TITLE

Dependence of fast-ion transport on the nature of the turbulence in the Large Plasma Device

AUTHOR(S)
Zhou, Shu; Heidbrink, W. W.; Boehmer, H.; McWilliams, R.; Carter, T. A.; Vincena, S.; Tripathi, S. K. P.
PUB. DATE
August 2011
SOURCE
Physics of Plasmas;Aug2011, Vol. 18 Issue 8, p082104
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Strong turbulent waves (δn/n ∼0.5, f ∼5-40 kHz) are observed in the upgraded Large Plasma Device [W. Gekelman, H. Pfister, Z. Lucky, J. Bamber, D. Leneman, and J. Maggs, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 62, 2875 (1991)] on density gradients produced by an annular obstacle. Energetic lithium ions (Efast/Ti≥300, ρfast/ρs~10) orbit through the turbulent region. Scans with a collimated analyzer and with probes give detailed profiles of the fast ion spatial distribution and of the fluctuating wave fields. The characteristics of the fluctuations are modified by changing the plasma species from helium to neon and by modifying the bias on the obstacle. Different spatial structure sizes (Ls) and correlation lengths (Lcorr) of the wave potential fields alter the fast ion transport. The effects of electrostatic fluctuations are reduced due to gyro-averaging, which explains the difference in the fast-ion transport. A transition from super-diffusive to sub-diffusive transport is observed when the fast ion interacts with the waves for most of a wave period, which agrees with theoretical predictions.
ACCESSION #
65108170

 

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