Microwave reflectometry for turbulence studies on ASDEX upgrade (abstract)

Ribeiro, T. T.; Serra, F.; Manso, M. E.; Vergamota, S.; Cupido, L.; Silva, A.; Conway, G. D.; Ryter, F.; Suttrop, W.
January 2001
Review of Scientific Instruments;Jan2001, Vol. 72 Issue 1, p319
Academic Journal
The reflectometry system installed in the tokamak ASDEX Upgrade has 11 channels primarily aimed at profile measurements and two dedicated channels operating at fixed frequency to study density fluctuations. The channels used for profile measurements can also be operated at fixed frequency. In this article we describe the potential of the system to study important characteristics of the plasma turbulence, from combined fixed frequency and profile measurements (to localize the reflecting layers). The numerical tools used to treat fixed frequency data are briefly described. Using a set of similar discharges and the ability of the microwave reflectometry system to probe simultaneously different layers with several channels, we obtain the time evolution of the integrated power spectra of the different signals versus the minor radius of the plasma. In plasma with H-mode edge and internal transport barrier we could identify a zone at the plasma core and another at the edge with reduced fluctuation levels, coinciding with the increase of central electron temperature and the L–H transition, respectively. Before each barrier is established, the turbulence is observed to decrease at the lower frequency range and is enhanced at the higher frequencies. In modulation electron cyclotron resonance heating experiments similar modifications in turbulence spectra are observed and may be correlated with the modulation period. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.


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