An 8.56-GHz quasi-optical launcher system with incident-mode selectivity was developed for non-inductive electron cyclotron (EC) plasma ramp-up and long-pulse sustainment, and effective bulk-electron heating on the Q-shu University experiment with steady-state spherical tokamak (QUEST). A novel polarization-selective system was proposed to conduct fundamental and second harmonic EC heating and current drive experiments with ordinary and extra-ordinary mode waves, respectively. Selectivity of the incident modes or polarizations was confirmed using the whole developed system at a low power level. A large-sized mirror launcher was developed to inject the beam whose size was as small as possible near the QUEST major radius. The designed mirror performance was checked using a three-dimensional electromagnetic-wave simulator and a low-power test. Ultimately, 0.15-m sized beams for both the two polarizations were successfully attained near the QUEST major radius, even in low-frequency applications with long propagation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanical Engineering