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

Takenaga, Hidenobu; Oyama, Naoyuki; Urano, Hajime; Sakamoto, Yoshiteru; Asakura, Nobuyuki; 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 inside the ITB decreased due to cold pulse propagation even with edge fuelling. By optimizing the injection frequency and the penetration depth, the decreased central T$$_{i}$$ was recovered and good ITB was sustained with enhanced pedestal pressure. The T$$_{i}$$-ITB also degraded significantly with electron cyclotron heating (ECH), when stiffness feature was strong in the electron temperature (T$$_{e}$$) profile. The ion thermal diffusivity in the ITB region increased with the electron thermal diffusivity, 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 at ITB seemed to be unchanged during ECH, however, correlation length became longer in the T$$_{i}$$-ITB degradation case and shorter in the T$$_{i}$$-ITB unchanging case.

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