Brazilian Journal of Physics
Print version ISSN 0103-9733
RUCHKO, L.F. et al. The analysis of alfvén wave current drive and plasma heating in TCABR tokamak. Braz. J. Phys. [online]. 2002, vol.32, n.1, pp. 57-64. ISSN 0103-9733. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-97332002000100012.
The results of experiments on Alfvén wave current drive and plasma heating in the TCABR tokamak are analyzed with the help of a numerical code for simulation of the diffusion of the toroidal electric field. It permits to find radial distributions of plasma current density and conductivity, which match the experimentally measured total plasma current and loop voltage changes, and thus to study the performance of the RF system during Alfvén wave plasma heating and current drive experiments. Regimes with efficient RF power input in TCABR have been analyzed and revealed the possibility of noninductive current generation with magnitudes up to ~8 kA. The increase of plasma energy content due to RF power input is consistent with the diamagnetic measurements.