Current profile, MHD activity and transport properties of optimized shear plasmas in JET

Y.F. Baranov, B. Alper, G.A. Cottrell, D.V. Bartlett, C.D. Challis, G.D. Conway, N. Deliyanakis, C. Gormezano, G.T.A. Huysmans, X. Litaudon, V.V. Parail, A.C.C. Sips, P. Smeulders, F.X. Söldner, B.J.D. Tubbing, M.G. von Hellermann, D.J. Ward

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High fusion performance has been achieved in optimized shear discharges in JET with the early appearance of internal transport barriers (ITBs) in the high power phase in both DD and DT plasmas. An ITB has been produced in a large variety of conditions, including LHCD only, ICRH only, NBI only and NBI + ICRH with LHCD preheat. An ITB may coexist with the edge barrier. The high pressure gradient produced by ICRH combined with high power NBI heating starting in a low density plasma with q(0) approx 1.5-2 is the main prerequisite for an efficient ITB in high performance discharges. Strong coupling between q profiles, MHD activity, energy confinement and fusion yield has been observed. The transition from L to H mode can be triggered by MHD events. The transition is accompanied by significant momentary changes in the density fluctuation spectrum in the peripheral plasma. The ITB may persist for some time in both ELM-free and ELMy H mode.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1463-1480
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1999
Externally publishedYes


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