Initial Results from Boron Powder Injection Experiments in WEST Lower Single Null L-mode Plasmas

Bodner, Grant; Gallo, Alberto; Diallo, Ahmed; Lunsford, Robert; Moreau, Philippe; Nagy, Alex; Pellissier, Francis-Pierre; Guillemaut, Christophe; Gunn, James; Bourdelle, Clarisse; Desgranges, Corinne; Manas, Pierre; Bortolon, Alessandro; Klepper, Christopher; Tsitrone, Emanuelle; Unterberg, Ezekial; Vermare, Laure
Issue date: 2022
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Bodner, Grant, Gallo, Alberto, Diallo, Ahmed, Lunsford, Robert, Moreau, Philippe, Nagy, Alex, Pellissier, Francis-Pierre, Guillemaut, Christophe, Gunn, James, Bourdelle, Clarisse, Desgranges, Corinne, Manas, Pierre, Bortolon, Alessandro, Klepper, Christopher, Tsitrone, Emanuelle, Unterberg, Ezekial, & Vermare, Laure. (2022). Initial Results from Boron Powder Injection Experiments in WEST Lower Single Null L-mode Plasmas [Data set]. Princeton University.
  author      = {Bodner, Grant and
                Gallo, Alberto and
                Diallo, Ahmed and
                Lunsford, Robert and
                Moreau, Philippe and
                Nagy, Alex and
                Pellissier, Francis-Pierre and
                Guillemaut, Christophe and
                Gunn, James and
                Bourdelle, Clarisse and
                Desgranges, Corinne and
                Manas, Pierre and
                Bortolon, Alessandro and
                Klepper, Christopher and
                Tsitrone, Emanuelle and
                Unterberg, Ezekial and
                Vermare, Laure},
  title       = {{Initial Results from Boron Powder Inject
                ion Experiments in WEST Lower Single Nul
                l L-mode Plasmas}},
  publisher   = {{Princeton University}},
  year        = 2022

Using a recently installed impurity powder dropper (IPD), boron powder (< 150 μm) was injected into lower single null (LSN) L-mode discharges in WEST. IPDs possibly enable real-time wall conditioning of the plasma-facing components and may help to facilitate H-mode access in the full-tungsten environment of WEST. The discharges in this experiment featured Ip = 0.5 MA, BT = 3.7 T, q95 = 4.3, tpulse = 12–30 s, ne,0 ~ 4×1019 m-2, and PLHCD ~ 4.5 MW. Estimates of the deuterium and impurity particle fluxes, derived from a combination of visible spectroscopy measurements and their corresponding S/XB coefficients, showed decreases of ~ 50% in O+, N+, and C+ populations during powder injection and a moderate reduction of these low-Z impurities (~ 50%) and W (~ 10%) in the discharges that followed powder injection. Along with the improved wall conditions, WEST discharges with B powder injection observed improved confinement, as the stored energy WMHD, neutron rate, and electron temperature Te increased significantly (10–25% for WMHD and 60–200% for the neutron rate) at constant input power. These increases in confinement scale up with the powder drop rate and are likely due to the suppression of ion temperature gradient (ITG) turbulence from changes in Zeff and/or modifications to the electron density profile.

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