Measurement of the Damping Rate of High-n Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes in JET
A new set of compact in-vessel antennas has been built and installed in JET to provide for the first time the direct measurement of the damping rate (/) of stable Alfvén Eigenmodes (AEs) with toroidal mode number (n) in the range n=3-15. This paper reports the first quantitative analysis of the measurements of the damping rate for these modes as function of the edge plasma elongation (95). We find that the scaling of / vs. 95 for medium-n Toroidal AEs, with n=3-7, follows the same trend previously measured and explained theoretically for the n=1 and n=2 modes. This confirms the possibility of using the edge shape parameters as a real-time actuator for control of the stability of alpha-particles driven AEs in burning plasma experiments, such as ITER.