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Role of low order rational ${it q}$-values in the ITB events in JT-60U reverse shear plasmas

Neudatchin, S. V.*; Takizuka, Tomonori; Hayashi, Nobuhiko; Isayama, Akihiko; Shirai, Hiroshi; Fujita, Takaaki; Kamada, Yutaka; Koide, Yoshihiko; Suzuki, Takahiro

The formation of internal transport barriers (ITBs) near ${it q}$ =2,3 surfaces in normal shear (NrS) discharges of JT-60U and JET is known. In reverse shear (RS) JT-60U plasmas, the role of ${it q}$ minimum (${it q}$$$_{min}$$) equal to 3.5,3,2.5,2 is not obvious for ITB formation. In this paper, the effect of low rational ${it q}$ values on ITB-events in JT-60U NrS and RS plasmas is investigated. Under sufficient neutral beam power (${it P}$$$_{nbi}$$$$>$$8MW for 1.2-1.5MA/3.8T pulses), ITB-events are seen at rational and non-rational values of ${it q}$$$_{min}$$. The space-time evolutions of ${it T}$$$_{e}$$ and ${it T}$$$_{i}$$ are similar, suggesting the same mechanism for ${it T}$$$_{e}$$ and ${it T}$$$_{i}$$ transports. The temporal formation of stronger ITB under passing ${it q}$$$_{min}$$=3 (after periodical improvements and degradations via ITB-events) in RS H-mode with ${it P}$$$_{nbi}$$=8MW is presented. Under smaller power, ITB-events are observed only at rational ${it q}$$$_{min}$$ values. In a weak RS shot with ${it P}$$$_{nbi}$$=4MW, the abrupt rise of ${it T}$$$_{e}$$ is seen at ${it q}$$$_{min}$$=3.5, while more cases of ${it T}$$$_{i}$$ rise are observed. The difference between the ${it T}$$$_{e}$$ and ${it T}$$$_{i}$$ evolutions for the low power suggests the decoupling of ${it T}$$$_{e}$$ and ${it T}$$$_{i}$$ transports.

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