TITLE

Phenomenology of compressional Alfvén eigenmodes

AUTHOR(S)
Fredrickson, E.D.; Gorelenkov, N.N.; Menard, J.
PUB. DATE
July 2004
SOURCE
Physics of Plasmas;Jul2004, Vol. 11 Issue 7, p3653
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Coherent oscillations with frequency 0.3≤ω/ωci≤1, are seen in the National Spherical Torus Experiment [M. Ono, S. M. Kaye, Y.-K. M. Peng et al., Nucl. Fusion 40, 557 (2000)]. This paper presents new data and analysis comparing characteristics of the observed modes to the model of compressional Alfvén eigenmodes (CAE). The toroidal mode number has been measured and is typically between 7<n<9. The polarization of the modes, measured using an array of four Mirnov coils, is found to be compressional. The frequency scaling of the modes agrees with the predictions of a numerical two-dimensional code, but the detailed structure of the spectrum is not captured with the simple model. The fast ion distribution function, as calculated with the beam deposition code in TRANSP [R. V. Budny, Nucl. Fusion 34, 1247 (1994)], is shown to be qualitatively consistent with the constraints of the Doppler-shifted cyclotron resonance drive model. This model also predicts the observed scaling of the low frequency limit for CAE. © 2004 American Institute of Physics.
ACCESSION #
13472462

 

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