Ordinary-mode reflectometry: modification of the scattering and cut-off responses due to the shape of localized density fluctuations
Ordinary wave reflectometry in a plasma containing a localized density perturbation is studied with a one-dimensional model. The phase response is studied as a function of the wavenumber and position of the perturbation. It is shown that it strongly depends upon the perturbation shape and size. For a small perturbation wavenumber, the response is due to the oscillation of the cut-off layer. For large wavenumbers, two regimes of resonant Bragg scattering are found: for a broad perturbation, the phase response is an image of the perturbation itself; for a narrow perturbation, it is an image of the Fourier transform. These features are enhanced for a broadband perturbation (modulated square wave) and scattering can occur over the whole region up to the cut-off. Furthermore, in that case there is a specific behaviour at the cut-off due to the sharp boundary effects of this perturbation. Because of this peculiarity, the phase response obtained for a damped square perturbation reproduces the results of an earlier experiment.
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, Vol. 38 (1996) No. 12, pp. 1915-1930
Record Number: 199710070 / Last updated on: 1997-02-26
Original language: en
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