Electron thermal transport in a scan of the effective ion charge in the RTP tokamak

TitleElectron thermal transport in a scan of the effective ion charge in the RTP tokamak
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsJ.A Konings, G.MD Hogeweij, N.JL Cardozo, A.AM Oomens, F.C Schüller
JournalNuclear Fusion
Date PublishedFeb
ISBN Number0029-5515

A transport analysis is reported of a series of discharges in the Rijnhuizen Tokamak Project (RTP) tokamak, in which Z(eff) was varied by using mixtures of helium and neon as the filling gas. Z(eff) was scanned over the range 5.1 to 9.5. As a reference, pure deuterium plasmas with Z(eff) less than or similar to 2 were used. Only a very weak dependence of chi(e) on Z(eff) is observed, both in ohmic and in ECH discharges. The scaling of chi(e) with n(e) and Z(eff) is consistent with the scaling of the global tau(Ee), both showing an absence of scaling with Z(eff). Scaling with the collisionality shows chi(e) similar to nu(e)*(0.4) in ohmic discharges. A comparison is made with the predictions of transport models. Some models correlate with either the ohmic or the ECH data set. None of the tested models, however, predicts the observed Z(eff) dependence of chi(e) in both ohmic plasmas and during ECH, It is noted that the ohmic discharges are in the plateau regime, while the ECH discharges are largely in the banana regime.



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