Investigation of the hydrogen fluxes in the plasma edge of W7-AS during H-mode discharges
In the stellarator W7-AS the H-mode is characterized by an edge transport barrier which is localized within a few centimetres inside the separatrix. The corresponding L-H transition shows well-known features such as the steepening of the temperature and density profiles in the region of the separatrix. With a so-called sniffer probe the temporal development of the hydrogen and deuterium fluxes has been studied in the plasma edge during different H-mode discharges with deuterium gas puffing. Prior to the transition a significant reduction of the deuterium and also the hydrogen fluxes can be observed. This fact confirms the assumption that the steepening of the density profiles starts at the outermost edge of the plasma. Moreover, sniffer probe measurements in the plasma edge could therefore identify a precursor for the L-H transition. The analysis of the hydrogen neutral gases shows a distinct change of the hydrogen isotope ratio during the transition. This observation is in agreement with the change in the particle fluxes onto the targets and can also be seen in the reduced H signals from the limiters. It is further demonstrated that significant improvement in the time resolution of the measured data can be obtained by de-convolution of the data with the apparatus function using Bayesian probability theory and the Maximum Entropy method with adaptive kernels.
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Elsevier; Journal of Nuclear Materials. 290-293 (2001) pp.658-662
Availability: An article published in: Elsevier; Journal of Nuclear Materials. 290-293 (2001) pp.658-662
Record Number: 200013435 / Last updated on: 2001-06-27
Original language: en
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