An investigation of beam driven alfvén instabilities in the diii-d tokamak
- Author(s): Heidbrink, WW
- Strait, EJ
- Doyle, E
- Sager, G
- Snider, RT
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1088/0029-5515/31/9/002
Neutral beams were injected into low field (B = 0.7-1.0 T) deuterium plasmas in an attempt to destabilize toroidicity induced Alfvén eigenmodes (TAE modes). When the parallel beam velocity approached the Alfvén velocity and the volume averaged beam beta exceeded 2%, localized, propagating modes with n = 2-10 were observed. As much as 45% of the beam power was lost as a result of the modes. The threshold for TAE instability is at least one order of magnitude higher than that predicted by Fu and VanDam (Phys. Fluids B 1 (1989) 1949). © 1991, IOP publishing Ltd.
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