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Title: Extension of high T{sub e} regime with upgraded electron cyclotron resonance heating system in the Large Helical Device

Enhancement of the output power per gyrotron has been planned in the Large Helical Device (LHD). Three 77-GHz gyrotrons with an output power of more than 1 MW have been operated. In addition, a high power gyrotron with the frequency of 154 GHz (1 MW/5 s, 0.5 MW/CW) was newly installed in 2012, and the total injection power of Electron cyclotron resonance heating (ECRH) reached 4.6 MW. The operational regime of ECRH plasma on the LHD has been extended due to the upgraded ECRH system such as the central electron temperature of 13.5 keV with the line-averaged electron density n{sub e-fir} = 1 × 10{sup 19} m{sup −3}. The electron thermal confinement clearly improved inside the electron internal transport barrier, and the electron thermal diffusivity reached neoclassical level. The global energy confinement time increased with increase of n{sub e-fir}. The plasma stored energy of 530 kJ with n{sub e-fir} = 3.2 × 10{sup 19} m{sup −3}, which is 1.7 times larger than the previous record in the ECRH plasma in the LHD, has been successfully achieved.
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  1. National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki 509-5292 (Japan)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22299949
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; CONFINEMENT TIME; ECR HEATING; ELECTRON DENSITY; ELECTRON TEMPERATURE; GHZ RANGE 01-100; KEV RANGE 100-1000; LHD DEVICE; MICROWAVE AMPLIFIERS; NEOCLASSICAL TRANSPORT THEORY; PLASMA; STORED ENERGY; THERMAL DIFFUSIVITY