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Using resonant magnetic perturbations with toroidal mode number n = 3, we have produced H-mode discharges without edge localized modes (ELMs) which run with constant density and radiated power for periods up to about 2550 ms (17 energy confinement times). These ELM suppression results are achieved at pedestal collisionalities close to those desired for next step burning plasma experiments such as ITER and provide a means of eliminating the rapid erosion of divertor components in such machines which could be caused by giant ELMs. The ELM suppression is due to an enhancement in the edge particle transport which reduces pedestal current density and maximum edge pressure gradient below the threshold for peeling-ballooning modes. These n = 3 magnetic perturbations provide a means of active control of edge plasma transport.

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Authors: BURRELL K H et al, General Atomics, San Diego (US)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 47 (2005), pp. B37-B52
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Record Number: 200719102 / Last updated on: 2007-04-11
Original language: en
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