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Reversed-shear Alfvén eigenmodes were observed for the first time in a helical plasma having negative q₀'' (the curvature of the safety factor q at the zero shear layer). The frequency is swept downward and upward sequentially via the time variation in the maximum of q. The eigenmodes calculated by ideal MHD theory are consistent with the experimental data.(More)
The driving and damping mechanism of plasma flow is an important issue because flow shear has a significant impact on turbulence in a plasma, which determines the transport in the magnetized plasma. Here we report clear evidence of the flow damping due to stochastization of the magnetic field. Abrupt damping of the toroidal flow associated with a transition(More)
Giant negative ion sources, producing high-current of several tens amps with high energy of several hundreds keV to 1 MeV, are required for a neutral beam injector (NBI) in a fusion device. The giant negative ion sources are cesium-seeded plasma sources, in which the negative ions are produced on the cesium-covered surface. Their characteristic features are(More)
Associated with the transition from ion root to electron root, an electron internal transport barrier (ITB) appears in the large helical device, when the heating power of electron cyclotron resonance heating exceeds the threshold power. The incremental thermal diffusivity of electron heat transport chi(inc)(e) in the ITB plasma is much lower than that in(More)
An experimental technique to investigate fast ion confinement based on charge exchange spectroscopy of H(alpha)-light was applied to evaluate the confinement property of perpendicular fast ions in large helical device (LHD). Sensitivities of the H(alpha) spectra to the pitch angles of injected neutral beams (NBs) and these to the angle between the sight(More)
The beam profiles, port-through, rates and injection powers obtained with an improved accelerator with the multislot grounded grid are described. The accelerator has a combination of a steering grid with racetrack shaped aperture and multislot grounded grid to improve the beam optics. The optimal beam optics is obtained at the voltage ratio of 16.5-16.8,(More)
To improve the performance of negative-ion based neutral beam injection on the Large Helical Device, the accelerator was modified on the basis of numerical investigations. A field limiting ring was installed on the upper side of a grounded grid (GG) support and a multi-slot GG was adopted instead of a multi-aperture GG. As a result, the voltage holding(More)
A spectrally selective imaging system has been developed to obtain a distribution of Hα emissions at the extraction region in a hydrogen negative ion source. The diagnostic system consisted of an aspherical lens, optical filters, a fiber image conduit, and a charge coupled device detector was installed on the 1/3-scaled hydrogen negative ion source in the(More)
Deuterium experiment on the Large Helical Device (LHD) is now being planned at the National Institute for Fusion Science. The fusion product diagnostics systems currently considered for installation on LHD are described in this paper. The systems will include a time-resolved neutron yield monitor based on neutron gas counters, a time-integrated neutron(More)
A spectrally selective imaging system has been installed in the RF negative ion source in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor-relevant negative ion beam test facility ELISE (Extraction from a Large Ion Source Experiment) to investigate distribution of hydrogen Balmer-α emission (Hα) close to the production surface of hydrogen negative ion.(More)