Experimental investigation of electron temperature dynamics of helical states in the RFX-Mod reversed field pinch

P. Franz, M. Gobbin, L. Marrelli, A. Ruzzon, F. Bonomo, A. Fassina, E. Martines, G. Spizzo

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The study of electron temperature profiles of quasi-single helical states (QSH) in RFX-Mod (and, in general, in other RFP machines) was carried out in the past mainly using Thomson scattering, thus being limited to a time resolution of the order of some milliseconds and to the collection of single, isolated cases, which displayed clear transport barriers. A new multichord double filter SXR spectrometer was developed and installed. Temperature profiles are now measured up to a frequency of some kHz, allowing one to determine the entire time evolution of electron temperature during a QSH cycle. A mapping technique, originally developed for Thomson temperature profiles, is adapted to deal with the line-integrated nature of the SXR diagnostic. In particular, temperature gradients related to the presence of transport barriers are reconstructed and analysed in a helical reference system, coherently with the underlying plasma equilibrium. The method is discussed in its capabilities and limits and then applied to a wide QSH database. As a result, a clear difference in temperature gradient behaviour between the rising phase of QSH and the saturated (or flattop) phase is observed. In the rising phase the expected correlation of temperature gradient with magnetic spectrum is confirmed, showing a positive trend between dominant mode amplitude and thermal structure dimension, as well as a negative correlation of secondary mode amplitudes and temperature gradient. On the other hand, in the flattop phase the presence of a thermal structure is intermittent, and much less influenced by the magnetic dynamics. This suggests the simultaneous presence of different mechanisms that enhance energy transport. © 2013 IAEA, Vienna.
Original languageEnglish
Article number053011
Pages (from-to)-
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Franz, P., Gobbin, M., Marrelli, L., Ruzzon, A., Bonomo, F., Fassina, A., ... Spizzo, G. (2013). Experimental investigation of electron temperature dynamics of helical states in the RFX-Mod reversed field pinch. Nuclear Fusion, 53(5), -. [053011]. https://doi.org/10.1088/0029-5515/53/5/053011