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Abstract

A coupled heat and particle transport phenomenon, leading to particle depletion from the plasma core is observed in a variety of plasma conditions with centrally deposited electron cyclotron heating (ECH) and electron cyclotron current drive (ECCD) in TCV. This phenomenon, which causes inverted saw-teeth of the central density in saw-toothing discharges and leads to stationary hollow profiles in the absence of saw-teeth, has been linked to the presence of m/n = 1/1 MHD modes. In particular, this phenomenon, known as density pump-out can be suppressed by stabilizing the mode by means of operation at high triangularity. The correlation of pump-out with the loss of axisymmetry suggests that neoclassical transport involving locally trapped particles near the helically displaced magnetic axis, previously believed to be important only in stellarators, may account for the phenomenon in tokamaks as well.

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Authors: WEISEN H, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Centre de Reserches en Physique des Plasmas, Lausanne (CH);FURNO I, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Centre de Reserches en Physique des Plasmas, Lausanne (CH);TCV TEAM, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Centre de Reserches en Physique des Plasmas, Lausanne (CH)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Nuclear Fusion, Vol.41, No.9 (2001) pp.1227-1233
Record Number: 200113984 / Last updated on: 2001-11-05
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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