The potential of continuous plasma sustainment of Large Helical Device (LHD) was successfully demonstrated by a one hour discharge with 110 kW electron cyclotron heating (ECH) power. The ECH power of frequency 84 GHz generated by a continuous-work (CW) gyrotron is transmitted through an evacuated waveguide transmission line and injected to the LHD vacuum vessel using waveguide antenna. The plasma density was kept at about 1.5 × 1018/m3 and the electron temperature at the plasma center over 1 keV. Due to the low injection power the density was not so high but the plasma was quite stable. The power injection was terminated manually at 3900 seconds from the limitation of the setting of data acquisition, not for any troubles on devices.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)