Impact of Localized Gas Injection on ICRF Coupling and SOL Parameters in JET-ILW H-Mode Plasmas

Impact of Localized Gas Injection on ICRF Coupling and SOL Parameters in JET-ILW H-Mode Plasmas

Impact of Localized Gas Injection on ICRF Coupling and SOL Parameters in JET-ILW H-Mode Plasmas 150 150 Mathew

Recent JET-ILW [1,2] experiments reiterated the importance of tuning the plasma fuelling in order to optimize ion cyclotron resonance frequency (ICRF) heating in high power H-mode discharges. By fuelling the plasma from gas injection modules (GIMs) located in the midplane and on the top of the machine instead of adopting the more standardly used divertor GIMs, a considerable increase of the ICRF antenna coupling resistances was achieved with moderate gas injection rates (<1.5x1022e/s). This effect is explained by an increase of the scrape-off-layer density in front of the antennas when mid-plane and top fuelling is used. By distributing the gas injection to optimize the coupling of all ICRF antenna arrays simultaneously, a substantial increase in the ICRF power capability and reliability was attained. Although similar core / pedestal plasma properties were observed for the different injection cases, the experiments indicate that the RF-induced impurity sources are reduced when switching from divertor to main chamber gas injection.

Collection:
Journals
Journal:
Journal of Nuclear Materials
Publisher:
Elsevier
Published date:
08/01/2015