Research report 2018 - Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics
Optimised radio-wave heating for fusion plasmas
Noterdaeme, Jean-Marie; Bobkov, Volodymyr
SummaryA proven method of heating plasmas in fusion devices to many millions of degrees is to beam in radio waves of ion cyclotron frequency. This heating method, however, has involved disadvantages in plasma vessels with metal walls, as envisaged for a future power plant. The antenna beaming the waves into the plasma has now been successfully optimised to make radio-wave heating compatible with metallic walls.