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The mechanism for fast-ion-induced toroidal plasma rotation in the absence of external momentum input reported in Perkins et al (Perkins F.W. et al 2001 Phys. Plasmas 8 2181) is examined in detail, at the level of single particle orbits and their collisional evolution, with the aim at clarifying the physical processes involved. This mechanism may be a contributing factor to the toroidal plasma rotation observed during the injection of intense ion cyclotron resonance frequency (ICRF) waves in recent tokamak experiments. It is found that the pitch-angle scattering of fast-ion orbits is essential in order to spin the plasma toroidally in the co-current direction. This situation is applicable to high-density C-MOD plasmas with intense ICRF wave absorption on the low-field side. However, in tokamaks such as JET, where fast ions with energies in the MeV range are produced by ICRF, the pitch-angle scattering is less important and counter-rotation is more likely to occur. More significantly, sheared rotation induced by ICRF fast ions can contribute to the quenching of turbulent fluctuations and of triggering internal transport barriers.

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Authors: ERIKSSON L-G, Association EURATOM-CEA sur la Fusion Contrôlée, CEA Cadarache, St Paul lez Durance (FR);PORCELLI F, Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US) and Istituto Nazionale Fisica della Materia, Dipartimento di Energetica, Politecnico di Torino (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Nuclear Fusion 42 (August 2002) 959-971
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Record Number: 200215623 / Last updated on: 2002-12-02
Original language: en
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