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Title: Energetic-particle-modified global Alfven eigenmodes

Abstract

Fully self-consistent hybrid MHD/particle simulations reveal strong energetic particle modifications to sub-cyclotron global Alfvén eigenmodes (GAEs) in low-aspect ratio, NSTX-like conditions. Key parameters defining the fast ion distribution function—the normalized injection velocity v 0/v A and central pitch—are varied in order to study their influence on the characteristics of the excited modes. It is found that the frequency of the most unstable mode changes significantly and continuously with beam parameters, in accordance with the Doppler-shifted cyclotron resonances which drive the modes, and depending most substantially on v 0/v A. This unexpected result is present for both counter-propagating GAEs, which are routinely excited in NSTX, and high frequency co-GAEs, which have not been previously studied. Large changes in frequency without clear corresponding changes in the mode structure are signatures of an energetic particle mode, referred to here as an energetic-particle-modified GAE. In conclusion, additional simulations conducted for a fixed MHD equilibrium demonstrate that the GAE frequency shift cannot be explained by the equilibrium changes due to energetic particle effects.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [2];  [2]
  1. Princeton Univ., Princeton, NJ (United States); Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
  2. Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
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Research Org.:
Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1436767
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1435388
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-09CH11466
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physics of Plasmas
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 25; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY

Citation Formats

Lestz, J. B., Belova, E. V., and Gorelenkov, N. N. Energetic-particle-modified global Alfven eigenmodes. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1063/1.4998602.
Lestz, J. B., Belova, E. V., & Gorelenkov, N. N. Energetic-particle-modified global Alfven eigenmodes. United States. doi:10.1063/1.4998602.
Lestz, J. B., Belova, E. V., and Gorelenkov, N. N. Mon . "Energetic-particle-modified global Alfven eigenmodes". United States. doi:10.1063/1.4998602. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1436767.
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title = {Energetic-particle-modified global Alfven eigenmodes},
author = {Lestz, J. B. and Belova, E. V. and Gorelenkov, N. N.},
abstractNote = {Fully self-consistent hybrid MHD/particle simulations reveal strong energetic particle modifications to sub-cyclotron global Alfvén eigenmodes (GAEs) in low-aspect ratio, NSTX-like conditions. Key parameters defining the fast ion distribution function—the normalized injection velocity v0/vA and central pitch—are varied in order to study their influence on the characteristics of the excited modes. It is found that the frequency of the most unstable mode changes significantly and continuously with beam parameters, in accordance with the Doppler-shifted cyclotron resonances which drive the modes, and depending most substantially on v0/vA. This unexpected result is present for both counter-propagating GAEs, which are routinely excited in NSTX, and high frequency co-GAEs, which have not been previously studied. Large changes in frequency without clear corresponding changes in the mode structure are signatures of an energetic particle mode, referred to here as an energetic-particle-modified GAE. In conclusion, additional simulations conducted for a fixed MHD equilibrium demonstrate that the GAE frequency shift cannot be explained by the equilibrium changes due to energetic particle effects.},
doi = {10.1063/1.4998602},
journal = {Physics of Plasmas},
number = 4,
volume = 25,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {4}
}

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