Tritium fast ion distribution in JET current hole plasmas

N.C. Hawkes, V.A. Yavorskij, J.M. Adams, Yu.F. Baranov, L. Bertalot, C.D. Challis, S. Conroy, V. Goloborod'ko, V. Kiptily, S. Popovichev, K. Schoepf, S.E. Sharapov, D. Stork, E. Surrey

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Current hole plasmas in JET are those in which the current density within r/a < 0.3 is close to zero. Tritium ions injected quasi-tangentially into such plasmas can fulfil a stagnation condition whereby their vertical drift is cancelled by the poloidal component of their parallel velocity. These ions remain trapped at approximately 0.2 m from the plasma axis and can be detected by a distortion in the neutron emission profile. Numerical modelling of the steady-state distribution reproduces the experimental results while the decay of neutron emission after the cessation of injection is found to be sensitive to small changes in the q-profile. © 2005 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1475 - 1493
Number of pages19
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Hawkes, N. C., Yavorskij, V. A., Adams, J. M., Baranov, Y. F., Bertalot, L., Challis, C. D., ... Surrey, E. (2005). Tritium fast ion distribution in JET current hole plasmas. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 47(9), 1475 - 1493.