Synergy of Coupled Kink and Tearing Modes in Fast Ion Transport

Yang, J. ; Podesta, M. ; Fredrickson, E.
Issue date: 2021
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Yang, J., Podesta, M., & Fredrickson, E. (2021). Synergy of Coupled Kink and Tearing Modes in Fast Ion Transport [Data set]. Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University.
  author      = {Yang, J. and
                Podesta, M. and
                Fredrickson, E.},
  title       = {{Synergy of Coupled Kink and Tearing Mode
                s in Fast Ion Transport}},
  publisher   = {{Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Pri
                nceton University}},
  year        = 2021,
  url         = {}

One aspect of the interaction between fast ions and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) instabilities is the fast ion transport. Coupled kink and tearing MHD instabilities have also been reported to cause fast ion transport. Recently, the ''kick" model has been developed to compute the evolution of the fast ion distribution from the neutral beam injection using instabilities as phase space resonance sources. The goal of this paper is to utilize the kick model to understand the physics of fast ion transport caused by the coupled kink and tearing modes. Soft X-ray diagnostics are used to identify the mode parameters in NSTX. The comparison of neutron rates measured and computed from time-dependent TRANSP simulation with the kick model shows the coupling of kink and tearing mode is important in determination of the fast ion transport. The numerical scan of the mode parameters shows that the relative phase of the kink and tearing modes and the overlapping of kink and tearing mode resonances in the phase space can affect the fast ion transport, suggesting that the synergy of the coupled modes may be causing the fast ion transport.

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