Bulletin of the American Physical Society
49th Annual Meeting of the Division of Plasma Physics
Volume 52, Number 11
Monday–Friday, November 12–16, 2007; Orlando, Florida
Session GO3: DIII-D Tokamak
9:30 AM–12:30 PM,
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Rosen Centre Hotel Room: Salon 9/10
Chair: Earl Marmar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Abstract ID: BAPS.2007.DPP.GO3.10
Abstract: GO3.00010 : Locked Neoclassical Tearing Mode Control on DIII-D by Electron Cyclotron Current Drive and Magnetic Perturbations*
11:18 AM–11:30 AM
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R.J. La Haye
Magnetic perturbations were used at DIII-D to unlock, reposition or spin locked tearing modes and so assist their electron cyclotron durrent drive (ECCD) stabilization. While the island was slowly (0.66 Hz) dragged in the toroidal direction and illuminated by 1.3~MW ECCD, current was alternatively driven in its O-point and X-point. Correspondingly, a modulation of the mode amplitude by up to a factor 2 was observed, consistent with the stabilizing/destabilizing effect of ECCD in the O/X point. Faster sustained rotation, at up to 180~Hz, was also demonstrated. This brings the locked mode case into the well-studied rotating neoclassical tearing mode (NTM) case. It also opens up the possibility to synchronize and phase-lock the ECCD modulation to the entrained mode rotation, which is simpler than adapting the ECCD to the natural mode frequency and phase.
*Supported by the US DOE under DE-FC02-04ER54698.
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