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Nonperturbative effects of energetic ions on Alfv$'e$n eigenmodes

Todo, Yasushi*; Nakajima, Noriyoshi*; Shinohara, Koji; Takechi, Manabu; Ishikawa, Masao; Yamamoto, Satoshi*

Linear properties and nonlinear evolutions of an energetic-ion driven instability in a JT-60U plasma were investigated using a simulation code for MHD and energetic particles. The spatial profile of the unstable mode peaks near the plasma center where the safety factor profile is flat. The real frequency of the mode is close to the experimental starting frequency of the fast frequency sweeping mode. The simulation results demonstrate that the energetic ion orbit width and the energetic ion pressure significantly broaden radial profile of the unstable mode. For the experimental condition of JT-60U, the energetic ions broaden the spatial profile of the unstable mode by a factor of 3. The unstable mode is primarily induced by the energetic particles. It is demonstrated that the frequency shifts both upward and downward in the nonlinear evolution at the rate close to that of the fast frequency sweeping mode. In addition to the energetic particle mode in JT-60U, an investigation of TAE in an LHD-like plasma using the simulation code for the helical coordinate system is reported.



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