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RF-sheath excitation at the extremities of scrape-off layer plasma filaments, mediated by resonant high harmonic fast wave scattering

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Resonant filament-assisted mode conversion (FAMC) scattering of high harmonic fast waves (HHFW) by cylindrical field-aligned density inhomogeneities can efficiently redirect a fraction of the launched HHFW power flux into the parallel direction. Within a simplified analytic approach, this contribution compares the parallel propagation, reflection and dissipation of nearly resonant FAMC modes for three magnetic field line geometries in the scrape-off layer, in the presence of radio-frequency (RF) sheaths at field line extremities and phenomenological wave damping in the plasma volume. When a FAMC mode, excited at the HHFW antenna parallel location and guided along the open magnetic field lines, impinges onto a boundary at normal incidence, we show that it can excite sheath RF oscillations, even toroidally far away from the HHFW launcher. The RF sheaths then dissipate part of the power flux carried by the incident mode, while another part reflects into the FAMC mode with the opposite wave vector parallel to the magnetic field. The reflected FAMC mode in turn propagates and can possibly interact with the sheath at the opposite field line boundary. The two counter-propagating modes then form in the bounded magnetic flux tube a lossy cavity excited by the HHFW scattering. We investigate how the presence of field line boundaries affects the total HHFW power redirected into the filament, and its splitting between sheath and volume losses, as a function of relevant parameters in the model.
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cea-03908074 , version 1 (20-12-2022)

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Laurent Colas, W. Tierens, J. R. Myra, R. Bilato. RF-sheath excitation at the extremities of scrape-off layer plasma filaments, mediated by resonant high harmonic fast wave scattering. Journal of Plasma Physics, 2022, 88, pp.905880614. ⟨10.1017/S0022377822001155⟩. ⟨cea-03908074⟩
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