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Suppression of runaway electrons during electron cyclotron resonance heating on HL-2A tokamak

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 September 2009

JIN-WEI YANG
Affiliation:
Southwestern Institute of Physics, PO Box 432, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan, China (yangjw@swip.ac.cn; zhangyp@swip.ac.cn; lixx@swip.ac.cn; songxy@swip.ac.cn; yuanglw@swip.ac.cn; liaom@swip.ac.cn; yangqw@swip.ac.cn)
YI-PO ZHANG
Affiliation:
Southwestern Institute of Physics, PO Box 432, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan, China (yangjw@swip.ac.cn; zhangyp@swip.ac.cn; lixx@swip.ac.cn; songxy@swip.ac.cn; yuanglw@swip.ac.cn; liaom@swip.ac.cn; yangqw@swip.ac.cn)
XU LI
Affiliation:
Southwestern Institute of Physics, PO Box 432, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan, China (yangjw@swip.ac.cn; zhangyp@swip.ac.cn; lixx@swip.ac.cn; songxy@swip.ac.cn; yuanglw@swip.ac.cn; liaom@swip.ac.cn; yangqw@swip.ac.cn)
XIAN-YING SONG
Affiliation:
Southwestern Institute of Physics, PO Box 432, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan, China (yangjw@swip.ac.cn; zhangyp@swip.ac.cn; lixx@swip.ac.cn; songxy@swip.ac.cn; yuanglw@swip.ac.cn; liaom@swip.ac.cn; yangqw@swip.ac.cn)
GUO-LIANG YUAN
Affiliation:
Southwestern Institute of Physics, PO Box 432, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan, China (yangjw@swip.ac.cn; zhangyp@swip.ac.cn; lixx@swip.ac.cn; songxy@swip.ac.cn; yuanglw@swip.ac.cn; liaom@swip.ac.cn; yangqw@swip.ac.cn)
MIN LIAO
Affiliation:
Southwestern Institute of Physics, PO Box 432, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan, China (yangjw@swip.ac.cn; zhangyp@swip.ac.cn; lixx@swip.ac.cn; songxy@swip.ac.cn; yuanglw@swip.ac.cn; liaom@swip.ac.cn; yangqw@swip.ac.cn)
LI-QUN HU
Affiliation:
Institute of Plasma physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Hefei 230031, Anhui, China (lqhu@ipp.ac.cn; linsy@ipp.ac.cn)
SHI-YAO LIN
Affiliation:
Institute of Plasma physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Hefei 230031, Anhui, China (lqhu@ipp.ac.cn; linsy@ipp.ac.cn)
QING-WEI YANG
Affiliation:
Southwestern Institute of Physics, PO Box 432, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan, China (yangjw@swip.ac.cn; zhangyp@swip.ac.cn; lixx@swip.ac.cn; songxy@swip.ac.cn; yuanglw@swip.ac.cn; liaom@swip.ac.cn; yangqw@swip.ac.cn)

Abstract

The statistical analysis of heating effect and the cross-correlation analysis of both electron temperature and loop voltage have been done during electron cyclotron resonance heating (ECRH). The behavior of runaway electrons in the flat-top phase during ECRH are analyzed using experimental data. It is shown that the runaway population is indeed suppressed or even quenched when the toroidal electric field ET is reduced below the threshold electric field Eth by high-power and long-duration ECRH. The physical mechanism of runaway suppression is explored by the resonant interaction between the electron cyclotron waves and the energetic runaway electrons.

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