Interaction of energetic alpha particles with intense lower hybrid waves

Nathaniel J. Fisch, Jean Marcel Rax

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Lower hybrid waves are a demonstrated, continuous means of driving toroidal current in a tokamak. When these waves propagate in a tokamak fusion reactor, in which there are energetic particles, there are conditions under which the particles do not appreciably damp, and may even amplify, the wave, thereby enhancing the current-drive effect. Waves traveling in one poloidal direction, in addition to being directed in one toroidal direction, are shown to be the most efficient drivers of current in the presence of the energetic particles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)612-615
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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