Progress of the KSTAR Research Program Exploring the Advanced High Performance and Steady-State Plasma Operations

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Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) program is strongly focused on solving the scientific and technological issues in steady-state high performance plasma operation in preparation for ITER operation as well as the design basis for DEMO. In this regards, KSTAR has made significant advances in developing long pulse and high performance plasma scenarios utilizing the advantage of the fully superconducting tokamak. Ten-year of KSTAR operation showed the outstanding progress in the plasma control extending the operation window of the plasma discharges achieving the H-mode up to 1 MA in plasma current, up to 72 s in flat top duration, and up to 2.16 in elongation. In addition to the long pulse discharge, high performance discharges with high betas ((N) 3) could be achieved in the broad range of edge safety factor (q95) without external error field correction. The unique features of the KSTAR device (magnetic accuracy with extremely low error fields, steady-state capable heating systems, in-vessel control coils, and advanced imaging and profile diagnostics) has been fully exploited to explore the unveiled physics as well as to exploring the systematic solution for suppression of edge localized mode (ELM) crash. Achieved examples are the record long pulse of H-mode operation without an ELM crash ( 30 s up to date), and progress in the fundamental transport physics through systematic study using these unique capabilities. Based on the previous research results, intensive research will be followed to explore the advanced high beta operation ((N) 4) with fully suppressed harmful MHD instabilities aiming the integrated solution for DEMO. In this regards, an additional current drive systems and in-vessel structures will be upgraded.
Publisher
KOREAN PHYSICAL SOC
Issue Date
2018-09
Language
English
Article Type
Review
Keywords

NEOCLASSICAL TEARING MODES; CYCLOTRON CURRENT DRIVE; DIII-D; INTERFEROMETER SYSTEM; COMPLETE SUPPRESSION; TOROIDAL ROTATION; ASDEX UPGRADE; TOKAMAK; DESIGN; WAVES

Citation

JOURNAL OF THE KOREAN PHYSICAL SOCIETY, v.73, no.6, pp.712 - 735

ISSN
0374-4884
DOI
10.3938/jkps.73.712
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/246586
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