Electron heat transport properties have been investigated by means of localized steady-state and modulated electron cyclotron heating in the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak. The experimental findings have been successfully compared with the model assumption of a threshold gradient length, LTC, (1/L T = ΔTe0/Te0), in the electron temperature Te0 below which the electron thermal conductivity measured under steady-state conditions, χePB. shows a sudden increase and the heat conduction 'seen' by a temperature perturbation, χeHP, switches from low to high values. In this work electron cyclotron heating (ECH) power is used both to modify the steady-state gradient length and to induce a nonlinear transition from low to high electron heat transport at the position where the temperature gradient crosses its critical (or threshold) value. Steady-state ECH has been injected at different radial positions and the changes induced in electron heat transport have been studied by means of cold pulses launched from the plasma boundary. Cold pulses, obtained by injecting radiating impurities by means of laser blow off of silicon, have proved to be a flexible tool for investigating both the radial position of the step in χeHP and the dependence on local plasma parameters of the underlying physical mechanism.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
Jacchia, A., De Luca, F., Ryter, F., Bruschi, A., Leuterer, F., Neu, R., ... Wagner, D. (2005). Nonlinear pertubative electron heat transport study in the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak. Nuclear Fusion, 45(1), 40 - 47. https://doi.org/10.1088/0029-5515/45/1/005