N=2 ICRH of H majority plasmas in JET-ILW

N=2 ICRH of H majority plasmas in JET-ILW

N=2 ICRH of H majority plasmas in JET-ILW 150 150 Mathew

Heating single ion species plasmas with ICRF is a challenging task: Fundamental ion cyclotron heating (w = w ci ) suffers from the adverse polarization of the RF electric fields near the majority cyclotron resonance while second harmonic heating (w = 2w ci ) typically requires pre-heating of the plasma ions to become efficient. Recently, w = 2w ci ICRF heating was tested in JET-ILW hydrogen plasmas in the absence of neutral beam injection (L-mode). Despite the lack of pre-heating, up to 6MW of ICRF power were coupled to the plasma leading to a transition to H-mode for P ICRH >5MW in most discharges. Heating efficiencies between 0.65-0.85 were achieved as a combination of the low magnetic field adopted (enhanced finite Larmor radius effects) and the deliberate slow rise of the ICRF power, allowing time for a fast ion population to gradually build-up leading to a systematic increase of the wave absorptivity. Although fast ion tails are a common feature of harmonic ICRF heating, the N=2 majority heating features moderate tail energies (<500keV) except at very low plasma densities (n e0 <3x10 19 /m 3 ), where fast H tails in the MeV range developed and fast ion losses became significant, leading to enhanced plasma wall interaction. The main results of these experiments will be reported.

Collection:
Journals
Journal:
AIP Conference Proceedings
Publisher:
AIP
Published date:
12/01/2015