Fast-ion transport and neutral beam current drive in ASDEX upgrade

B. Geiger, M. Weiland, Asger Schou Jacobsen, D. Rittich, R. Dux, R. Fischer, C. Hopf, M. Maraschek, R.M. McDermott, Stefan Kragh Nielsen, T. Odstrcil, M. Reich, F. Ryter, Mirko Salewski, P.A. Schneider, G. Tardini

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The neutral beam current drive efficiency has been investigated in the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak by replacing on-axis neutral beams with tangential off-axis beams. A clear modification of the radial fast-ion profiles is observed with a fast-ion D-alpha diagnostic that measures centrally peaked profiles during on-axis injection and outwards shifted profiles during off-axis injection. Due to this change of the fast-ion population, a clear modification of the plasma current profile is predicted but not observed by a motional Stark effect diagnostic. The fast-ion transport caused by MHD activity has been studied in low collisionality discharges that exhibit strong (1, 1) modes. In particular due to sawtooth crashes, significant radial redistribution of co-rotating fast-ions is observed which can very well be described by the Kadomtsev model. In addition, first tomographic reconstructions of the central 2D fastion velocity space in the presence of sawtooth crashes allow the investigation of the pitch
dependence of the mode-imposed redistribution: a stronger redistribution of mainly co-rotating fast ions is observed than of those with smaller pitch values.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNuclear Fusion
Pages (from-to)083001
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Current drive
  • Fast ion
  • Sawtooth crash
  • Off-axis NBI


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