Registration of Alfvén resonances in TCABR tokamak by the scanning reflectometer at sideband frequencies

Ruchko, L. F.; Elfimov, A. G.; Teixeira, C. M.; Elizondo, J. I.; Sanada, E.; Galvão, R. M. O.; Manso, M. E.; Silva, A.
February 2011
Review of Scientific Instruments;Feb2011, Vol. 82 Issue 2, p023504
Academic Journal
A frequency scanning O-mode reflectometer was used for studies of plasma density oscillations during local Alfvén wave (LAW) excitation in the Tokamak Chauffage Alfvén Brésilien (TCABR) at the frequency fA = 5 MHz. It was found that the spectrum of the reflectometer output signal, which consists mainly of the 'beat' frequency fB, is modified by the LAW excitation, and two additional frequency peaks appear, which are symmetrical in relation to the LAW excitation frequency f = fA ± fB. This result opens the possibility to improve the efficiency of studying the LAW induced density oscillations. The symmetry of these frequency peaks yields the possibility of finding the microwave frequency at which the reflectometer cutoff layer coincides with radial position of the LAW resonance zone in the TCABR tokamak.


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