Description: The noninductive current driven by fast Alfven waves (FWCD) has been applied to discharges in DIII-D with negative central shear. Driven currents as high as 275 kA have been achieved with up to 3 MW of fast wave power with the efficiency and profile as predicted by theory-based modeling. When counter-current FWCD was applied to discharges with negative central shear, the negative shear was strengthened and prolonged, showing that FWCD can help to control the current profile in advanced tokamak discharges. Under some conditions in negative central shear, the plasma spontaneously makes a transition into a regime of improved performance, with a reduction in both the ion and the electron heat diffusivities. Up to 3 MW of fast wave power has been successfully coupled into H-mode discharges with large edge localized modes through use of an innovative decoupler/hybrid power splitter combination.
Date: October 1, 1996
Creator: Prater, R.; Austin, M.E. & Baity, F.W.
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