Modelling of the stabilization of neoclassical tearing modes by localized radio frequency current drive
Numerical modelling of the stabilization of neoclassical tearing modes by localized radio frequency (rf) current drive is presented. The bootstrap current is self-consistently calculated from the pressure evolution equation, the rf current source is obtained from the ray-tracing code and the Fokker-Planck code, and the change of the driven current profile due to the change of the magnetic island width has also been taken into account by modelling the two-dimensional transport of the fast electrons induced by the rf wave. It is found that both parallel and the perpendicular transport of the fast electrons play important roles in the stabilization, and modulated and nonmodulated rf current drive have approximately the same stabilizing effect. The neoclassical tearing modes is shown to be stabilized by a continuous rf current drive. The simulation results essentially agree with experimental observations.
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Physics of Plasmas, Vol. 7 (2000) No. 1, pp. 312-322
Availability: Physics of Plasmas (Journal)
Record Number: 200012737 / Last updated on: 2000-09-08
Original language: en
Available languages: en