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Nonlinear simulation of energetic particle modes in JT-60U

Bierwage, A.; Aiba, Nobuyuki; Shinohara, Koji; Todo, Yasushi*; Deng, W.*; Ishikawa, Masao; Matsunaga, Go; Yagi, Masatoshi

Energetic particle mode (EPM) dynamics are simulated using a global nonlinear hybrid code (MEGA). The scenario considered is based on JT-60U shot E039672, just before the onset of a so-called Abrupt Large Event (ALE). The simulation model is gradually extended towards a more realistic representation of the JT-60U plasma, including realistic geometry, realistic pressure, and realistic fast ion distributions. It is found that the mode structure and frequency of the EPM is very robust and can be reproduced by simple models. In contrast, accurate prediction of the growth rate, fluctuation amplitude and fast ion transport may require realistic models. The progress made - in particular, the use of realistic geometry and a realistic fast ion distribution computed by an orbit-following Monte-Carlo code - constitutes an important step forward towards predictive simulations and integrated modelling of energetic particle dynamics in burning plasmas, such as in ITER and DEMO.



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