K. Ida, Y. Sakamoto, M. Yoshinuma, H. Takenaga, K. Nagaoka, N. Oyama, M. Osakabe, M. Yokoyama, H. Funaba, N. Tamura, K. Tanaka, Y. Takeiri, K. Ikeda, K. Tsumori, Y. Oka, O. Kaneko, K.Itoh, S.Inagaki, T.Kobuchi, A. Isayama, T. Suzuki, T. Fujita, G. Matsunaga, K.Shinohara, Y. Koide, M. Yoshida, S. Ide, Y. Kamada, LHD experimental group and the JT-60 team


Dynamics of ion internal transport barrier in LHD heliotron and JT-60U tokamak plasmas

Date of publication:

Oct. 2008

Key words:

21 IAEA Fusion Energy Conference, EX/8-2Rb


Dynamics of ion internal transport barrier (ITB) formation and impurity transport both in the Large Helical Device (LHD) heliotron and JT-60U tokamak are described. Significant differences between heliotron and tokamak plasmas are observed. The location of the ITB moves outward during the ITB formation regardless of the sign of magnetic shear in JT-60U and the ITB becomes more localized in the plasma with negative magnetic shear. In LHD, the low T_e/T_i ratio ( < 1) of the target plasma for the high power heating is found to be necessary condition to achieve the ITB plasma and the ITB location tends to expand outward or inward depending on the condition of the target plasmas. Associated with the formation of ITB, the carbon density tends to be peaked due to inward convection in JT-60U, while the carbon density becomes hollow due to outward convection in LHD. The outward convection observed in LHD contradicts the prediction by neoclassical theory.

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