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The Ion Cyclotron, Lower Hybrid, and Alfven Wave Heating Methods

R. Koch

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 45 / Number 2T / March 2004 / Pages 203-210

Technical Paper / Plasma and Fusion Energy Physics - Plasma Heating and Current Drive /

This lecture covers the practical features and experimental results of the three heating methods. The emphasis is on ion cyclotron heating. First, we briefly come back to the main non-collisional heating mechanisms and to the particular features of the quasilinear coefficient in the ion cyclotron range of frequencies (ICRF). The specific case of the ion-ion hybrid resonance is treated, as well as the polarisation issue and minority heating scheme. The various ICRF scenarios are reviewed. The experimental applications of ion cyclotron resonance heating (ICRH) systems are outlined. Then, the lower hybrid and Alfvén wave heating and current drive experimental results are covered more briefly. Where applicable, the prospects for ITER are commented.

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