Recent results on turbulence and MHD activity achieved by reflectometry
Over the last years, owing to hardware progress and the development of new methods, reflectometry has become a common diagnostic on plasma fusion devices. This paper presents some results obtained with reflectometry on transport, turbulence and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD). The emphasis is put on some new results from Tore-Supra. Combining the density profile and fluctuation measurement, it was shown on Tore-Supra that the particle pinch inside the q = 1 surface is close to the neoclassical value in ohmic plasma, while the observed small diffusion is in agreement with a very low level of density fluctuations inside the q = 1 surface. In beta scaling experiments, no change in the fluctuation levels was found on Tore-Supra, in agreement with the observation of weak confinement degradation with increasing beta. Zonal flows have been detected by Doppler reflectometry in ASDEX-U and with correlation reflectometry in T-10. On Tore-Supra, a fast decrease in the density fluctuation level at high poloidal wavenumbers was measured with Doppler reflectometry, suggesting a minor role of electron temperature gradient driven modes. Various forms of Alfvén eigenmodes (toroidal Alfvén eigenmodes, Alfvén cascades and possibly beta Alfvén eigenmodes) have been detected with reflectometry in TFTR, JET and Tore-Supra. The density fluctuations induced by the mode were found to be higher on the high-field side.
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 48 (2006), pp. B421-B432
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Record Number: 200719125 / Last updated on: 2007-04-11
Original language: en
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