Core transport properties in JT-60U and JET identity plasmas

TitleCore transport properties in JT-60U and JET identity plasmas
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsX. Litaudon, Y. Sakamoto, P.C de Vries, A. Salmi, T. Tala, C. Angioni, S. Benkadda, M.NA Beurskens, C. Bourdelle, M. Brix, K. Crombe, T. Fujita, S. Futatani, X. Garbet, C. Giroud, N.C Hawkes, N. Hayashi, G.T Hoang, G.MD Hogeweij, G. Matsunaga, T. Nakano, N. Oyama, V. Parail, K. Shinohara, T. Suzuki, M. Takechi, H. Takenaga, T. Takizuka, H. Urano, I. Voitsekhovitch, M. Yoshida
JournalNuclear Fusion
Volume51
Issue7
Number7
Pagination073020
Date PublishedJul
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0029-5515
KeywordsBARRIERS, DENSITY PEAKING, NEOCLASSICAL TRANSPORT, TCV, TOKAMAK PLASMAS
Abstract

The paper compares the transport properties of a set of dimensionless identity experiments performed between JET and JT-60U in the advanced tokamak regime with internal transport barrier, ITB. These International Tokamak Physics Activity, ITPA, joint experiments were carried out with the same plasma shape, toroidal magnetic field ripple and dimensionless profiles as close as possible during the ITB triggering phase in terms of safety factor, normalized Larmor radius, normalized collision frequency, thermal beta, ratio of ion to electron temperatures. Similarities in the ITB triggering mechanisms and sustainment were observed when a good match was achieved of the most relevant normalized profiles except the toroidal Mach number. Similar thermal ion transport levels in the two devices have been measured in either monotonic or non-monotonic q-profiles. In contrast, differences between JET and JT-60U were observed on the electron thermal and particle confinement in reversed magnetic shear configurations. It was found that the larger shear reversal in the very centre (inside normalized radius of 0.2) of JT-60U plasmas allowed the sustainment of stronger electron density ITBs compared with JET. As a consequence of peaked density profile, the core bootstrap current density is more than five times higher in JT-60U compared with JET. Thanks to the bootstrap effect and the slightly broader neutral beam deposition, reversed magnetic shear configurations are self-sustained in JT-60U scenarios. Analyses of similarities and differences between the two devices address key questions on the validity of the usual assumptions made in ITER steady scenario modelling, e. g. a flat density profile in the core with thermal transport barrier? Such assumptions have consequences on the prediction of fusion performance, bootstrap current and on the sustainment of the scenario.

DOI10.1088/0029-5515/51/7/073020
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Alternate TitleNucl. Fusion

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