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ELMy H-modes in JET helium-4 plasmas
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2004 (English)In: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, ISSN 0741-3335, E-ISSN 1361-6587, Vol. 46, no 3, 519-534 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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ELMy H-modes in helium-4 plasmas provide valuable information on ELMy H-mode physics as well as a possible early low activation operational phase for next-step tokamaks, such as ITER. With this in mind, a series of helium-4 H-mode experiments were performed on JET with pure helium-4 NBI auxiliary heating (up to 12 MW). A set of ELMy H-mode plasmas were produced, in both the Type I ELM regime and a second regime, which showed characteristics similar to the deuterium Type III regime, but with a reverse ELM frequency dependence on power. Sawteeth were also observed, and had similar behaviour to those seen in deuterium. Compared with deuterium plasmas, Type I ELMy H-mode confinement is seen to be 28 +/- 6% poorer in helium-4 plasmas and the L-H power threshold 42 +/- 10% larger. This is the opposite of the behaviour predicted by experimental isotope mass scalings from hydrogenic plasmas.Comparison with a wider hydrogenic database, enables the effects of isotopic charge and mass to be studied independently.

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2004. Vol. 46, no 3, 519-534 p.
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power threshold database, density limits, helium, confinement, transition, deuterium, transport, divertor, tokamak, iter
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-23285DOI: 10.1088/0741-3335/46/3/007ISI: 000220531400010ScopusID: 2-s2.0-12144287561OAI: diva2:341983
QC 20100525 QC 20111101Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10 Last updated: 2011-11-01Bibliographically approved

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