/dr > 0 when the minority cyclotron resonance layer is far off-axis. The rotation is dominantly co-current with a clear off-axis maximum. There is only a slight difference between a high-field side (HFS) or a low-field side position of this resonance layer: the off-axis maximum in the rotation profile is modestly higher for the HFS position. This is in contrast to the predictions of theories that rely mainly on the effects arising from ICRF-driven fast ions to account for ICRF-induced plasma rotation. The differences due to the direction of the antenna spectrum (co- or counter-) are small. A more central deposition of the ICRF power in L-mode and operation in H-mode both lead to more centrally peaked profiles, both in the co-direction. Strong MHD modes brake the rotation and lead to overall flat rotation profiles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274 - 289
Number of pages16
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Noterdaeme, J-M., Righi, E., Chan, V., DeGrassie, J., Kirov, K., Mantsinen, M., ... Nguyen, F. (2003). Spatially resolved toroidal plasma rotation with ICRF on JET. Nuclear Fusion, 43(4), 274 - 289.