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The effect of the ergodic divertor on the plasma edge in Tore Supra is to enhance the perpendicular transport through ergodization of the magnetic field lines. Nevertheless, the hot spots observed on the divertor plates during ergodic divertor operation indicate that the cross-field transport driven by the fluctuations is still playing an important role, although measurements by CO2 laser scattering and reflectometry show a decrease if the turbulence level. In order to gain more understanding, fluctuation level and poloidal velocity have been measured with a reciprocating Langmuir probe biased to collect the ion saturation current (j(sat)) and with a CO2 laser scattering diagnostic. Though the relative fluctuation level behaves as previously observed at low density, a new interesting result is that this picture is gradually modified when the density is increased. Both diagnostics observe an increase of delta-n/n with density in the ergodic region, which is not the usual behaviour observed in limiter configuration. This increase is detected on both sides of the E(r) inversion radius and is therefore also affecting the plasma bulk. Finally, the confinement time is found to follow an L-mode law at all densities indicating that the ergodic divertor does not change the global confinement properties of the plasma.

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Authors: DEVYNCK P ET AL, CEA, Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR);BOUCHER C, INRS-Energie et materiaux, Varennes, Quebec (CA);HONORE C ET AL, Ecole Polytechnique, Laboratoire PMI, Palaiseau (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Journal of Nuclear Materials, Vol.290-293 (2001), pp.584-587
Record Number: 200113827 / Last updated on: 2001-10-04
Original language: en
Available languages: en