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Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 2976–2979 (1997)

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Alpha-Particle-Driven Toroidal Alfvén Eigenmodes in the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor

R. Nazikian1, G. Y. Fu1, S. H. Batha2, M. G. Bell1, R. E. Bell1, R. V. Budny1, C. E. Bush1, Z. Chang1, Y. Chen1, C. Z. Cheng1, D. S. Darrow1, P. C. Efthimion1, E. D. Fredrickson1, N. N. Gorelenkov3, B. Leblanc1, F. M. Levinton2, R. Majeski1, E. Mazzucato1, S. S. Medley1, H. K. Park1, M. P. Petrov4, D. A. Spong5, J. D. Strachan1, E. J. Synakowski1, G. Taylor1, S. Von Goeler1, R. B. White1, K. L. Wong1, and S. J. Zweben1
1Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey 08543-0451
2Fusion Physics & Technology, Torrance, California 90503
3Troitsk Institute of Fusion and Innovative Research, Troitsk, Russia
4A. F. Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia
5Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831
Received 11 November 1996

Alpha-particle-driven toroidal Alfvén eigenmodes (TAEs) have been observed for the first time in deuterium-tritium (D-T) plasmas on the tokamak fusion test reactor (TFTR). These modes are observed 100–200 ms following the end of neutral beam injection in plasmas with reduced central magnetic shear and elevated central safety factor [q0>1]. Mode activity is localized to the central region of the discharge r/a<0.5 with magnetic fluctuation level B-tildeperp/B||~10-5 and toroidal mode numbers in the range n = 2–4, consistent with theoretical calculations of alpha -TAE stability in TFTR.

©1997 The American Physical Society

URL: http://link.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v78/p2976
DOI: 10.11.03/PhysRevLett.78.2976
PACS: 52.55.Fa, 52.35.Bj, 52.35.Py, 52.55.Pi


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