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The disagreement between the weak dependence of the energy confinement time on normalized pressure, beta, observed in dedicated scans and the strongly negative dependence in the confinement scaling laws used for the design of next step tokamaks and future reactors, remains an outstanding problem. As such, scans of beta have been undertaken in single null, low triangularity (delta ~ 0.2) ELMy H-mode plasmas in JET with the MarkIIGB-SRP divertor. The scans varied beta by a factor of 2.8 (normalized beta from 0.72 to 2.04) and covered a range of magnetic fields (1.5�2.3 T), plasma currents (1.5�2.75 MA) and safety factors (q95 = 2.8 and 3.3). A weak beta dependence was observed both globally (B(0 tau E) varied less than 9% across any one scan) and locally. A scan within Type I ELMy H-modes suggests that this weaker dependence is not due to ELM regimes. A statistical analysis indicates that these results are consistent with log�linear regressions performed on a wide JET database of ELMy H-modes, if correlations in this database are considered.

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Authors: MCDONALD D C et at, EURATOM-UKAEA Fusion Association, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 46 (2004) A215�A225
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