Profile stiffness and global confinement

X. Garbet, P. Mantica, F. Ryter, G. Cordey, F. Imbeaux, C. Sozzi, A. Manini, E. Asp, V. Parail, R. Wolf

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This paper analyses the properties of a critical gradient transport model based on a few assumptions: electrostatic gyroBohm scaling law, existence of an instability threshold and finite background transport below the threshold. A quantitative criterion of stiffness is proposed, which provides the means for a quantitative assessment and inter-machine comparison. It is also shown that this transport model is compatible with a two-term scaling law of global confinement, as proposed recently by the International Tokamak Physics Activity-ConfinementDataBase and Modelling Topical Group. This model has also been applied to analyse a variety of experiments mostly using electron heat modulation on JET, ASDEX-Upgrade, TORE SUPRA and FTU. The thresholds are found to be in the expected domain for micro-instabilities in tokamaks. However, the stiffness factor is found to cover a broad range of variation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1351 - 1373
Number of pages23
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Garbet, X., Mantica, P., Ryter, F., Cordey, G., Imbeaux, F., Sozzi, C., Manini, A., Asp, E., Parail, V., & Wolf, R. (2004). Profile stiffness and global confinement. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 46(9), 1351 - 1373.