Edge operational space for high density/high confinement ELMY H-modes in JET

R. Sartori, G. Saibene, M. Becoulet, P.J. Lomas, A. Loarte, D.J. Campbell, Y. Andrew, R. Budny, M.N.A. Beurskens, A. Kallenbach, V. Parail, W. Suttrop, J. Stober, K.D. Zastrow, M. Zerbini, R.D. Monk

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This paper discusses how the proximity to the L-H threshold affects the confinement of ELMy H-modes at high density. The largest reduction in confinement at high density is observed at the transition from the Type I to the Type III ELMy regime. At medium plasma triangularity, δ ≅ 0.3 (where δ is the average triangularity at the separatrix), JET experiments show that by increasing the margin above the L-H threshold power and maintaining the edge temperature above the critical temperature for the transition to Type III ELMs, it is possible to avoid the degradation of the pedestal pressure with density, normally observed at lower power. As a result, the range of achievable densities (both in the core and in the pedestal) is increased. At high power above the L-H threshold power the core density was equal to the Greenwald limit with H 97 ≅ 0.9. There is evidence that a mixed regime of Type I and Type II ELMs has been obtained at this intermediate triangularity, possibly as a result of this increase in density. At higher triangularity, δ ≅ 0.5, the power required to achieve similar results is lower.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1801 - 1813
Number of pages13
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2002
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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Sartori, R., Saibene, G., Becoulet, M., Lomas, P. J., Loarte, A., Campbell, D. J., ... Monk, R. D. (2002). Edge operational space for high density/high confinement ELMY H-modes in JET. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 44(9), 1801 - 1813. https://doi.org/10.1088/0741-3335/44/9/302