Initial Operation of the NSTX Phased Array for Launching High Harmonic Fast Waves

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A high harmonic fast wave (HHFW) antenna array, designed to provide up to 6 MW of power at 30 MHz for heating and current drive applications, has been operated on the NSTX experiment at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The full array consists of twelve evenly spaced, identical current strap modules connected in pairs. Each pair is connected as a half-wave resonant loop and is intended to be driven by one transmitter, allowing rapid phase shift between transmitters. A decoupling network compensates for the mutual inductive coupling between adjacent current straps, effectively isolating the six transmitters from one another. Initial ... continued below

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Ryan, P.M. February 22, 2001.

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A high harmonic fast wave (HHFW) antenna array, designed to provide up to 6 MW of power at 30 MHz for heating and current drive applications, has been operated on the NSTX experiment at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The full array consists of twelve evenly spaced, identical current strap modules connected in pairs. Each pair is connected as a half-wave resonant loop and is intended to be driven by one transmitter, allowing rapid phase shift between transmitters. A decoupling network compensates for the mutual inductive coupling between adjacent current straps, effectively isolating the six transmitters from one another. Initial rf operation between November 1999 and January 2000 used eight straps to form four loops, which were driven by two transmitters. Two adjacent loops were connected with a {lambda}/2 coax section to be driven out of phase by a single transmitter. Up to 2 MW of power was delivered during this stage of operation; inter-loop phasings of 0-{pi}-{pi}-0 and 0-{pi}-0-{pi} were investigated. Models of the power distribution system indicate the nominal plasma loading was about 5{Omega}/m, close to the design value of 6{Omega}/m. The HHFW system has now been reconfigured for 12-strap, 6-transmitter operation with decouplers; low power vacuum and plasma measurements have begun.

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  • Report No.: P00-107087
  • Grant Number: AC05-96OR22464
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 775407
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc716750

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Ryan, P.M. Initial Operation of the NSTX Phased Array for Launching High Harmonic Fast Waves, article, February 22, 2001; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc716750/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.