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TH/P4-38 Global Hybrid Simulations of Energetic Particle-driven Modes

By In Toroidal Plasmas


Global hybrid simulations of energetic particle-driven MHD modes have been carried out for tokamaks and spherical tokamaks using the hybrid code M3D[1]. The Numerical Results for the National Spherical Tokamak Experiments (NSTX) show that Toroidal Alfvén Eigenmodes are excited by beam ions with their frequencies consistent with the experimental observations. Nonlinear simulations indicate that the n=2 mode frequency chirps down as the mode moves out radially. For ITER, it is shown that the alpha particle effects are strongly stabilizing for internal kink mode when central safety factor q(0) is sufficiently close to unity. However, the elongation of ITER plasma shape reduces the stabilization significantly.

Year: 2009
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