Observation of zero current density in the core of JET discharges with lower hybrid heating and current drive

N.C. Hawkes, B.C. Stratton, T. Tala, C.D. Challis, G. Conway, R. DeAngelis, C. Giroud, J. Hobirk, E. Joffrin, P. Lomas, P. Lotte, J. Mailloux, D. Mazon, E. Rachlew, S. Reyes-Cortes, E. Solano

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Abstract

Simultaneous current ramping and application of lower hybrid heating and current drive (LHCD) have produced a region with zero current density within measurement errors in the core (r/a ≤ 0.2) of JET tokamak optimized shear discharges. The reduction of core current density is consistent with a simple physical explanation and numerical simulations of radial current diffusion including the effects of LHCD. However, the core current density is clamped at zero, indicating the existence of a physical mechanism which prevents it from becoming negative. © 2001 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115001 - 115001-4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume87
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Hawkes, N. C., Stratton, B. C., Tala, T., Challis, C. D., Conway, G., DeAngelis, R., ... Solano, E. (2001). Observation of zero current density in the core of JET discharges with lower hybrid heating and current drive. Physical Review Letters, 87(11), 115001 - 115001-4. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.87.115001