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Title: Measurement of LHCD edge power deposition through modulation techniques on Alcator C-Mod

The efficiency of LHCD on Alcator C-Mod drops exponentially with line average density. At reactor relevant densities (> 1 · 1020 [m{sup −3}]) no measurable current is driven. While a number of causes have been suggested, no specific mechanism has been shown to be responsible for the loss of current drive at high density. Fast modulation of the LH power was used to isolate and quantify the LHCD deposition within the plasma. Measurements from these plasmas provide unique evidence for determining a root cause. Modulation of LH power in steady plasmas exhibited no correlated change in the core temperature. A correlated, prompt response in the edge suggests that the loss in efficiency is related to a edge absorption mechanism. This follows previous results which found the generation of n{sub ||}-independent SOL currents. Multiple Langmuir probe array measurements of the conducted heat conclude that the lost power is deposited near the last closed flux surface. The heat flux induced by LH waves onto the outer divertor is calculated. Changes in the neutral pressure, ionization and hard X-ray emission at high density highlight the importance of the active divertor in the loss of efficiency. Results of this study implicate a mechanism whichmore » may occur over multiple passes, leading to power absorption near the LCFS.« less
Authors:
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  1. MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Cambridge, MA USA (United States)
  2. Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, NJ USA (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22496217
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1689; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: 21. topical conference on radio frequency power in plasmas, Lake Arrowhead, CA (United States), 27-29 Apr 2015; Other Information: (c) 2015 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; ABSORPTION; ALCATOR DEVICE; CURRENTS; DENSITY; DEPOSITION; EFFICIENCY; HARD X RADIATION; HEAT FLUX; LANGMUIR PROBE; LOSSES; LOWER HYBRID CURRENT DRIVE; MAGNETIC SURFACES; MODULATION; PLASMA