First-principles-based multiple-isotope particle transport modelling at JET

M. Marin (Corresponding author), J. Citrin, C. Bourdelle, Y. Camenen, F. J. Casson, A. Ho, F. Koechl, M. Maslov

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Core turbulent particle transport with multiple isotopes can display observable differences in behaviour between the electron and ion particle channels. Experimental observations at JET with mixed H-D plasmas and varying NBI and gas-puff sources (Maslov et al 2018 Nucl. Fusion 7 076022) inferred source dominated electron peaking, but transport dominated isotope peaking. In this work, we apply the QuaLiKiz quasilinear gyrokinetic transport model within JINTRAC flux-driven integrated modelling, for core transport validation in this multiple-isotope regime. The experiments are successfully reproduced, predicting self consistently j , n e, n Be, T e, T i, and the isotope composition. As seen in the experiments, both H and D profiles are predicted to be peaked regardless of the core isotope source. An extensive sensitivity study confirmed that this result does not depend on the specific choices made for the boundary conditions and physics settings. While kinetic profiles and electron density peaking did vary depending on the simulation parameters, the isotope ratio remained nearly invariant, and tied to the electron density profile. These findings have positive ramifications for multiple-isotope fuelling, burn control, and helium ash removal.

Original languageEnglish
Article number046007
Number of pages11
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


  • Integrated modelling
  • Microinstability
  • Multiple-isotope
  • Tokamak
  • Transport


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