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Title: Full wave simulations of fast wave heating losses in the scrape-off layer of NSTX and NSTX-U

Full wave simulations of fusion plasmas show a direct correlation between the location of the fast-wave cut-off, radiofrequency (RF) field amplitude in the scrape-off layer (SOL) and the RF power losses in the SOL observed in the National Spherical Torus eXperiment (NSTX). In particular, the RF power losses in the SOL increase significantly when the launched waves transition from evanescent to propagating in that region. Subsequently, a large amplitude electric field occurs in the SOL, driving RF power losses when a proxy collisional loss term is added. A 3D reconstruction of absorbed power in the SOL is presented showing agreement with the RF experiments in NSTX. Loss predictions for the future experiment NSTX-Upgrade (NSTX-U) are also obtained and discussed.
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  1. Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)
  2. XCEL
  3. XCEL Engineering Inc., Oak Ridge
  4. ORNL
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Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Nuclear Fusion; Journal Volume: 54; Journal Issue: 8
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Sponsoring Org:
SC USDOE - Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States