Lower hybrid current drive in Tore Supra and JET
Recent Lower Hybrid Current Drive (LHCD) experiments in Tore Supra and JET are reported. Large multijunction launchers have allowed the coupling of 5 MW to the plasma for several seconds with a maximum of 3.8 kW/cm2. Measurements of the scattering matrices of the antennae show good agreement with theory. The current drive efficiency in Tore Supra is about 0.2 x 1.0 E20/Am2/W with LH power alone, and reaches 0.4 x 1.0 E20/Am2/W in JET thanks to a high volume-averaged electron temperature (1.9 keV) and also to a synergy between lower hybrid and fast magnetosonic waves. In Tore Supra, sawteeth are suppressed and m=1 MHD oscillations (the frequency of which clearly depends on the amount of LH power) are observed on soft X-rays, and also on non-thermal ECE. In JET, ICRH produced sawtooth-free periods are extended by the application of LHCD (2.9 s with 4 MW ICRH) and current profile broadening has been clearly observed, consistent with off-axis fast electron populations. LH power modulation experiments performed in Tore Supra show a delayed central electron heating despite the off-axis creation of suprathermal electrons, thus ruling out the possibility of a direct heating through central wave absorption. Finally, successful pellet fuelling of a partially LH driven plasma was obtained in Tore Supra, 28 successive pellets allowing the density to rise to 4 x 1.0 E19/m3. This could be achieved by switching the LH power off for 90 ms before each pellet injection, i.e. without modifying significantly the current density profile.
Bibliographic Reference: Article: 18th European Conference on Controlled Fusion and Plasma Physics (1991)
Record Number: 199111415 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
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