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Title: Using neutral beams as a light ion beam probe (invited)

By arranging the particle first banana orbits to pass near a distant detector, the light ion beam probe (LIBP) utilizes orbital deflection to probe internal fields and field fluctuations. The LIBP technique takes advantage of (1) the in situ, known source of fast ions created by beam-injected neutral particles that naturally ionize near the plasma edge and (2) various commonly available diagnostics as its detector. These born trapped particles can traverse the plasma core on their inner banana leg before returning to the plasma edge. Orbital displacements (the forces on fast ions) caused by internal instabilities or edge perturbing fields appear as modulated signal at an edge detector. Adjustments in the q-profile and plasma shape that determine the first orbit, as well as the relative position of the source and detector, enable studies under a wide variety of plasma conditions. This diagnostic technique can be used to probe the impact on fast ions of various instabilities, e.g., Alfvén eigenmodes (AEs) and neoclassical tearing modes, and of externally imposed 3D fields, e.g., magnetic perturbations. To date, displacements by AEs and by externally applied resonant magnetic perturbation fields have been measured using a fast ion loss detector. Comparisons with simulations are shown.more » In addition, nonlinear interactions between fast ions and independent AE waves are revealed by this technique.« less
Authors:
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  1. Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States)
  2. University of California Irvine, Irvine, California 92697 (United States)
  3. General Atomics, P.O. Box 85608, San Diego, California 92186-5608 (United States)
  4. Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, P.O. Box 451, Princeton, New Jersey 08543 (United States)
  5. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712 (United States)
  6. Columbia University, New York, New York 10027 (United States)
  7. University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22308653
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Review of Scientific Instruments; Journal Volume: 85; Journal Issue: 11; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; 46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; ALFVEN WAVES; BANANA REGIME; BEAM INJECTION; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; DISTURBANCES; EDGE LOCALIZED MODES; EIGENFUNCTIONS; FLUCTUATIONS; FREQUENCY MODULATION; ION BEAMS; LIGHT IONS; NEUTRAL PARTICLES; SIMULATION; TEARING INSTABILITY