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2013

13MW of electron cyclotron current drive (ECCD) power deposited inside the q = 1 surface is likely to reduce the sawtooth period in ITER baseline scenario below the level empirically predicted to trigger neo-classical tearing modes (NTMs). However, since the ECCD control scheme is solely predicated upon changing the local magnetic shear, it is prud…

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2012

Lower hybrid current drive (LHCD) with modest powers ( 10% of the total power input) has been used for the first time to completely stabilize performance limiting neoclassical tearing modes in many COMPASS-D tokamak discharges. The stabilizing effect in these experiments is consistent with a reduction in the free energy available in the current pro…

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2012

Sawtooth control using electron cyclotron current drive (ECCD) has been demonstrated in ITER-like plasmas with a large fast ion fraction, wide q = 1 radius and long uncontrolled sawtooth period in DIII-D. The sawtooth period is minimized when the ECCD resonance is just inside the q = 1 surface. Sawtooth destabilization using driven current inside q…

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2012

Significant progress has been made in interpreting the effects of non-axisymmetric “error” fields on a plasma through ideal MHD stability and a dominant “least stable” ideal mode through which the fields couple to the tearing resonant surface. However, in contrast to expectations from such theories, experiments have found limited success in…

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2009

It is found that flow shear has a stabilizing effect on m / n =3/2 neoclassical tearing mode islands through a more negative classical tearing stability index in the DIII-D J. L. Luxon, Nucl. Fusion 42 , 614 2002 tokamak. The heating neutral beams are mixed between co- and counter-directions to vary the torque on the plasma and thus the plasma flow…

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2009

Several improvements to the MAST plant and diagnostics have facilitated new studies advancing the physics basis for ITER and DEMO, as well as for future spherical tokamaks. Using the increased heating capabilities PNBI ≤ 3.8 MWH-mode at Ip = 1.2 MA was accessed showing that the energy confinement on MAST scales more weakly with Ip and more strong…

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2008

Utilizing a capability to vary neutral beam torque injection in the DIII-D [J. L. Luxon, Nucl. Fusion 42 , 614 (2002)] tokamak, m / n =2/1 neoclassical tearing mode onset thresholds are found to fall by about one unit in βN , from 3 to 2, in ITER-like sawtoothing high-energy confinement modes of plasma operation [R. Aymar, Plasma Phys. Control. Fu…

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2007

JET has made a strong contribution to the understanding of stability issues for the tokamak. An overview of its main achievements is presented, with emphasis on the latest progress in resolving the key issues for ITER. In particular, we conclude that control or avoidance strategies for neoclassical tearing modes (NTMs) will be necessary for good pe…

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2006

During a recent reversed toroidal field (B T) campaign at the Joint European Torus (JET), experiments were performed to investigate the effect on sawteeth of neutral beam injection (NBI)-driven toroidal plasma rotation counter to the direction of the toroidal plasma current and B T . A power scan at constant density has permitted analytical continu…

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2002

Results from MAST provide a first test of neoclassical tearing mode physics in the spherical tokamak (ST). The mode accounts for the main performance limit in conventional tokamaks. Its behavior in the ST is remarkably well described by existing theoretical models, although it is more readily seeded by sawtooth events in these scenarios. Modeling c…

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