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Characteristics of internal transport barrier under reactor relevant condition in JT-60U weak shear plasmas

Takenaga, Hidenobu; Oyama, Naoyuki; Urano, Hajime; Sakamoto, Yoshiteru; Kamiya, Kensaku; Miyo, Yasuhiko; Nishiyama, Tomokazu; Sasajima, Tadayuki; Masaki, Kei; Kaminaga, Atsushi; Ichige, Hisashi; Bucalossi, J.*; Marty, V.*; Ide, Shunsuke; Koide, Yoshihiko; Kamada, Yutaka; JT-60 Team

Characteristics of internal transport barrier (ITB) have been investigated under reactor relevant condition with edge fuelling and electron heating in JT-60U weak shear plasmas. High confinement was sustained at high density with edge fuelling by shallow pellet injection or supersonic molecular beam injection (SMBI). The ion temperature ($$T_{i}$$) in the central region decreased even with edge fuelling. The $${it T}_{i}$$ decrease with edge fuelling was larger inside the ITB than that outside the ITB, which can be described by cold pulse propagation using the ion thermal diffusivity ($$chi_{i}$$) estimated from power balance analysis in the SMBI case. By optimizing the injection frequency and the penetration depth, the decreased $$T_{i}$$ was recovered and good ITB was sustained with enhanced pedestal pressure. The $$T_{i}$$-ITB also degraded significantly when stiffness feature was strong in the electron temperature ($$T_{e}$$) profile against electron cyclotron heating (ECH). The value of $$chi_{i}$$ in the ITB region increased with the electron thermal diffusivity ($${it chi}_{e}$$), indicating existence of clear relation between ion and electron thermal transport. On the other hand, $$T_{i}$$-ITB unchanged or even grew, when stiffness feature was weak in the $$T_{e}$$ profile. Density fluctuation level seemed to be unchanged during ECH, however, correlation length became longer in the $${it T}_{i}$$-ITB degradation case and shorter in the $$T_{i}$$-ITB unchanging case.



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