The characteristics of plasma operation on the axisymmetric inner toroidal limiter in TFTR are described. After conditioning, plasmas with low metal content and low zeff are obtained with this limiter. There is no substantial increase in zeff with total input power during neutral beam injection. Compared to operation on the outer blade limiter, additional gas is required to fuel plasmas on the inner limiter. Injection of D pellets increased the plasma density substantially and produced energy confinement times up to 0.5 s in ohmically heated plasmas. The four neutral beam lines have injected up to 13.5 MW total power into the plasma for 0.5 s with up to 90 kV accelerating voltage. The scaling of the plasma stored energy was studied as a function of the input power, plasma current and plasma density. In the range 1.4 to 2.2 MA, the overall and incremental confinement times for both the total and thermal stored energies increase with plasma current at fixed density. There appears to be a weak negative scaling of the total stored energy with density at high injection power.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering
- Condensed Matter Physics