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Effects of low central fuelling on density and ion temperature profiles in reversed shear plasmas on JT-60U

Takenaga, Hidenobu; Ide, Shunsuke; Sakamoto, Yoshiteru; Fujita, Takaaki; JT-60 Team

Effects of low central fuelling on density and ion temperature profiles have been investigated using negative ion based neutral beam injection and electron cyclotron heating (ECH) in reversed shear plasmas on JT-60U. Strong internal transport barrier (ITB) was maintained in density and ion temperature profiles, when central fuelling was decreased by switching positive ion based neutral beam injection to ECH after the strong ITB formation. Similar density and ion temperature ITBs were formed both with low and high central fuelling during the plasma current ramp-up phase. Strong correlation between the density gradient and the ion temperature gradient was observed, indicating that particle transport and ion thermal transport are strongly coupled or the density gradient assists the ion temperature ITB formation through suppression of ion temperature gradient mode. These results support that the density and ion temperature ITBs can be formed under reactor relevant conditions.

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