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Tore Supra's main objectives are orientated towards both technology and physics issues in hot, dense, quasi-steady plasmas. In particular, it is intended:- a) to build and to operate a superconducting magnet large enough to be relevant to a tokamak reactor; b) to integrate a large cryogenic system into the real environment of a tokamak; c) to inject and to remove, at quasi-steady state, the tens of megawatts needed to heat the plasma; d) to control the plasma density and plasma wall interaction by active methods, i.e. pellet injectors, pump limiters and ergodic divertors; e) to drive the plasma current by propagating waves, starting with lower hybrid waves. First plasma experiments in the large superconducting tokamak Tore Supra (R = 2.37 m; a = 0.8m) are presented. During the first months of operation (April to July 1988) helium plasmas with n(e) = 2.5 x 1.0 E19/m3, I(p) = 700kA and B(T) = 2T were routinely obtained, the first wall being baked and carbonised.

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Authors: EQUIPE TORE SUPRA, CEA, Département de Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 12th International Conference on Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion Research, Nice (FR), Oct. 12-19, 1988
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 34080 ORA
Record Number: 199010022 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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