Slow Alfvén wave in ion cyclotron range of frequency (ICRF) is a powerful tool to heat ions confined in a mirror field. In spite of its efficient heating effect that has been attained in the central cell of GAMMA 10, there are still unknown characteristics concerning boundary condition, transient variation of heating effect, exact picture of cyclotron damping, and so on. To study these characteristics in detail, a multi-point measurement of the waves inside the hot plasma has been recently developed by using a microwave reflectometer. In addition to a radial profile measurement that is available by a usual reflectometer, an axial measurement has been achieved by arraying transmitting and receiving horn antennas in the axial direction, which are repeatedly switched in time during a discharge with PIN diode switches. Another transmitting and receiving horn antenna pair was newly added to the system and probing at five cross sections was achieved in a single discharge with time resolution of about 1 ms at each antenna pair position. With the upgraded reflectometer system, axial and radial distributions of wave-induced fluctuations and those temporal behavior were clearly observed, offering valuable data on wave physics in a hot mirror plasma.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mathematical Physics