Electron thermal transport in RTP: Filaments, barriers and bifurcations

N.J. Lopes Cardozo, G.M.D. Hogeweij, M. De Baar, C.J. Barth, M.N.A. Beurskens, F. De Luca, A.J.H. Donné, P. Galli, J.F.M. Van Gelder, G. Gorini, B. De Groot, A. Jacchia, F.A. Karelse, J. De Kloe, O.G. Kruijt, J. Lok, P. Mantica, H.J. Van Der Meiden, A.A.M. Oomens, Th. OyevaarF.J. Pijper, R.W. Polman, F. Salzedas, F.C. Schüller, E. Westerhof

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Experiments with strong localized electron cyclotron heating (ECH) in the RTP tokamak show that electron heat transport is governed by alternating layers of good and bad thermal conduction. For central deposition hot Tefilaments are observed inside the q = 1 radius. Moving the ECH resonance from the centre to the edge of the plasma results in discrete steps of the central electron temperature. The transitions occur when the minimum q value crosses q = 1, 2, 5/2 or 3, and correspond to the loss of a transport barrier situated close to the rational q value. Close to the transitions a new type of sawtooth activity is observed, characterized by the formation of sharp off-axis maxima on the Teprofile, which collapse abruptly. The formation of the off-axis maxima is attributed to heat deposition precisely 'on top of a transport barrier. © 1997 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
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JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number12B
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Lopes Cardozo, N. J., Hogeweij, G. M. D., De Baar, M., Barth, C. J., Beurskens, M. N. A., De Luca, F., ... Westerhof, E. (1997). Electron thermal transport in RTP: Filaments, barriers and bifurcations. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 39(12B), -.