Interaction between fast particles and magnetohydrodynamic waves in stationary plasmas

TitleInteraction between fast particles and magnetohydrodynamic waves in stationary plasmas
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsJ.WS Blokland, S.D Pinches
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Volume53
Issue10
Pagination105009
Date PublishedOct
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0741-3335
KeywordsALFVEN EIGENMODES, DISCHARGES, EQUILIBRIUM, INTERNAL KINK MODE, MHD STABILITY, NORMAL-MODE ANALYSIS, PLASMAS, ROTATION, SPECTRA, TOKAMAKS, TOROIDAL
Abstract

One of the focal points of the present tokamak experiments is to gain better understanding and control of the interaction between fast particles and magnetohydrodynamical (MHD) waves and instabilities. A new model has been developed that takes toroidal rotation into account in a consistent manner. This model has been implemented in a new code suite, FINESSE-PHOENIX-HAGIS, to study the effect of flow on the interaction numerically. The model and the code suite have been applied to an n = 2 toroidal Alfven eigenmode (TAE) occurring in a tokamak with a circular cross-section and to an n = 1 TAE mode supported by a JET-like equilibrium. These two applications show that the non-zero growth rate of the TAE mode has a complex dependence on plasma rotation which can be either stabilizing or destabilizing. Furthermore, the results show that the pitch angle distribution of the fast particles' velocity direction also plays an important role in determining the growth rate of the TAE mode in the presence of flow. The complex dependence upon rotation is also seen in the resulting radial particle flux density. In general, there is no rule of thumb to predict the influence of the toroidal flow on the interaction between fast particles and TAE modes. A detailed analysis, as presented in this paper, is required to accurately determine the growth rate of the TAEs in the presence of flow. This also holds for other types of shear Alfven waves, such as the beta-induced Alfven eigenmode and the ellipticity induced Alfven eigenmode.

DOI10.1088/0741-3335/53/10/105009
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FP

Department

CPP-HT

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317072c768e08d8a7e73c0a687262204

Alternate TitlePlasma Phys. Control. Fusion

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