H-mode achievement and edge features in RFX-mod tokamak operation

M. Spolaore, R. Cavazzana, L. Marrelli, L. Carraro, P. Franz, S. Spagnolo, B. Zaniol, M. Zuin, L. Cordaro, S. Dal Bello, G. De Masi, A. Ferro, C. Finotti, L. Grando, G. Grenfell, P. Innocente, O. Kudlacek, G. Marchiori, E. Martines, B. MomoR. Paccagnella, P. Piovesan, C. Piron, M.E. Puiatti, M. Recchia, P. Scarin, C. Taliercio, N. Vianello, L. Zanotto

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The RFX-mod experiment is a fusion device designed to operate as a reversed field pinch (RFP), with a major radius R = 2 m and a minor radius a = 0.459 m. Its high versatility recently allowed operating it also as an ohmic tokamak, allowing comparative studies between the two configurations in the same device. The device is equipped with a state of the art MHD mode feedback control system providing a magnetic boundary effective control, by applying resonant or non-resonant magnetic perturbations (MP), both in RFP and in tokamak configurations. In the fusion community the application of MPs is widely studied as a promising tool to limit the impact of plasma filaments and ELMs (edge localized modes) on plasma facing components. An important new research line is the exploitation of the RFX-mod active control system for ELM mitigation studies. As a first step in this direction, this paper presents the most recent achievements in term of RFX-mod tokamak explored scenarios, which allowed the first investigation of the ohmic and edge biasing induced H-mode. The production of D-shaped tokamak discharges and the design and deployment of an insertable polarized electrode were accomplished. Reproducible H-mode phases were obtained with insertable electrode negative biasing in single null discharges, representing an unexplored scenario with this technique. Important modifications of the edge plasma density and flow properties are observed. During the achieved H-mode ELM-like electromagnetic composite filamentary structures are observed. They are characterized by clear vorticity and parallel current density patterns.
Original languageEnglish
Article number116039
Pages (from-to)-
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Spolaore, M., Cavazzana, R., Marrelli, L., Carraro, L., Franz, P., Spagnolo, S., Zaniol, B., Zuin, M., Cordaro, L., Dal Bello, S., De Masi, G., Ferro, A., Finotti, C., Grando, L., Grenfell, G., Innocente, P., Kudlacek, O., Marchiori, G., Martines, E., ... Zanotto, L. (2017). H-mode achievement and edge features in RFX-mod tokamak operation. Nuclear Fusion, 57(11), -. [116039]. https://doi.org/10.1088/1741-4326/aa7f1e