Noble gas enrichment studies at JET

M. Groth*, P. Andrew, W. Fundamenski, H. Y. Guo, D. L. Hillis, J. T. Hogan, L. D. Horton, G. F. Matthews, A. G. Meigs, P. M. Morgan, M. F. Stamp, M. Von Hellermann

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Adequate helium exhaust has been achieved in reactor-relevant ELMy H-mode plasmas in JET performed in the MKII AP and MKII GB divertor geometry. The divertor-characteristic quantities of noble gas compression and enrichment have been experimentally inferred from Charge Exchange Recombination Spectroscopy measurements in the core plasma, and from spectroscopic analysis of a Penning gauge discharge in the exhaust gas. The retention of helium was found to be satisfactory for a next-step device, with enrichment factors exceeding 0.1. The helium enrichment decreases with increasing core plasma density, while the neon enrichment has the opposite behaviour. Analytic and numerical analyses of these plasmas using the divertor impurity code package DIVIMP/NIMBUS support the explanation that the enrichment of noble gases depends significantly on the penetration depth of the impurity neutrals with respect to the fuel atoms. Changes of the divertor plasma configuration and divertor geometry have no effect on the enrichment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)867-871
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2001
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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