Bi-Maxwellian, slowing-down, and ring velocity distributions of fast ions in magnetized plasmas

Dmitry Moseev, Mirko Salewski*

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We discuss analytical fast-ion velocity distribution functions which are useful for basic plasma modelling as illustrated for the tokamak ITER. The Maxwellian is by far the most widespread model for ions and electrons in tokamaks and stellarators. The bi-Maxwellian and the drifting (bi-)Maxwellian are extensions allowing for anisotropy and bulk plasma flow, respectively. For example, fast ions generated by wave heating in the ion cyclotron range of frequencies are often described by bi-Maxwellians or so-called tail temperatures. The ring distribution can serve as a basic building block for arbitrary distributions or as a bump-on-tail in stability studies. The isotropic slowing-down distribution is a good model for fusion α-particles. The anisotropic slowing-down distribution occurs for anisotropic particle sources as is typical for neutral beam injection. We physically motivate these distribution functions and present analytical models in various coordinate systems commonly used by theorists and experimentalists. We further calculate 1D projections of the distribution functions onto a diagnostic line-of-sight to gain insight into measurements relying on the Doppler shift.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number2
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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