Peaked density profiles in neon and lithium doped discharges on FTU

C. Mazzotta, M.L. Apicella, A. Botrugno, L. Gabellieri, M. Marinucci, G. Mazzitelli, G. Pucella, C. Sozzi, O. Tudisco

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Peaked density profiles are observed in FTU discharges when the recycling condition of the chamber is influenced by the action of the liquid lithium limiter (LLL) [1]. Turbulence analysis of lithium doped FTU plasmas [2,3] has shown that the presence of the light impurity modifies the phase between fluctuating fields responsible for transport and consequently leads to an inward deuterium pinch and outward impurity flux. Analogous peaked discharges were produced by Ne-gas puffing in different L mode plasma scenarios that have been recently obtained on FTU with following plasma parameters: I = 360 kA, B = 5-6.5 T, ne0= 0.2-1 × 1020m-3, Te0= 1-4 keV, as well as in similar experiments on other machines [4]. In fact the Ne seeded plasmas show an increase of the peaking factor around 30% [5]. UV spectroscopy measurements confirm that the electron-density peaking arises from a convective flow and cannot be attributed to the contribution of the injected Ne alone. The Ne doped discharges analysis together with lithium conditioned ones is useful to extend the interpretative framework of the particle transport. In this work a comparison of the diffusion coefficient and of the pinch velocity of the two cases is conducted. By using a two-colors scanning interferometer providing very high spatial and time resolution, it is indeed possible to estimate the D and U coefficients of a simple model for the particle flux [6].
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2853 - 2856
Number of pages4
JournalFusion Engineering and Design
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Mazzotta, C., Apicella, M. L., Botrugno, A., Gabellieri, L., Marinucci, M., Mazzitelli, G., ... Tudisco, O. (2014). Peaked density profiles in neon and lithium doped discharges on FTU. Fusion Engineering and Design, 89(12), 2853 - 2856.