Initial results of helium ash experiment in the JT-60 lower divertor

Hiroo Nakamura, Kenji Tobita, Toshio Hirayama, Yoshihiko Koide, Takashi Arai, Masaaki Kuriyama, Hirotaka Kubo, Yoshinori Kusama, Tatsuo Sugie, Masayoshi Sugihara, Tomonori Takizuka, Keiji Tani, Shin Yamamoto

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Helium ash exhaust characteristics have been studied in the JT-60 lower divertor with ohmic heating (OH) and neutral beam heating (NBH) of PNB ≲ 18 MW and IP = 1 MA. Helium fueling was done by gas puff. The divertor neutral pressures of hydrogen (H2) and helium were measured by a residual gas mass analyzer. The helium enrichment in the divertor was also measured. In OH discharges with helium gas puff, no buildup of helium neutral pressure was observed and helium was depleted. On the other hand, in NBH discharges with helium gas puff, although enrichment of helium is not observed, the neutral pressures of H2 and helium increase in proportion to ne2 Approximately ne3. The density dependence of the helium neutral pressures in NBH discharges is promising for efficient helium ash exhaust in fusion reactors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)578-582
Number of pages5
JournalFusion Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1990


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