Observation of confined current ribbon in JET plasmas

E. R. Solano, P. J. Lomas, B. Alper, G. S. Xu, Y. Andrew, G. Arnoux, A. Boboc, L. Barrera, P. Belo, M. N.A. Beurskens, M. Brix, K. Crombe, E. De La Luna, S. Devaux, T. Eich, S. Gerasimov, C. Giroud, D. Harting, D. Howell, A. HuberG. Kocsis, A. Korotkov, A. Lopez-Fraguas, M. F.F. Nave, E. Rachlew, F. Rimini, S. Saarelma, A. Sirinelli, S. D. Pinches, H. Thomsen, L. Zabeo, D. Zarzoso

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We report the identification of a localized current structure inside the JET plasma. It is a field-aligned closed helical ribbon, carrying current in the same direction as the background current profile (cocurrent), rotating toroidally with the ion velocity (corotating). It appears to be located at a flat spot in the plasma pressure profile, at the top of the pedestal. The structure appears spontaneously in low density, high rotation plasmas, and can last up to 1.4 s, a time comparable to a local resistive time. It considerably delays the appearance of the first edge localized mode.

Original languageEnglish
Article number185003
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - May 7 2010


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Solano, E. R., Lomas, P. J., Alper, B., Xu, G. S., Andrew, Y., Arnoux, G., Boboc, A., Barrera, L., Belo, P., Beurskens, M. N. A., Brix, M., Crombe, K., De La Luna, E., Devaux, S., Eich, T., Gerasimov, S., Giroud, C., Harting, D., Howell, D., ... Zarzoso, D. (2010). Observation of confined current ribbon in JET plasmas. Physical review letters, 104(18), [185003]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.185003