R. Sakamoto, M. Kobayashi, J. Miyazawa, S. Ohdachi, T. Morisaki, S. Masuzaki, I. Yamada, M. Goto, K. Ida, S. Morita, S. Sakakibara, K. Tanaka, K.Y. Watanabe, Y. Suzuki, H. Funaba, N. Ashikawa, Y. Nagayama, Y. Narushima, B.J. Peterson, M. Shoji, C. Suzuki, M. Tokitani, S. Yoshimura, N. Ohyabu, H. Yamada, A. Komori, O. Motojima and LHD experimental group


High Density High Performance Plasma with Internal Diffusion Barrier in Large Helical Device

Date of publication:

Oct. 2008

Key words:

21 IAEA Fusion Energy Conference, EX/8-1Ra


A attractive high density plasma operational regime, namely an internal diffusion barrier (IDB), has been discovered in the intrinsic helical divertor configuration on the Large Helical Device (LHD). The IDB which enables core plasma to access a high density/high pressure regime has been developed. It is revealed that the IDB is reproducibly formed by pellet fueling in the magnetic configurations shifted outward in major radius. Attainable central plasma density exceeds 1 x 1021m^-3. Central pressure reaches 1.5 times atmospheric pressure and the central value becomes fairly high even at high magnetic field, i.e. (0) = 5.5% at Bt = 2.57 T.

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