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The Ion Cyclotron, Lower Hybrid and Alfvén Wave Heating Methods

R. Koch

Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 57 / Number 2T / February 2010 / Pages 206-213

Heating and Current Drive / Proceedings of the Ninth Carolus Magnus Summer School on Plasma and Fusion Energy Physics /

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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