High βp plasma formation using off-axis ECCD in Ohmic heated plasma in the spherical tokamak QUEST
1 IGSES, Kyushu University, Kasuga, Fukuoka, Japan, 816-8580
2 RIAM, Kyushu University, Kasuga, Fukuoka, Japan, 816-8580
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Published online: 12 March 2015
High poloidal beta (ɛβp ~ 1) operation in steady state condition in tokamaks is of great interest and has previously been demonstrated using NBI, LHCD and low current (Ip) plasma for a short time (<0.5 s). A very few experiments however, have been performed towards the investigation of highest obtainable βp in tokamak plasma. In this work we report the first result of high βp production and its sustainment though an off axis ECCD at two different frequencies (fundamental and second harmonic) in Ohmic (OH) target plasma. With application of ECCD, plasma βp increased to encounter an equilibrium limit and the standard limiter configuration is transformed to an Inboard Poloidal field Null (IPN) configuration. Both off-axis and on-axis ECCD is studied and found to have some distinctive features, which are discussed in this paper.
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