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22-27 October 2018
Mahatma Mandir Conference Centre
Asia/Kolkata timezone

Strongly non-linear energetic particle dynamics in ASDEX Upgrade scenarios with core impurity accumulation

23 Oct 2018, 10:45
Mahatma Mandir Conference Centre

Mahatma Mandir Conference Centre

Gandhinagar (nearest Airport: Ahmedabad), India
Oral EXW - Magnetic Confinement Experiments: Wave–plasma interactions; current drive; heating; energetic particles EX/1-TH/1 Energetic Particles


Dr Philipp Lauber (IPP Garching)


In 2017 a new scenario on ASDEX Upgrade for the dedicated investigation of energetic particle (EP) physics has been developed. This scenario is unique in two aspects: firstly, the neutral beam (NB) induced fast-ion beta is comparable to the background plasma β, and secondly, the ratio of the fast ion energy to the thermal background is of the order 100. At ASDEX Upgrade we reach this previously unexplored regime by NB off-axis heating only and by letting impurities accumulate in the core. Due to strong radiation losses the background tempera- tures and pressures of both ions and electrons stay low, despite 2.5 − 5MW NB heating. In the stable flattopphaseanunprecedentednumberofvariousEP-driveninstabilities(despitevEP/vAlfvén ≈0.4≪ 1) is simultaneously observed: EP-driven geodesic acoustic modes (EGAMs), beta-induced Alfvén eigenmodes (BAEs), reversed shear Alfvén eigenmodes (RSAEs) and toroidal Alfvén eigenmodes (TAEs), that are modulated by transient q = 2 sawtooth-like crashes, NTMs and ELMs. The physics reasons for these strong mode activity are discussed. During the stable flat-top phase meaningful EP distribution function measurements (FIDA) and analysis (TRANSP/FIDASIM) can be performed. First results indicate that the EP profiles differ significantly from neoclassical predictions. Bicoherence analysis using an advanced toolset for non-stationary processes reveals that non-linear coupling processes between different frequency bands exist. In addition, TAE bursts are observed to trigger the onset of EGAMs which indicates coupling of these modes via the velocity space (EP avalanches). Linear and non-linear tools (HAGIS/LIGKA, ORB5, XHMGC) are used for mod- eling mode onset and non-linear phases. These experiments facilitate the experimental study of the interaction of AEs, zonal modes and turbulence and thus serve as an ideal validation opportu- nity for various non-linear analytical and numerical models. In addition, the observed onset of EP avalanches can be quantified. The investigation and understanding of these - so far not accessible - physics elements is a prerequisite for a reliable prediction of the self-organisation of a burning plasma.
Country or International Organization Germany
Paper Number EX/1-1

Primary author

Dr Philipp Lauber (IPP Garching)


Dr Alberto Bottino (IPP Garching) Dr Alessandro Biancalani (Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik) Dr Benedikt Geiger (Max-Planck Institut für Plasmaphysik) Dr Francesco Palermo (IPP Garching) Dr Gabor Por (Institute of Nuclear Techniques, Budapest) Dr Garrard Conway (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik) Dr Gergely Papp (Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics) Dr Gergo Pokol (NTI, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary) Mr Ivan Novikau (IPP Garching) Dr Luis Guimarais (IST, Lisbon, Portugal) Dr Marc Maraschek (IPP Garching) Mr Peter Poloskei (IPP Garching) Mr Thomas Hayward-Schneider (IPP Garching) Dr Valentin Igochine (Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik) Dr Xin Wang (Max Planck Institute for plasma physics) Zhixin Lu (School of Physics, Peking University)

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