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Title: Review of recent experimental and modeling progress in the lower hybrid range of frequencies at ITER relevant parameters

Progress in experiment and simulation capability in the lower hybrid range of frequencies (LHRF) at ITER relevant parameters is reviewed. Use of LH power in reactor devices is motivated in terms of its potential for efficient off-axis current profile control. Recent improvements in simulation capability including the development of full-wave field solvers, inclusion of the scrape off layer (SOL) in wave propagation codes, the use of coupled ray tracing / full-wave / 3D (r v{sub ⊥}, v{sub ∥}) Fokker Planck models, and the inclusion of nonlinear broadening effects in ray tracing / Fokker Planck codes are discussed. Experimental and modeling results are reviewed which are aimed at understanding the spectral gap problem in LH current drive (LHCD) and the density limit that has been observed in LHCD experiments. Physics mechanisms that could be operative in these experiments are discussed, including toroidally induced variations in the parallel wavenumber, nonlinear broadening of the pump wave, scattering of LH waves from density fluctuations in the SOL, and spectral broadening at the plasma edge via full-wave effects.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Plasma Science and Fusion Center, NW16-240, MIT, Cambridge, MA 02139 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22263849
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1580; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: 20. topical conference on radiofrequency power in plasmas, Sorrento (Italy), 25-28 Jun 2013; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; FLUCTUATIONS; FOKKER-PLANCK EQUATION; ITER TOKAMAK; LINE BROADENING; LOWER HYBRID CURRENT DRIVE; LOWER HYBRID HEATING; PLASMA; PLASMA SCRAPE-OFF LAYER; SIMULATION; WAVE PROPAGATION