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The deteriorating effect of plasma density fluctuations on microwave beam quality

By Alf Köhn, Max E. Austin, Michael W. Brookman, Kenneth W. Gentle, Lorenzo Guidi, Eberhard Holzhauer, Rob J. La Haye, Jarrod B. Leddy, Omar Maj, Craig C. Petty, Emanuele Poli, Terry L. Rhodes, Antti Snicker, Matthew B. Thomas, Roddy G. L. Vann and Hannes Weber


Turbulent plasma edge density fluctuations can broaden a traversing microwave beam degrading its quality. This can be a problem for scenarios relying on a high spatial localization of the deposition of injected microwave power, like controlling MHD instabilities. Here we present numerical estimations of the scattering of a microwave beam by density fluctuations over a large parameter range, including extrapolations to ITER. Two codes are used, the full-wave code IPF-FDMC and the wave kinetic equation solver WKBeam. A successful comparison between beam broadening obtained from DIII-D experiments and corresponding full-wave simulations is shown.Comment: EPJ Web of Conferences, EC-20 2018 Proceedings, submitte

Topics: Physics - Plasma Physics
Publisher: 'EDP Sciences'
Year: 2018
DOI identifier: 10.1051/epjconf/201920301005
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