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Central flattening of the fast-ion profile in reversed-shear DIII-D discharges

  • Author(s): Heidbrink, WW
  • Van Zeeland, MA
  • Austin, ME
  • Burrell, KH
  • Gorelenkov, NN
  • Kramer, GJ
  • Luo, Y
  • Makowski, MA
  • McKee, GR
  • Muscatello, C
  • Nazikian, R
  • Ruskov, E
  • Solomon, WM
  • White, RB
  • Zhu, Y
  • et al.
Abstract

Neutral beam injection into a plasma with negative central shear produces a rich spectrum of toroidicity-induced and reversed-shear Alfvén eigenmodes in the DIII-D tokamak. The application of fast-ion D α (FIDA) spectroscopy shows that the central fast-ion profile is flattened in the inner half of the discharge. Neutron and equilibrium measurements corroborate the FIDA data. The temporal evolution of the current profile is also strongly modified. Studies in similar discharges show that flattening of the profile correlates with the mode amplitude and that both types of Alfvén modes correlate with fast-ion transport. Calculations by the ORBIT code do not explain the observed fast-ion transport for the measured mode amplitudes, however. Possible explanations for the discrepancy are considered. © 2008 IAEA, Vienna.

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