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Development of advanced operation scenarios in weak magnetic-shear regime on JT-60U

Suzuki, Takahiro; Oyama, Naoyuki; Isayama, Akihiko; Sakamoto, Yoshiteru; Fujita, Takaaki; Ide, Shunsuke; Kamada, Yutaka; Naito, Osamu; Sueoka, Michiharu; Moriyama, Shinichi; Hanada, Masaya; JT-60 Team

Fully non-inductive discharge having a relaxed current profile and high bootstrap current fraction f$$_{BS}$$=0.5 has been realized in the high-$$beta$$$$_{p}$$ ELMy H-mode discharge with weak magnetic-shear having q$$_{95}$$=5.8, qmin=2.1, and q(0)=2.4, where qmin and q(0) are the safety factor q at the minimum and the plasma center, respectively. The rest of the plasma current is externally driven by neutral beams (NBs) and lower-hybrid (LH) waves. The safety factor profile evaluated by the motional Stark effect (MSE) diagnostic is kept unchanged during 0.7 s at the end of the full current drive (CD) sustainment for 2 s (1.5 times the current relaxation time $$_{tau R}$$). The loop voltage profile is spatially uniform at 0 V at the end of the sustainment. This demonstration shows, for the first time, that the steady sustainment of ful-CD plasma is possible at high f$$_{BS}$$=0.5 and reasonably low q$$_{95}$$=5.8 regime and is stably controlled by appropriate external current drivers. On the other hand, when the combination of bootstrap current and externally driven current does not match to the steady current profile, slight change in the current profile due to current relaxation resulted in appearance of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) instability, e.g. neo-classical tearing mode (NTM), in a high beta plasma. This discharge clarifies importance of the demonstration of steady current profile developed here. These discharges contribute to the ITER steady-state operation scenario development.

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