Plasma-materials interactions during RF experiments in tokamaks

S. A. Cohen, S. Bernabei, R. Budny, T. K. Chu, P. Colestock, E. Hinnov, W. Hooke, J. Hosea, D. Hwang, F. Jobes, D. Manos, R. Motley, D. Ruzic, J. Stevens, B. Stratton, S. Suckewer, S. Von Goeler, R. Wilson

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Plasma-materials interactions studied in recent ICRF heating and lower hybrid current drive experiments are reviewed. The microscopic processes responsible for impurity generation are discussed. In ICRF experiments, improvements in machine operation and in antenna and feedthrough design have allowed efficient plasma heating at RF powers up to 3 MW. No significant loss of energy from the plasma core due to impurity radiation occurs. Lower hybrid current drive results in the generation and maintenance of hundreds of kiloamperes of plasma current carried by suprathermal electrons. The loss of these electrons and their role in impurity generation are assessed. Methods to avoid this problem are evaluated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-291
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue numberC
StatePublished - Dec 1984
Externally publishedYes


  • ICRF
  • LH
  • PWI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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