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The effect of edge localized modes (ELM) on energy confinement in Joint European Torus (JET) has been analysed. ELMs are characterized using D(alpha) emission which is decomposed into two components, a baseline level with superimposed pulses due to the ELMs. The analysis of the experimental data shows that the D(alpha) baseline, which reflects the neutral pressure at the plasma edge, is an important parameter in determining the energy confinement deterioration. The origin of the D(alpha) baseline is either from the neutralization of plasma particles which are expelled by the ELM pulses, or from external gas puffing. An ELM severity parameter, taking into account both the D(alpha) baseline and the ELM pulses, is defined. The energy confinement time normalized to the energy confinement time of ELM free phase, tau (E)/tau (h) decreases linearly as the ELM severity increases. The results are independent of divertor configurations.

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Authors: ZHANG W, JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxon (GB);TUBBING B J D, JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxon (GB);WARD D J, JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxon (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: JET-P (97) 25 EN (1997) 14pp.
Availability: Available from the Publications Officer, JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3EA (GB)
Record Number: 199711331 / Last updated on: 1997-10-16
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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