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Improved measurements of ICRF antenna input impedance at ASDEX upgrade during ICRF coupling studies

(2014) AIP Conference Proceedings. 1580. p.275-278
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A new set of diagnostics has been implemented on ASDEX Upgrade to measure the input impedance of the ICRF antennas, in the form of a voltage and current probe pair installed on each feeding line of every antenna. Besides allowing the measurement of the reflection coefficient Gamma of each antenna port, the probes have two advantages: first, they are located close to the antenna ports (similar to 3 m) and thus the measurements are not affected by the uncertainties due to the transmission and matching network; second, they are independent of matching conditions. These diagnostics have been used to study the behavior of the ASDEX Upgrade antennas while changing the plasma shape (low to high triangularity) and applying magnetic perturbations (MPs) via saddle coils. Scans in the separatrix position R-sep were also performed. Upper triangularity delta(o) was increased from 0.1 to 0.3 (with the lower triangularity delta(o) kept roughly constant at 0.45) and significant decreases in vertical bar Gamma vertical bar (up to similar to 30%, markedly improving antenna coupling) and moderate changes in phase (up to similar to 5 degrees) off on each feeding line were observed approximately at delta(o) >= 0.29. During MPs (in similar to 0.5 s pulses with a coil current of 1 kA), a smaller response was observed: 6% - 7% in vertical bar Gamma vertical bar, with changes in phase of 5 apparently due to R p scans only. As 1 is usually in the range 0.8 - 0.9, this still leads to a significant increase in possible coupled power. Numerical simulations of the antenna behavior were carried out using the FELICE code; the simulation results are in qualitative agreement with experimental measurements. The results presented here complement the studies on the influence of gas injection and MPs on the ICRF antenna performance presented in [4].
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ICRF, coupling, TOPICA, antenna impedance

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Stepanov, Ivan, Jean-Marie Noterdaeme, V Bobkov, D Coster, H Faugel, R Bilato, M Brambilla, W Suttrop, A Kallenbach, and J Schweinzer. 2014. “Improved Measurements of ICRF Antenna Input Impedance at ASDEX Upgrade During ICRF Coupling Studies.” In AIP Conference Proceedings, 1580:275–278.
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Stepanov, I., Noterdaeme, J.-M., Bobkov, V., Coster, D., Faugel, H., Bilato, R., Brambilla, M., et al. (2014). Improved measurements of ICRF antenna input impedance at ASDEX upgrade during ICRF coupling studies. AIP Conference Proceedings (Vol. 1580, pp. 275–278). Presented at the 20th Topical Conference on Radio Frequency Power in Plasmas.
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Stepanov I, Noterdaeme J-M, Bobkov V, Coster D, Faugel H, Bilato R, et al. Improved measurements of ICRF antenna input impedance at ASDEX upgrade during ICRF coupling studies. AIP Conference Proceedings. 2014. p. 275–8.
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Stepanov, Ivan et al. “Improved Measurements of ICRF Antenna Input Impedance at ASDEX Upgrade During ICRF Coupling Studies.” AIP Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1580. 2014. 275–278. Print.
@inproceedings{5969365,
  abstract     = {A new set of diagnostics has been implemented on ASDEX Upgrade to measure the input impedance of the ICRF antennas, in the form of a voltage and current probe pair installed on each feeding line of every antenna. Besides allowing the measurement of the reflection coefficient Gamma of each antenna port, the probes have two advantages: first, they are located close to the antenna ports (similar to 3 m) and thus the measurements are not affected by the uncertainties due to the transmission and matching network; second, they are independent of matching conditions.
 
These diagnostics have been used to study the behavior of the ASDEX Upgrade antennas while changing the plasma shape (low to high triangularity) and applying magnetic perturbations (MPs) via saddle coils. Scans in the separatrix position R-sep were also performed. Upper triangularity delta(o) was increased from 0.1 to 0.3 (with the lower triangularity delta(o) kept roughly constant at 0.45) and significant decreases in vertical bar Gamma vertical bar (up to similar to 30%, markedly improving antenna coupling) and moderate changes in phase (up to similar to 5 degrees) off on each feeding line were observed approximately at delta(o) >= 0.29. During MPs (in similar to 0.5 s pulses with a coil current of 1 kA), a smaller response was observed: 6% - 7% in vertical bar Gamma vertical bar, with changes in phase of 5 apparently due to R p scans only. As 1 is usually in the range 0.8 - 0.9, this still leads to a significant increase in possible coupled power. Numerical simulations of the antenna behavior were carried out using the FELICE code; the simulation results are in qualitative agreement with experimental measurements. The results presented here complement the studies on the influence of gas injection and MPs on the ICRF antenna performance presented in [4].},
  author       = {Stepanov, Ivan and Noterdaeme, Jean-Marie and Bobkov, V and Coster, D and Faugel, H and Bilato, R and Brambilla, M and Suttrop, W and Kallenbach, A and Schweinzer, J},
  booktitle    = {AIP Conference Proceedings},
  isbn         = {9780735412101},
  issn         = {0094-243X},
  keywords     = {ICRF,coupling,TOPICA,antenna impedance},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Sorrento, Italy},
  pages        = {275--278},
  title        = {Improved measurements of ICRF antenna input impedance at ASDEX upgrade during ICRF coupling studies},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4864541},
  volume       = {1580},
  year         = {2014},
}

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