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Estimation of kinetic parameters based on chirping Alfv$'e$n Eigenmodes

Lesur, M.*; Idomura, Yasuhiro; Shinohara, Koji; Garbet, X.*

Alfv$'e$n Eigenmodes (AEs) with frequency sweeping (chirping AEs) are analyzed based on the so-called Berk-Breizman (BB) model. Kinetic parameter regimes with chirping nonlinear solutions are delimited, and a new quasi-periodic chirping regime is found, where the quasi-period of chirping events depends on the linear growth rate. Fundamental kinetic parameters such as the linear drive and the external damping rate are estimated by fitting nonlinear chirping characteristics between the experiment and the BB model. This approach is applied to Toroidicity-induced AEs on JT-60U, which suggests the existence of modes far from marginal stability. Two collision models are considered, and it is shown that dynamical friction and velocity-space diffusion are essential to reproduce nonlinear features observed in experiments. The results are validated by recovering measured growth and decay of perturbation amplitude, and by estimating collision frequencies from experimental equilibrium data.

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