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An overview of recent results from the TCV tokamak

Funded under: FP5-EAECTP C


The TCV tokamak (R=0.88m, a<0.24m, B<1.54T) program is based on flexible plasma shaping and heating for studies of confinement, transport, control and power exhaust. Recent advances in fully sustained off-axis electron cyclotron (EC) current drive (CD) scenarios have allowed the creation of plasmas with high bootstrap fraction, steady-state reversed central shear and an electron internal transport barrier. High elongation plasmas, k=2.5, are produced at low normalised current using far off-axis EC heating (ECH) and ECCD to broaden the current profile. Third harmonic heating is used to heat the plasma centre where the second harmonic is in cut-off. Both second and third harmonic heating are used to heat H-mode plasmas, at the edge and centre, respectively. The ELM frequency is decreased by the additional power but in separate experiments can be controlled by locking to an external perturbation current in the internal coils of TCV. Spatially resolved current profiles are measured at the inner and outer divertor targets by Langmuir probe arrays during ELMs. The strong, reasonably balanced currents are thought to be thermoelectric in origin.

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Authors: GOODMAN T P ET AL, Centre de Recherches en Physique des Plasmas, Association EURATOM-Confédération Suisse, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (CH);ANGIONI C, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching (DE);MANINI A, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching (DE);FURNO I, Los Alamos National Laboratory (US);PEYSSON Y, DRFC-CEA Cadarache (FR);RAJU D, Institut for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gujarat (IN);REIMERDES H, General Atomics, San Diego (US);SUSHKOV A, RRC Kurchatov, Moscow (RU)
Bibliographic Reference: A paper presented at: 19th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference. Organised by: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Held at: Lyon, France, October 14-19 2002.
Availability: Available online at: Also published in EPFL Internal Report LRP 738/02, available free of charge from: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Ecublens, CH-1015 Lausanne. Fax: +41-21-6934747.
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