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In this work the frequency spectral broadening of lower hybrid (LH) waves injected into tokamak plasmas is analysed extensively with reference mostly to experimental data from the ASDEX tokamak. The link between the magnitude of the pump spectral width and the degradation of the LH current drive efficiency (up to a factor of 2), pointed out in previous works, is explained. The experimental behaviour of LH power absorption is also well reproduced, even in situations when the access of the launched LH waves to the core plasma should be largely forbidden. Experiments were aimed at determining whether parametric decay instabilities (PDIs) or scattering of LH waves by density fluctuations in the plasma edge are the causes of the broadening of the LH pump frequency spectrum. Fluctuations emerge as the largely dominant process, while no signature of PDI processes is observed. The analytical description given by Andrew and Perkins as the appropriate model for LH scattering supplies the correct magnitude for the frequency spectral width of the LH pump, and explains quantitatively, together with a ray tracing code, why the CD efficiency decreases with the broadening of the pump spectrum. It can also account for the observed LH power absorption coefficient.

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Authors: PERICOLI RIDOLFINI V, ENEA, Centro Ricerche Energia Frascati, Roma (IT);BARTIROMO R, ENEA, Centro Ricerche Energia Frascati, Roma (IT);GIANNONE L, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching bei München (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: RT/NUCL/92/39 EN (1992) 28 pp.
Availability: Available from Servizio Studi e Documentazione, ENEA, Centro Ricerche Energia Frascati, C.P. 65-00044 Frascati, Roma (IT)
Record Number: 199311114 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en