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Characteristics of the H-mode pedestal and extrapolation to ITER


Horton,  L. D.
Experimental Plasma Physics 1 (E1), Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Max Planck Society;


Sugihara,  M.
Experimental Plasma Physics 2 (E2), Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Osborne, T. H., Cordey, J. G., Groebner, R. J., Hatae, T., Hubbard, A., Horton, L. D., et al. (2003). Characteristics of the H-mode pedestal and extrapolation to ITER. In Fusion Energy 2002. Vienna: International Atomic Energy Agency.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0027-2D9D-F
The development of a predictive capability for the characteristics of the H-mode pedestal and ELMs is important in predicting tokamak reactor performance. The H-mode pedestal effects core confinement through temperature profile stiffness. The ELM power flux can significantly impact divertor design. We discuss progress in these areas through inter-machine comparison under the venue of the International Tokamak Physics Activity, ITPA. The pressure in the H-mode transport barrier region is typically set by the ELM cycle rather than transport. Several features of the ELM onset conditions are consistent with an ideal peeling-ballooning mode instability: 1) strong shape dependence, 2) mode structure, 3) reduced p' at high collisionality, 4) p' dependence on transport barrier width. Type I ELM energy loss is found to be proportional to the energy in the H-mode pedestal. There is some consistency between the peeling-ballooning mode radial width and the ELM size. Type I ELM energy loss is reduced at high density to levels that would be tolerable in a reactor scale device through reduced conductive loss and possibly shift to a more radially localized instability.