Measurement of fast ion life time using neutron diagnostics and its application to the fast ion instability at ELM suppressed KSTAR plasma by RMP

  • Kwak, Jong-Gu (National Fusion Research Institute) ;
  • Woo, M.H. (National Fusion Research Institute) ;
  • Rhee, T. (National Fusion Research Institute)
  • Received : 2018.10.22
  • Accepted : 2019.05.19
  • Published : 2019.10.25


The confinement degradation of the energetic particles during RMP would be a key issue in success of realizing the successful energy production using fusion plasma, because a 3.5 MeV energetic alpha particle should be able to sustain the burning plasma after the ignition. As KSTAR recent results indicate the generation of high-performance plasma(${\beta}_p{\sim}3$), the confinement of the energetic particles is also an important key aspect in neutral beam driven plasma. In general, the measured absolute value of the neutron intensity is generally used for to estimating the confinement time of energetic particles by comparing it with the theoretical value based on transport calculations. However, the availability of, but for its calculation process, many accurate diagnostic data of plasma parameters such as thermal and incident fast ion density, are essential to the calculation process. In this paper, the time evolution of the neutron signal from an He3 counter during the beam blank has permitted to facilitate the estimation of the slowing down time of energetic particles and the method is applied to investigate the fast ion effect on ELM suppressed KSTAR plasma which is heated by high energy deuterium neutral beams.



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