IShTAR: a test facility to study the interaction between RF wave and edge plasmas

Abstract : Existence of high electric fields near an RF antenna launcher causes a number of parasitic phenomena, such as arcing and impurity release, which seriously deteriorate the performance of an ICRF heating scheme in fusion devices. Limited accessibility of the near antenna region in large-scale fusion experiments significantly complicates the associated experimental studies. The IShTAR (Ion Sheath Test Arrangement) test facility has been developed with the requirement to provide a better accessibility and diagnosability of plasmas in the direct vicinity of an ICRF antenna. The purpose of this work is to give a detailed description on the experimental setup and the available diagnostics. Furthermore the paper will demonstrate the capability of the experiment to study phenomena near an ICRF antenna launcher which are relevant for large-scale fusion ICRH systems.
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I. Shesterikov, K. Crombé, A. Kostic, D. A. Sitnikov, Mariia Usoltceva, et al.. IShTAR: a test facility to study the interaction between RF wave and edge plasmas. 2019. ⟨hal-02264258⟩

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