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Upgrade of the Tore Supra ergodic divertor (ED) has led to significant progress in ED physics. Pulse durations of 30 s with LHCD have been achieved demonstrating the heat exhaust capability of both the actively cooled technology at hand and of this specific divertor concept. The disruptive limit governed by the stochastization of the outer magnetic surfaces is found to occur for a value of the Chirikov parameter reaching two on the magnetic surface q = 2+(3/12). The three-dimensional response of the temperature field is computed with a fluid code. The code can recover the intrinsic transport barrier at the separatrix, reported experimentally, together with small amplitude temperature modulations in the divertor volume. Experimental evidence for the three density regimes (linear, high recycling and detachment) is reported. The low critical density values for transitions between these regimes indicate that similar parallel physics governs the axisymmetric and ED, despite the open configuration of the latter. Measurement and understanding of these density regimes provide a means for feedback control of plasma density and an improvement in ion cyclotron radiofrequency heating coupling scenarios. Experimental data also indicated that particle control with the vented target plates is effective. Increase of both impurity control and radiation efficiency are reviewed. Global power balance has been analysed in order to account for non-axisymmetric radiation. These results, taken together, confirm the large radiation capability of the ED.

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Authors: GHENDRIH P ET AL, Departement de Recherches sur la Fusion Contrôlée, Association EURATOM - CEA, CEA Cadarache, Saint-Paul-Lez-Durance (FR);BEYER P, Equipe Dynamique des Systèmes Complexes, LPIIM, CNRS, Université de Provence, Marseille (FR);HOGAN J, Fusion Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge (US)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Nuclear Fusion 42 (October 2002) pp.1221-1250
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Record Number: 200315730 / Last updated on: 2003-01-10
Original language: en
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