Measurements of the radial structure and poloidal spectra of toroidal Alfvén eigenmodes in the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor

R. D. Durst, R. J. Fonck, K. L. Wong, Chio-Zong Cheng, E. D. Fredrickson, S. F. Paul

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Abstract

Toroidal Alfvén eigenmodes (TAE) have been excited by tangential neutral beam injection in the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) [Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Plasma Physics and Controlled Nuclear Fusion Research, 1990, Washington, D.C. (International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, 1990), Vol. I, p. 9]. Beam emission spectroscopy (BES) has been used to study the radial structure and the poloidal power spectra of these modes. Radial profiles show a global, standing wave structure with a node near r/ α=0.6 and a maximum displacement of about 5-10 mm. The cross-phase profiles and the power spectra both imply that the mode is composed of a mixture of components with various poloidal and toroidal mode numbers, as expected for the TAE. Measurements of the poloidal mode spectrum via BES show good agreement with theoretical simulations performed by a nonvariational, kinetic magnetohydrodynamics stability code (NOVA-K [Cheng, Phys. Rep. 211, 1 (1992)]). In particular, the dominant harmonics in the poloidal spectrum obey the expected relation m+1/2≈q(r)n.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3707-3712
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics of Fluids B
Volume4
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1992 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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