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Title: Study of the likelihood of Alfvénic mode bifurcation in NSTX and predictions for ITER baseline scenarios

Rare Alfvénic wave transitions between fixed-frequency and chirping phases are identified in NSTX, where Alfvénic waves are normally observed to exhibit either chirping or avalanching responses. For those transitions, we apply in this paper a criterion (Duarte et al 2017 Nucl. Fusion 57 054001) to predict the nature of fast ion redistribution in tokamaks to be in the convective or diffusive nonlinear regimes. For NSTX discharges in which the transition is not accompanied by changes in the beam deposited power or modifications in the injected radiofrequency power, it has been found that the anomalous fast ion transport is a likely mediator of the bifurcation between the fixed-frequency mode behavior and rapid chirping. For a quantitative assessment, global gyrokinetic simulations of the effects of electrostatic ion temperature gradient turbulence and trapped electron mode turbulence on chirping were pursued using the GTS code. The investigation is extended by means of predictive studies of the probable spectral behavior of Alfvénic eigenmodes for baseline ITER cases consisting of elmy, advanced and hybrid scenarios. Finally, it has been observed that most modes are found to be borderline between the steady and the chirping phases.
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  1. Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States); Univ. of São Paulo (Brazil). Inst. of Physics
  2. Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
  3. Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States). Inst. for Fusion Studies
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-09CH11466; 2012/22830-2; 2014/03289-4
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nuclear Fusion
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 58; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 0029-5515
IOP Science
Research Org:
Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States); Univ. of São Paulo (Brazil)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE; São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) (Brazil)
Country of Publication:
United States
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