Tests of advanced RF off-axis current drive techniques on DIII-D
General Atomics San Diego California USA
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge Massachusetts USA
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Published online: 25 March 2019
The establishment of reactor-relevant radiofrequency heating and current drive techniques is a focus of work on DIII-D in the next five-year period. This paper gives an overview of the planned experimental work in the areas of (1) nearly vertically launched ECCD, (2) ‘helicon’ (whistlers or fast waves in the lower hybrid range of frequencies) current drive, and (3) high-field-side-launch (HFS) lower hybrid (slow wave) current drive. Each of these techniques addresses the need for efficient off-axis current drive for a steady-state tokamak reactor to supplement the bootstrap current and to provide current profile control, and each will be experimentally assessed at a coupled power level of ~1 MW on DIII-D in the next few years.
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