Doppler-shifted cyclotron resonance of fast ions with circularly polarized shear Alfvén waves

Zhang, Yang; Heidbrink, W. W.; Zhou, Shu; Boehmer, H.; McWilliams, R.; Carter, T. A.; Vincena, S.; Lilley, M. K.
May 2009
Physics of Plasmas;May2009, Vol. 16 Issue 5, p055706
Academic Journal
The Doppler-shifted cyclotron resonance between fast ions and shear Alfvén waves (SAWs) has been experimentally investigated with a test-particle fast-ion (Li+) beam launched in the helium plasma of the Large Plasma Device [Gekelman et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 62, 2875 (1991)]. Left- or right-hand circularly polarized SAWs are launched by an antenna with four current channels. A collimated fast-ion energy analyzer characterizes the resonance by measuring the nonclassical spreading of the averaged beam signal. Left-hand circularly polarized SAWs resonate with the fast ions but right-hand circularly polarized SAWs do not. The measured fast-ion profiles are compared with simulations by a Monte Carlo Lorentz code that uses the measured wave field data.


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