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Effects of edge collisionality on ELM characteristics in the grassy ELM regime

Oyama, Naoyuki; Kojima, Atsushi; Aiba, Nobuyuki; Horton, L. D.*; Isayama, Akihiko; Kamiya, Kensaku; Urano, Hajime; Sakamoto, Yoshiteru; Kamada, Yutaka; JT-60 Team

Nuclear Fusion, 50(6), p.064014_1 - 064014_10, 2010/06

 Times Cited Count:20 Percentile:65.34(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

The effect of the edge collisionality on ELM characteristics has been investigated in the grassy ELM regime on JT-60U. Both in high and low $$q$$ regimes ($$q_{95} > 6$$ and $$q_{95} sim 4.3$$), ELM amplitude becomes higher in plasmas with high edge collisionality. This collisionality dependence is opposite to the dependence observed in type I ELM regime, where the ELM amplitude decreases with increasing the edge collisionality. This collisionality dependence is favorable for next step devices such as ITER.

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Pedestal stability comparison and ITER pedestal prediction

Snyder, P. B.*; Aiba, Nobuyuki; Beurskens, M.*; Groebner, R. J.*; Horton, L. D.*; Hubbard, A. E.*; Hughes, J. W.*; Huysmans, G. T. A.*; Kamada, Yutaka; Kirk, A.*; et al.

Nuclear Fusion, 49(8), p.085035_1 - 085035_8, 2009/08

 Times Cited Count:150 Percentile:98.87(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

The pressure at the top of the edge transport barrier impacts fusion performance, while large ELMs can constrain material lifetimes. Investigation of intermediate wavelength MHD mode has led to improved understanding of the pedestal height and the mechanism for ELMs. The combination of high resolution diagnostics and a suite of stability codes has made edge stability analysis routine, and contribute both to understanding, and to experimental planning and performance optimization. Here we present extensive comparisons of observations to predicted edge stability boundaries on several tokamaks, both for the standard (Type I) ELM regime, and for small ELM and ELM-free regimes. We further discuss a new predictive model for the pedestal height and width (EPED1), developed by self-consistently combining a simple width model with peeling-ballooning stability calculations. This model is tested against experimental measurements, and used in initial predictions of the pedestal height for ITER.

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Experimental studies of ITER demonstration discharges

Sips, A. C. C.*; Casper, T.*; Doyle, E. J.*; Giruzzi, G.*; Gribov, Y.*; Hobirk, J.*; Hogeweij, G. M. D.*; Horton, L. D.*; Hubbard, A. E.*; Hutchinson, I.*; et al.

Nuclear Fusion, 49(8), p.085015_1 - 085015_11, 2009/08

 Times Cited Count:48 Percentile:87.48(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

Key parts of the ITER scenarios are determined by the capability of the proposed poloidal field (PF) coil set. They include the plasma breakdown at low loop voltage, the current rise phase, the performance during the flat top (FT) phase and a ramp down of the plasma. The ITER discharge evolution has been verified in dedicated experiments. New data are obtained from C-Mod, ASDEX Upgrade, DIII-D, JT-60U and JET. Results show that breakdown for $$E$$$$_{axis}$$ $$<$$ 0.23-0.33 V m$$^{-1}$$ is possible unassisted (ohmic) for large devices like JET and attainable in devices with a capability of using ECRH assist. For the current ramp up, good control of the plasma inductance is obtained using a full bore plasma shape with early X-point formation. This allows optimization of the flux usage from the PF set. Additional heating keeps $$l$$$$_{i}$$(3) $$<$$ 0.85 during the ramp up to $$q$$$$_{95}$$ = 3. A rise phase with an H-mode transition is capable of achieving $$l$$$$_{i}$$(3) $$<$$ 0.7 at the start of the FT. Operation of the H-mode reference scenario at $$q$$$$_{95}$$ $$sim$$ 3 and the hybrid scenario at $$q$$$$_{95}$$ = 4-4.5 during the FT phase is documented, providing data for the $$l$$$$_{i}$$(3) evolution after the H-mode transition and the $$l$$$$_{i}$$(3) evolution after a back-transition to L-mode. During the ITER ramp down it is important to remain diverted and to reduce the elongation. The inductance could be kept $$leq$$ 1.2 during the first half of the current decay, using a slow $$I$$$$_{p}$$ ramp down, but still consuming flux from the transformer. Alternatively, the discharges can be kept in H-mode during most of the ramp down, requiring significant amounts of additional heating.

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Pedestal stability comparison and ITER pedestal prediction

Snyder, P. B.*; Aiba, Nobuyuki; Beurskens, M.*; Groebner, R. J.*; Horton, L. D.*; Hubbard, A. E.*; Hughes, J. W.*; Huysmans, G. T. A.*; Kamada, Yutaka; Kirk, A.*; et al.

Proceedings of 22nd IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2008) (CD-ROM), 8 Pages, 2008/10

Investigation of intermediate wavelength MHD modes has led to improved understanding of important constraints on the pedestal height and the mechanism for ELMs. The combination of high resolution pedestal diagnostics and a suite of highly efficient stability codes, has made edge stability analysis routine on several major tokamaks, contributing both to understanding, and to experimental planning and performance optimization. Here we present extensive comparisons of observations to predicted edge stability boundaries on several tokamaks, both for the standard ELM regime, and for small ELM and ELM-free regimes. We further use the stability constraint on pedestal height to test models of the pedestal width, and self-consistently combine a simple width model with MHD stability calculations to develop a new predictive model (EPED1) for the pedestal height and width. This model is tested against experimental measurements, and used in initial predictions of the pedestal height for ITER.

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The H-Invitational Database (H-InvDB); A Comprehensive annotation resource for human genes and transcripts

Yamasaki, Chisato*; Murakami, Katsuhiko*; Fujii, Yasuyuki*; Sato, Yoshiharu*; Harada, Erimi*; Takeda, Junichi*; Taniya, Takayuki*; Sakate, Ryuichi*; Kikugawa, Shingo*; Shimada, Makoto*; et al.

Nucleic Acids Research, 36(Database), p.D793 - D799, 2008/01

 Times Cited Count:51 Percentile:74.53(Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

Here we report the new features and improvements in our latest release of the H-Invitational Database, a comprehensive annotation resource for human genes and transcripts. H-InvDB, originally developed as an integrated database of the human transcriptome based on extensive annotation of large sets of fulllength cDNA (FLcDNA) clones, now provides annotation for 120 558 human mRNAs extracted from the International Nucleotide Sequence Databases (INSD), in addition to 54 978 human FLcDNAs, in the latest release H-InvDB. We mapped those human transcripts onto the human genome sequences (NCBI build 36.1) and determined 34 699 human gene clusters, which could define 34 057 protein-coding and 642 non-protein-coding loci; 858 transcribed loci overlapped with predicted pseudogenes.

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Characteristics of the H-mode pedestal in improved confinement scenarios in ASDEX Upgrade, DIII-D, JET and JT-60U

Maggi, C. F.*; Groebner, R. J.*; Oyama, Naoyuki; Sartori, R.*; Horton, L. D.*; Sips, A. C. C.*; Suttrop, W.*; ASDEX Upgrade Team; Leonard, A.*; Luce, T. C.*; et al.

Nuclear Fusion, 47(7), p.535 - 551, 2007/07

 Times Cited Count:59 Percentile:89.69(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

Pedestal and global plasma parameters are compared in ELMy H-modes and improved confinement discharges from ASDEX Upgrade (AUG), DIII-D, JET and JT-60U with varying net input power. The pedestal top pressure increases moderately with power, in broad agreement with the power dependence of the H98(y,2) scaling. For all machines and all scenarios a robust correlation between the total and the pedestal thermal stored energy is observed. In AUG the improved confinement is due to improved pedestal confinement in improved H-modes with early heating and to both improved pedestal and core confinement in improved H-modes with late heating. In DIII-D the increase in confinement is due to improved confinement in the plasma core. JT-60U reversed shear H-modes have strong internal transport barriers and thus improved core performance. In all four tokamaks improved edge stability is correlated with increasing total $$beta_{p}$$ and H98(y,2) increases with pedestal $$beta_{p}$$.

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Progress in the ITER physics basis, 2; Plasma confinement and transport

Doyle, E. J.*; Houlberg, W. A.*; Kamada, Yutaka; Mukhovatov, V.*; Osborne, T. H.*; Polevoi, A.*; Bateman, G.*; Connor, J. W.*; Cordey, J. G.*; Fujita, Takaaki; et al.

Nuclear Fusion, 47(6), p.S18 - S127, 2007/06

no abstracts in English

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Edge pedestal physics and its implications for ITER

Kamada, Yutaka; Leonard, A. W.*; Bateman, G.*; Becoulet, M.*; Chang, C. S.*; Eich, T.*; Evans, T. E.*; Groebner, R. J.*; Guzdar, P. N.*; Horton, L. D.*; et al.

Proceedings of 21st IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2006) (CD-ROM), 8 Pages, 2007/03

no abstracts in English

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Characteristics of the H-mode pedestal in improved confinement scenarios in ASDEX Upgrade, DIII-D, JET and JT-60U

Maggi, C. F.*; Groebner, R. J.*; Oyama, Naoyuki; Sartori, R.*; Horton, L. D.*; Sips, A. C. C.*; Suttrop, W.*; ASDEX Upgrade Team; Leonard, T.*; Luce, T. C.*; et al.

Proceedings of 21st IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2006) (CD-ROM), 8 Pages, 2007/03

Pedestal and global plasma parameters are compared in ELMy H-mode discharges from ASDEX Upgrade (AUG), DIII-D, JET and JT-60U. The increase in pedestal pressure (p$$^{PED}$$) with power is continuous, reflecting the continuous transition from "standard H-mode" to "improved confinement scenario". In AUG improved H-modes p$$^{PED}$$ increases with power due to an increase of both pedestal top density and temperature. In DIII-D p$$^{PED}$$ increases primarily due to an increase of the pedestal temperature. In JT-60U high $$beta_{pol}$$ H-modes at $$q_{95}$$ = 6.5 and high $$delta$$ the improved confinement is due to an increase of $$W_{PED}$$, while in reversed shear H-modes to an increase of $$W_{core}$$. In JET hybrid discharges at 1.4 MA $$W_{th}$$ increases with power and $$delta$$ due to an increase of $$W_{PED}$$. In all four tokamaks improved edge stability is correlated to increasing total $$beta_{pol} $$ and H98(y,2) increases with pedestal $$beta_{pol}$$.

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Pedestal conditions for small ELM regimes in tokamaks

Oyama, Naoyuki; Gohil, P.*; Horton, L. D.*; Hubbard, A. E.*; Hughes, J. W.*; Kamada, Yutaka; Kamiya, Kensaku; Leonard, A. W.*; Loarte, A.*; Maingi, R.*; et al.

Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 48(5A), p.A171 - A181, 2006/05

 Times Cited Count:65 Percentile:90.57(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

no abstracts in English

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Survey of type I ELM dynamics measurements

Leonard, A. W.*; Asakura, Nobuyuki; Boedo, J. A.*; Becoulet, M.*; Counsell, G. F.*; Eich, T.*; Fundamenski, W.*; Herrmann, A.*; Horton, L. D.*; Kamada, Yutaka; et al.

Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 48(5A), p.A149 - A162, 2006/05

 Times Cited Count:40 Percentile:80.65(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

This report summarizes Type I edge localized mode (ELM) dynamics measurements from a number of tokamaks. Several transport mechanisms are conjectured to be responsible for ELM transport, including convective transport due to filamentary structures ejected from the pedestal, parallel transport due to edge ergodization or magnetic reconnection and turbulent transport driven by the high edge gradients when the radial electric field shear is suppressed. The experimental observations are assessed for their validation, or conflict, with these ELM transport conjectures.

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Small ELM regimes with good confinement on JET and comparison to those on ASDEX Upgrade, Alcator C-mod and JT-60U

Stober, J.*; Lomas, P. J.*; Saibene, G.*; Andrew, Y.*; Belo, P.*; Conway, G. D.*; Herrmann, A.*; Horton, L. D.*; Kempenaars, M.*; Koslowski, H.-R.*; et al.

Nuclear Fusion, 45(11), p.1213 - 1223, 2005/11

 Times Cited Count:31 Percentile:71.09(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

no abstracts in English

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Pedestal characteristics of H-mode plasmas in JT-60U and ASDEX Upgrade

Urano, Hajime; Kamada, Yutaka; Takizuka, Tomonori; Suttrop, W.*; Horton, L.*; Lang, P.*; Kubo, Hirotaka; Oyama, Naoyuki; Takenaga, Hidenobu; Asakura, Nobuyuki

Purazuma, Kaku Yugo Gakkai-Shi, 81(4), p.280 - 287, 2005/04

Role of the pedestal structure in ELMy H-mode plasmas for the core energy confinement and for the ELM energy losses have been investigated in JT-60U and ASDEX Upgrade. The confinement degradation seen at higher densities is attributed to the reduction of the pedestal temperature limited by the ELM activities and the stiffness of the temperature profiles. In high triangularity or impurity seeded H-modes, in which higher energy confinement is generally achieved, higher pedestal temperature is obtained by the improvement of the edge MHD stability or the density profile peaking, respectively. The upper bound of the ELM energy loss is characterised by the pedestal energy. The energy transport in between ELMs enhanced with increasing the pedestal collisionality reduces the ELM loss power fraction. It is also shown in ASDEX Upgrade that the continuous pellet injection is valid for the integrated performance of smaller ELM losses and favourable core confinement.

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Edge localized mode physics and operational aspects in tokamaks

B$'e$coulet, M.*; Huysmans, G.*; Sarazin, Y.*; Garbet, X.*; Ghendrih, P.*; Rimini, F.*; Joffrin, E.*; Litaudon, X.*; Monier-Garbet, P.*; An$'e$, J.-M.*; et al.

Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 45(12A), p.A93 - A113, 2003/12

 Times Cited Count:83 Percentile:92.45(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

no abstracts in English

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Characteristics of type I ELM energy and particle losses in existing devices and their extrapolation to ITER

Loarte, A.*; Saibene, G.*; Sartori, R.*; Campbell, D.*; Becoulet, M.*; Horton, L.*; Eich, T.*; Herrmann, A.*; Matthews, G.*; Asakura, Nobuyuki; et al.

Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 45(9), p.1549 - 1569, 2003/10

 Times Cited Count:408 Percentile:99.77(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

Analysis of Type I ELMs from ongoing experiments shows that ELM energy losses are correlated with the density and temperature of the pedestal plasma before the ELM crash. The Type I ELM plasma energy loss normalized to the pedestal energy is found to correlate across experiments with the collisionality of the pedestal plasma. Other parameters affect the ELM size such as the edge magnetic shear, etc, which influence the plasma volume affected by the ELMs. ELM particle losses are influenced by this ELM affected volume and are weakly dependent on other pedestal plasma parameters. In JET and DIII-D, minimum Type I ELMs with energy losses acceptable for ITER were found, that do not affect the plasma temperature. The duration of the divertor ELM power pulse is correlated with the typical ion transport time from the pedestal to the divertor target and not with the duration of the ELM associated MHD activity. Extrapolation of the present experimental results to ITER is summarized.

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ELM energy and particle losses and their extrapolation to burning plasma experiments

Loarte, A.*; Saibene, G.*; Sartori, R.*; Becoulet, M.*; Horton, L.*; Eich, T.*; Herrmann, A.*; Laux, M.*; Matthews, G.*; Jachmich, S.*; et al.

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 313-316, p.962 - 966, 2003/03

 Times Cited Count:105 Percentile:98.54(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

no abstracts in English

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Recent progress toward high performance above the greenwald density limit in impurity seeded discharges in limiter and divertor tokamaks

Ongena, J.*; Budny, R.*; Dumortier, P.*; Jackson, G. L.*; Kubo, Hirotaka; Messiaen, A. M.*; Murakami, Masanori*; Strachan, J. D.*; Sydora, R.*; Tokar, M.*; et al.

Physics of Plasmas, 8(5), p.2188 - 2198, 2001/05

 Times Cited Count:47 Percentile:80.5(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Understanding of the H mode pedestal characteristics using the multimachine pedestal database

Hatae, Takaki; Sugihara, Masayoshi; Hubbard, A. E.*; Igitkhanov, Y.*; Kamada, Yutaka; Janeschitz, G.*; Horton, L. D.*; Oyabu, Nobuyoshi*; Osborne, T. H.*; Osipenko, M.*; et al.

Nuclear Fusion, 41(3), p.285 - 293, 2001/03

 Times Cited Count:39 Percentile:75.89(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

no abstracts in English

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D$$_{alpha}$$ measurements in the JET divertor with the divertor periscope diagnostic

Loarer, T.*; Horton, L. D.*; Kubo, Hirotaka; Maggi, C. F.*; Morgen, P. D.*; Stamp, M. F.*; Von Hellermann, M.*

JET-R-99-05, p.1 - 20, 1999/09

no abstracts in English

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