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Numerical analysis of neoclassical tearing mode stabilization by electron cyclotron current drive

Hayashi, Nobuhiko; Isayama, Akihiko; Nagasaki, Kazunobu*; Ozeki, Takahisa

Neoclassical tearing mode stabilization by an electron cyclotron wave current drive (ECCD) has been studied by using the numerical model on the basis on the modified Rutherford eq. coupled with the 1.5D transport code and the EC code. Numerical model almost reproduces the JT-60U experimental results. Undetermined parameters in the modified Rutherford equation are estimated from JT-60U experiments. Sensitivity of stabilization to the EC current location is investigated. Low EC current and peaked EC current profile mitigates the sensitivity, while higher EC current and the peaked EC current profile moves the rational surface more largely through the background current modification by ECCD and intensify the sensitivity. High EC current and broad EC current profile also mitigates the sensitivity. EC current necessary for the full stabilization is studied. The necessary EC current much depends on the parameters of bootstrap current and ECCD terms in the modified Rutherford equation. Necessary ECCD power on ITER is evaluated on the basis of parameters estimated from JT-60U experiments.



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