Heating by an electron bernstein wave in a spherical tokamak plasma via mode conversion

S. Shiraiwa, K. Hanada, M. Hasegawa, H. Idei, H. Kasahara, O. Mitarai, K. Nakamura, N. Nishino, H. Nozato, M. Sakamoto, K. Sasaki, K. Sato, Y. Takase, T. Yamada, H. Zushi

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Abstract

The first successful high power heating of a high dielectric constant spherical tokamak plasma by an electron Bernstein wave (EBW) is reported. An EBW was excited by mode conversion (MC) of an X mode cyclotron wave injected from the low magnetic field side of the TST-2 spherical tokamak. Evidence of electron heating was observed as increases in the stored energy and soft x-ray emission. The increased emission was concentrated in the plasma core region. A heating efficiency of over 50% was achieved, when the density gradient in the MC region was sufficiently steep.

Original languageEnglish
Article number185003
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume96
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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