Identification of an Optimized Heating and Fast Ion Generation Scheme for the Wendelstein 7-X Stellarator

W7-X Team, JET contributors

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A Doppler shifted resonance minority species ion cyclotron range of frequency (ICRF) scheme for heating neutral beam ions has been identified and optimized for theWendelstein 7-X stellarator. Compared with more conventional methods, the synergetic scheme increases the normalized core collisional power transfer to the background plasma, and induces larger concentrations of energetic ions. Simulations in the intricate 3D magnetic stellarator geometry reveal an energetic distribution function that is only weakly anisotropic, and is thus relevant to fast ion and alpha particle driven Alfv ' en eigenmode experimental preparation. Quasilinear theory and simulations of the Joint European Torus indicate that the excellent confinement properties are due to increased velocity diffusion from ICRF interaction along the magnetic field lines. Agreement is found between SCENIC simulations and Joint European Torus experimental measurements for the total neutron rate and the energy distribution of the fast ions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number155001
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2020


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