Observations of effects of banana trapping on neutral-beam-injected ions in plt

R. Kaita, Robert James Goldston, J. P. Bussac

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The horizontally scanning charge-exchange analyser on the Princeton Large Torus (PLT) was used to measure fast co-moving ions during counter-injection of neutral beams. The large flux of charge- exchange neutrals observed in the near-parallel direction under these circumstances exhibited a sharp cut-off as the analyser was scanned to a fully parallel aiming angle. At a fixed particle energy, the cut-off angle showed a strong dependence on the plasma current, which can be predicted by using finite-banana-width tokamak orbit theory. Monte-Carlo calculations using a Fokker-Planck formalism and full toroidal geometry give substantive agreement with the experimental data, indicating that banana-trapping effects on neutral-beam- injected ions were directly observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)953-960
Number of pages8
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1981

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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