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Measurement method for $$^{134}$$Cs in environment by use of the coincidence method

Hirade, Tetsuya; Katayama, Atsushi; Masaki, Nobuyuki

Radioisotopes, 64(5), p.311 - 318, 2015/05

The quantity of Cesium radioisotopes is estimated with full absorption peaks on the energy spectra measured by $$gamma$$-ray detectors such as Ge semiconductor detector. The heavy shield box made of Lead is needed to obtain reliable data, because the detection efficiency is in inverse proportion to square of the distance between the detectors and the radioactive materials. We have noticed that $$^{134}$$Cs emits two $$gamma$$-rays, 605 keV and 796 keV, with high efficiency, and that there are almost no radio isotopes which emit two $$gamma$$-rays as $$^{134}$$Cs does in environment. In the case of coincidence measurements of two $$gamma$$-rays, the detection efficiency is in inverse proportion to the fourth power of the distance between the detectors and the radioactive materials. Therefore the contamination with radioisotopes around the detectors do not affect to the count of the coincidence events. Hence, it is possible to estimate the quantity of $$^{134}$$Cs by in-situ and nondestructive measurement.

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Fuelling characteristics of supersonic molecular beam injection in JT-60U

Takenaga, Hidenobu; Miyo, Yasuhiko; Bucalossi, J.*; Marty, V.*; Urano, Hajime; Asakura, Nobuyuki; Nishiyama, Tomokazu; Sasajima, Tadayuki; Masaki, Kei; Kaminaga, Atsushi

Nuclear Fusion, 50(11), p.115003_1 - 115003_10, 2010/11

 Times Cited Count:17 Percentile:59.53(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

The supersonic molecular beam injection (SMBI) was successfully operated in JT-60U. Frequent density jumps were clearly observed in the main plasma against the SMBI pulses with the background gas pressure ($$P$$$$_{rm BK}$$) of 2-6 bar. Fuelling efficiency exhibited weak dependence on $$P$$$$_{rm BK}$$ and the injection direction (high- and low-field-side injections). The amount of the fuelling necessary for achieving the same density level is much smaller for the SMBI than for the gas-puffing. It is comparable for the SMBI and the pellet injection even with shallower penetration of the SMBI as discussed below. The SMBI ionization area was estimated based on emission measured using the fast TV camera with a time resolution of 0.167 ms. The estimations indicated similar penetration position for $$P$$$$_{rm BK}$$ = 6 and 2 bar, although the ionization area was larger for 6 bar. This result supports the weak $$P$$$$_{rm BK}$$ dependence of the fuelling efficiency. The front of the ionization area moved between first and second frames of the fast TV camera and it reached just inside the separatrix in the second frame. The ionization area was significantly expanded from the expected SMB size and the expansion was also enhanced between two frames. These relatively slow changes between two frames suggest that interaction between SMB and plasma significantly influences the fuelling characteristics.

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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; et al.

Nuclear Fusion, 49(7), p.075012_1 - 075012_11, 2009/07

 Times Cited Count:9 Percentile:36.96(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

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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Design, R&D and assessment of performance of the JT-60SA upper divertor

Sakurai, Shinji; Kawashima, Hisato; Higashijima, Satoru; Shimizu, Katsuhiro; Masaki, Kei; Asakura, Nobuyuki; Shibama, Yusuke; Sakasai, Akira

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 390-391, p.891 - 894, 2009/06

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:10.95(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

The entire plasma facing components should be water-cooled in JT-60SA. A cassette module of divertor is introduced for remote maintenance. The divertor targets are mounted on the cassette. A brazed carbon fiber composite target is promising candidate for the divertor target. The latest results of mock-ups test clarified that thermal fatigue life cycles are more than 1000 cycles of 15 MW/m$$^{2}$$$$times$$10 sec. The divertor is designed to control divertor detachment for heat load reduction. The vertical targets and a "V-shaped corner" like as that in ITER are adopted to enhance detachment. Divertor heat load and pumping efficiency has been evaluated, using 2D plasma fluid (SOLDOR) and neutral Monte-Carlo (NEUT2D) code. The plasma detachment occurs near the outer-strike point within the "V-shaped corner", which results in low peak heat flux density 5.8 MW/m$$^{2}$$ for the case with additional gas puff of 5$$times$$10$$^{21}$$/s compared to 11.4 MW/m$$^{2}$$ for the case without "V-shaped corner".

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Status of JT-60SA tokamak under the EU-JA broader approach agreement

Matsukawa, Makoto; Kikuchi, Mitsuru; Fujii, Tsuneyuki; Fujita, Takaaki; Hayashi, Takao; Higashijima, Satoru; Hosogane, Nobuyuki; Ikeda, Yoshitaka; Ide, Shunsuke; Ishida, Shinichi; et al.

Fusion Engineering and Design, 83(7-9), p.795 - 803, 2008/12

 Times Cited Count:16 Percentile:74.37(Nuclear Science & Technology)

no abstracts in English

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Defect-fluorite oxides M$$_{1-y}$$Ln$$_{y}$$O$$_{2-y/2}$$ (Ln = lanthanide; M = Hf, Zr, Ce, U, Th); Structure, property, and applications

Nakamura, Akio; Masaki, Nobuyuki; Otobe, Haruyoshi; Hinatsu, Yukio*; Wang, J.*; Takeda, Masuo*

Pure and Applied Chemistry, 79(10), p.1691 - 1729, 2007/10

 Times Cited Count:14 Percentile:48.92(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

no abstracts in English

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Surface studies of tungsten erosion and deposition in JT-60U

Ueda, Yoshio*; Fukumoto, Masakatsu*; Nishikawa, Masahiro*; Tanabe, Tetsuo*; Miya, Naoyuki; Arai, Takashi; Masaki, Kei; Ishimoto, Yuki*; Tsuzuki, Kazuhiro*; Asakura, Nobuyuki

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 363-365, p.66 - 71, 2007/06

 Times Cited Count:9 Percentile:57.83(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

no abstracts in English

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Overview of national centralized tokamak program; Mission, design and strategy to contribute ITER and DEMO

Ninomiya, Hiromasa; Akiba, Masato; Fujii, Tsuneyuki; Fujita, Takaaki; Fujiwara, Masami*; Hamamatsu, Kiyotaka; Hayashi, Nobuhiko; Hosogane, Nobuyuki; Ikeda, Yoshitaka; Inoue, Nobuyuki; et al.

Journal of the Korean Physical Society, 49, p.S428 - S432, 2006/12

To contribute DEMO and ITER, the design to modify the present JT-60U into superconducting coil machine, named National Centralized Tokamak (NCT), is being progressed under nationwide collaborations in Japan. Mission, design and strategy of this NCT program is summarized.

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Thermal properties of redeposition layers in the JT-60U divertor region

Ishimoto, Yuki; Goto, Yoshitaka*; Arai, Takashi; Masaki, Kei; Miya, Naoyuki; Oyama, Naoyuki; Asakura, Nobuyuki

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 350(3), p.301 - 309, 2006/05

 Times Cited Count:20 Percentile:81.23(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Thermal properties of the redeposition layer on the inner plate of the W-shaped divertor of JT-60U have been measured with laser flash method for the first time so as to estimate transient heat loads onto the divertor. Measurement of a redeposition layer sample of more than 200 m thick showed following results: (1) the bulk density of the redeposition layer is about half of that of carbon fiber composite material; (2) the specific heat of the layer is roughly equal to that of the isotropic graphite; (3) the thermal conductivity of the redeposition layer is two orders of magnitude smaller than that of the carbon fiber composite. The difference between the divertor heat loads and the loss of the plasma stored energy becomes smaller taking account of thermal properties of the redeposition layer on the inner divertor, whereas estimated heat loads due to the ELMs is still larger than the loss. This is probably caused by the poloidal distribution of the thermal properties and heat flux asymmetry inherent in the device.

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Impact of wall saturation on particle control in long and high-power-heated discharges in JT-60U

Nakano, Tomohide; Asakura, Nobuyuki; Takenaga, Hidenobu; Kubo, Hirotaka; Miura, Yukitoshi; Shimizu, Katsuhiro; Konoshima, Shigeru; Masaki, Kei; Higashijima, Satoru; JT-60 Team

Nuclear Fusion, 46(5), p.626 - 634, 2006/05

 Times Cited Count:19 Percentile:56.94(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

In order to understand plasma-wall interactions in a long time scale, the discharge pulse length has been extended from 15 s to 65 s, with the NB-heating duration extended to 30 s. Nearly-saturation of the divertor plates was observed in the latter half of long pulse ELMy H-mode discharges. Particle sink into the divertor plates gradually decreased, and subsequently, wall-pumping efficiency became zero. This wall saturation resulted in a rise of the main plasma density without any auxiliary particle supply besides NB with divertor-pumping. Even when the total injected energy reached up to $$sim$$ 350 MJ in a discharge, neither sudden increase of carbon generation such as carbon bloom nor increase of the dilution of the main plasma was observed.

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Overview of the national centralized tokamak programme

Kikuchi, Mitsuru; Tamai, Hiroshi; Matsukawa, Makoto; Fujita, Takaaki; Takase, Yuichi*; Sakurai, Shinji; Kizu, Kaname; Tsuchiya, Katsuhiko; Kurita, Genichi; Morioka, Atsuhiko; et al.

Nuclear Fusion, 46(3), p.S29 - S38, 2006/03

 Times Cited Count:13 Percentile:44.28(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

The National Centralized Tokamak (NCT) facility program is a domestic research program for advanced tokamak research to succeed JT-60U incorporating Japanese university accomplishments. The mission of NCT is to establish high beta steady-state operation for DEMO and to contribute to ITER. The machine flexibility and mobility is pursued in aspect ratio and shape controllability, feedback control of resistive wall modes, wide current and pressure profile control capability for the demonstration of the high-b steady state.

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Study of global wall saturation mechanisms in long-pulse ELMy H-mode discharges on JT-60U

Takenaga, Hidenobu; Nakano, Tomohide; Asakura, Nobuyuki; Kubo, Hirotaka; Konoshima, Shigeru; Shimizu, Katsuhiro; Tsuzuki, Kazuhiro; Masaki, Kei; Tanabe, Tetsuo*; Ide, Shunsuke; et al.

Nuclear Fusion, 46(3), p.S39 - S48, 2006/03

 Times Cited Count:18 Percentile:54.9(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

no abstracts in English

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Engineering design and control scenario for steady-state high-beta operation in national centralized tokamak

Tsuchiya, Katsuhiko; Akiba, Masato; Azechi, Hiroshi*; Fujii, Tsuneyuki; Fujita, Takaaki; Fujiwara, Masami*; Hamamatsu, Kiyotaka; Hashizume, Hidetoshi*; Hayashi, Nobuhiko; Horiike, Hiroshi*; et al.

Fusion Engineering and Design, 81(8-14), p.1599 - 1605, 2006/02

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:10.64(Nuclear Science & Technology)

no abstracts in English

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Enhanced ELMy H-mode performance with reduced toroidal field ripple in JT-60U

Oyama, Naoyuki; Urano, Hajime; Yoshida, Maiko; Takenaga, Hidenobu; Shinohara, Koji; Sakurai, Shinji; Masaki, Kei; Kamiya, Kensaku; Isayama, Akihiko; Suzuki, Takahiro; et al.

Europhysics Conference Abstracts (CD-ROM), 30I, 4 Pages, 2006/00

no abstracts in English

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Design study of national centralized tokamak facility for the demonstration of steady state high-$$beta$$ plasma operation

Tamai, Hiroshi; Akiba, Masato; Azechi, Hiroshi*; Fujita, Takaaki; Hamamatsu, Kiyotaka; Hashizume, Hidetoshi*; Hayashi, Nobuhiko; Horiike, Hiroshi*; Hosogane, Nobuyuki; Ichimura, Makoto*; et al.

Nuclear Fusion, 45(12), p.1676 - 1683, 2005/12

 Times Cited Count:15 Percentile:48.09(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

Design studies are shown on the National Centralized Tokamak facility. The machine design is carried out to investigate the capability for the flexibility in aspect ratio and shape controllability for the demonstration of the high-beta steady state operation with nation-wide collaboration, in parallel with ITER towards DEMO. Two designs are proposed and assessed with respect to the physics requirements such as confinement, stability, current drive, divertor, and energetic particle confinement. The operation range in the aspect ratio and the plasma shape is widely enhanced in consistent with the sufficient divertor pumping. Evaluations of the plasma performance towards the determination of machine design are presented.

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$$^{151}$$Eu-M$"o$ssbauer spectroscopic and X-ray diffraction study of the Eu$$_{2}$$(Ce$$_{1-x}$$Zr$$_{x}$$)$$_{2}$$O$$_{7}$$ and LnEuZr$$_{2}$$O$$_{7}$$(Ln=lanthanide) systems

Masaki, Nobuyuki; Nakamura, Akio; Furuuchi, Fumihito*; Hinatsu, Yukio*

Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids, 66(2-4), p.312 - 317, 2005/02

 Times Cited Count:9 Percentile:41.42(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Progress in physics and technology developments for the modification of JT-60

Tamai, Hiroshi; Matsukawa, Makoto; Kurita, Genichi; Hayashi, Nobuhiko; Urata, Kazuhiro*; Miura, Yushi; Kizu, Kaname; Tsuchiya, Katsuhiko; Morioka, Atsuhiko; Kudo, Yusuke; et al.

Plasma Science and Technology, 6(1), p.2141 - 2150, 2004/02

 Times Cited Count:2 Percentile:6.89(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

The dominant issue for the the modification program of JT-60 (JT-60SC) is to demonstrate the steady state reactor relevant plasma operation. Physics design on plasma parameters, operation scenarios, and the plasma control method are investigated for the achievement of high-$$beta$$. Engineering design and the R&D on the superconducting magnet coils, radiation shield, and vacuum vessel are performed. Recent progress in such physics and technology developments is presented.

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$$^{151}$$Eu M$"o$ssbauer spectroscopic study on the Eu$$_{y}$$M$$_{1-y}$$O$$_{2-y}$$(0$$leq$$y$$leq$$1.0)(M=Th, U)

Masaki, Nobuyuki; Otobe, Haruyoshi; Nakamura, Akio; Harada, Daijitsu*; Ito, Kentaro*; Sasaki, Yoshinobu*; Hinatsu, Yukio*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 39(Suppl.3), p.217 - 220, 2002/11

no abstracts in English

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M$"o$ssbauer spectroscopic studies of $$^{237}$$Np in aqueous solutions

Nakada, Masami; Masaki, Nobuyuki; Yamashita, Toshiyuki

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 39(Suppl.3), p.426 - 428, 2002/11

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Gas and pellet injection systems for JT-60 and JT-60U

Kizu, Kaname; Hiratsuka, Hajime; Miyo, Yasuhiko; Ichige, Hisashi; Sasajima, Tadayuki; Nishiyama, Tomokazu; Masaki, Kei; Honda, Masao; Miya, Naoyuki; Hosogane, Nobuyuki

Fusion Science and Technology (JT-60 Special Issue), 42(2-3), p.396 - 409, 2002/09

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:30.46(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Designs and operations of the gas system and pellet injection systems for JT-60 were described. A gas injection valve that is a key component of the gas injection system was developed using a multi layer piezoelectric element. The maximum flow rate of this system is 43.3 Pam3/s. The valve has mechanism for adjustment at atmospheric side meaning that a repair and an adjustment can be conducted without ventilation inside a vacuum vessel. Two systems of pellet injector; one is pneumatic drive and another is centrifugal one were developed. The pneumatic type attained a pellet velocity of 2.3 km/s, which was the world record at the time in 1988. On the other hand, the centrifugal one was developed in 1998. This injector can eject trains of up to 40 cubic (2.1 mm)3 pellets at frequencies of 1~10 Hz and speed of 0.1~1.0 km/s. A guide tube for a magnetic high field side top injection HFS(top)) was also developed in 1999. The pellet injection experiment with the HFS system started in 2000. In addition, another guide tube for HFS(mid) injection was newly developed and installed in March 2001.

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