Effect of q-profile modification by LHCD on internal transport barriers in JET
Optimised shear (OS) experiments in JET can generate an internal transport barrier (ITB) during a high power heating phase early in the plasma discharge. A strong link is generally observed between the formation of the barrier and the location of an integer q magnetic surface within a low magnetic shear (s = r/q(dq/dr)) region of the plasma. However, if the q-profile for such experiments is modified by applying lower hybrid heating and current drive (LHCD) before the main heating pulse, to provide a region of reduced or negative magnetic shear in the plasma core, ITBs can be formed the location of which does not exhibit any apparent association with a particular internal magnetic surface. Initial results suggest that q-profile modification using an LHCD prelude can also be used to reduce the heating power level required for ITB generation.
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, Vol.43 (2001), pp.861-879
Record Number: 200114168 / Last updated on: 2001-12-21
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