Structure, stability and ELM dynamics of the H-mode pedestal in DIII-D

M. E. Fenstermacher*, T. H. Osborne, A. W. Leonard, P. B. Snyder, D. M. Thomas, J. A. Boedo, T. A. Casper, R. J. Groebner, M. Groth, M. A H Kempenaars, A. Loarte, G. R. McKee, W. M. Meyer, G. Saibene, M. A. Vanzeeland, X. Q. Xu, L. Zeng

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Experiments are described that have increased our understanding of the transport and stability physics that set the H-mode edge pedestal width and height, determine the onset of Type-I edge localized modes (ELMs) and produce the nonlinear dynamics of the ELM perturbation in the pedestal and scrape-off layer (SOL). Models now exist for the ne pedestal profile and the pe height at the onset of Type-I ELMs, and progress has been made towards models of the Te pedestal width and nonlinear ELM evolution. Similarity experiments between DIII-D and JET suggested that neutral penetration physics plays an important role in the relationship between the width and height of the ne pedestal. Plasma physics appears to dominate in setting the Te pedestal width. Measured pedestal conditions including edge current at ELM onset agree with intermediate-n peeling-ballooning (P-B) stability predictions. Midplane ELM dynamics data show the predicted (P-B) structure at the ELM onset, large rapid variations of the SOL parameters and fast radial propagation in later phases, similar to features in nonlinear ELM simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1493-1502
Number of pages10
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2005
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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