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Volume 277, 202321st Joint Workshop on Electron Cyclotron Emission and Electron Cyclotron Resonance Heating (EC21)
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Electron temperature fluctuation measurements with Correlation Electron Cyclotron Emission in L-mode and I-mode plasmas at ASDEX Upgrade
Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
2 Max Plank Institute for Plasma Physics, 85748 Garching, Germany
3 Department E28, Technical University of Munich, 85748 Garching, Germany
4 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Swiss Plasma Center, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 See author list of U. Stroth et al. 2022 Nucl. Fusion 62 042006
Published online: 23 February 2023
The Correlation Electron Cyclotron Emission (CECE) diagnostic at ASDEX Upgrade (AUG) is used to investigate the features of outer core and pedestal (ρpol = 0.85-1.0) turbulence across confinement regime transitions. The I-mode confinement regime is a promising operational scenario for future fusion reactors because it features high energy confinement without high particle confinement, but the nature of the edge and pedestal turbulence in I-mode plasmas is still under investigation. The edge Weakly Coherent Mode (WCM) appears in the I-mode pedestal and may play a role in transport. In this work we explore electron temperature (Te) fluctuations in the plasma outer core and pedestal using a 24-channel high radial resolution CECE radiometer. CECE measurements provide turbulence information including the Te fluctuation amplitude, turbulent spectra, and radial localization of turbulent features. With CECE measurements we show that the WCM is localized in the pedestal region in both L-mode and I-mode and is measured in optically thick plasmas with a Te fluctuation amplitude of 2.3%. Broadband drift wave turbulence is measured in the outer core with a Te fluctuation amplitude of <1%. A second CECE system recently installed at AUG allowed for non-standard fluctuation measurements during L-mode and I-mode experiments. The second CECE system was toroidally separated from the primary system, allowing measurements of the long-range toroidal correlation of the WCM indicating its low toroidal mode number. A reflectometer sharing a line of sight with the second CECE system enabled density-temperature cross-phase (αne Te ) measurements. The WCM αne Te changes between L-mode and I-mode as the Te gradient steepens.
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