An upgraded Ohmic heating (OH) system with a bipolar circuit is designed to achieve plasma current over 100 kA ideally without the effect of eddy current in the QUEST spherical tokamak. IGBT (Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor) stacks work as switches to change the polarity of OH primary current up to ±8 kA. A main target of the new OH is to generate over-dense plasmas for the 8.56 GHz electron cyclotron (EC) wave. Heating with electron Bernstein waves can be conducted in such over-dense plasmas. The effect of eddy current flowing in the vacuum vessel, which is generated by the current swing through the central solenoid, on null point is investigated by analysis of magnetic field and flux surfaces. In the initial phase, eddy current flowing through the vacuum chamber shifts the null point to the high magnetic field side where multiple EC resonance layers are located.
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