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A Numerical Study of Forward- and Backscattering Signatures on Doppler-Reflectometry Signals

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4 Author(s)
da Silva, F. ; Inst. de Plasmas e Fusao Nucl.-Lab. Associado, Associacao EURATOM/IST, Lisbon, Portugal ; Heuraux, S. ; Gusakov, E.Z. ; Popov, A.

In Doppler reflectometry, two scattering processes may be involved, Bragg backscattering and forward scattering. In this paper, a numerical study of both processes is undertaken using a finite-difference time-domain full-wave code with plasma parameters compatible with Tore Supra or Asdex Upgrade Doppler reflectometers. The spectra modeling the plasma turbulence were chosen to isolate forward- and backscattering events, allowing the segregation of the two different signatures and bring forth the different mechanisms intervening in each of the cases. Some numerical precautions needed for this type of simulations are presented. The results obtained are compared with the theoretical models.

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Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 9 )