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Oct 13 – 18, 2014
Hotel Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya
Europe/Moscow timezone

The Isotope Effect in GAM – Turbulence Interplay and Anomalous Transport in Tokamak & Density Fluctuations as an Intrinsic Mechanism to Keep Self-Consistent Shape of Pressure Profile

Oct 18, 2014, 11:10 AM
Blue 1-5 (Hotel Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya)

Blue 1-5

Hotel Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya

Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation


Mr Alexey Gurchenko (Russian Federation)


A The interaction between large-scale mean E×B flows, geodesic acoustic modes (GAM) and small-scale drift-wave turbulence has been an important area of experimental research for anomalous transport of energy and particles in toroidal plasmas during the last decade utilizing more and more sophisticated tools. In this paper results of investigation of the interplay of GAMs and broadband drift wave turbulence of different spatial scales performed in the FT-2 tokamak by the enhanced scattering (ES), Doppler reflectometry and standard reflectometry as well as by global gyrokinetic modeling are presented. The turbulence and GAMs local properties were investigated in hydrogen and deuterium regimes. A number of important effects indicating the role of turbulence in GAM excitation, GAMs role in transport phenomena and the mechanism GAMs control the turbulence and transport are presented and discussed. A systematically larger level of GAMs amplitude in deuterium regime in comparison with hydrogen accompanied by smaller level of the electron thermal diffusivity became the striking example of the isotope effect. The weak influence of the GAM intermittency was observed both in H and D regimes in the small-scale turbulence radial wave number spectra obtained by correlative ES diagnostic. On contrary, a strong modulation of the large-scale turbulence level at the GAM frequency was found for the first time by cross-method utilizing both ES and reflectometry techniques. The modulation of the total reflectometric power and corresponding turbulence level by GAM was observed in the equatorial plane where the GAM density component is absent. The turbulence modulation at the GAM frequency is also studied using the FT-2 global gyrokinetic modeling by ELMFIRE code. B The paper presents new insight into previous and new experimental data of the turbulent density fluctuations behavior in T-10 OH and ECRH discharges. The experiments showed existence of the same maximal peaked pressure profile in both OH and ECRH tokamak plasmas as well as strong deterioration of particle confinement after plasma reach this profile (fast density decay in OH, “density pump out” in ECRH). Maximal peaking could be achieved either by flat density and peaked temperature or vice versa. Minimal turbulence level does not depend on heating power and observed when pressure profile is slightly wider than the extreme one. The density fluctuations did not significantly contribute to the heat transport but determined particle fluxes to maintain the pressure profile.
Paper Number EX/11-2Ra & EX/11-2Rb
Country or International Organisation Russian Federation

Primary authors

Mr Alexey Gurchenko (Russian Federation) Dr Vladimir Vershkov (ITF NCR "Kurchatov Institute")

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