MHD stability analysis of small ELM regimes in JET

S. Saarelma, A. Alfier, M.N.A. Beurskens, R. Coelho, H.R. Koslowski, Y. Liang, I. Nunes

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We have analysed the edge stability of JET discharges with small edge localized modes (ELMs) using the high resolution Thomson scattering system for accurate edge profiles in the equilibrium reconstruction. For the reference plasmas with large Type I ELMs we confirm the results from earlier analyses that the edge stability is limited by intermediate-n peeling-ballooning modes with a relatively large radial extent. The double null configuration needed to replace Type I ELMs by smaller Type II ELMs considerably increases the stability against these modes while the stability against n = ∞ ballooning modes is not affected. When this is combined with high collisionality (which is the other requirement for Type II ELMs), we find that the plasma cannot reach the Type I ELM triggering peeling-ballooning mode stability boundary before it is destabilized by high-n ballooning modes resulting in more benign ELMs. The ELM mitigation by magnetic perturbation causes the edge stability to be limited by pure peeling modes with a narrow radial extent. This explains the smaller ELM size and also why the ELMs are not fully suppressed. The transition from Type I ELMs to Type III ELMs by increasing the edge radiation fully stabilizes the edge plasma against ideal MHD modes. Therefore, the Type III ELMs are due to be triggered by some other mechanism than an ideal MHD instability. © 2009 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Article number035001
Pages (from-to)-
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Saarelma, S., Alfier, A., Beurskens, M. N. A., Coelho, R., Koslowski, H. R., Liang, Y., & Nunes, I. (2009). MHD stability analysis of small ELM regimes in JET. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 51(3), -. [035001].