In–out impurity density asymmetry in the pedestal region of Alcator C-Mod

Measurements are presented of the boron (B5+) density in the pedestal region at the low-field side (LFS) midplane and the high-field side (HFS) midplane of Alcator C-Mod. In H-mode plasmas, a large (>=10x) in–out asymmetry in impurity density forms, with larger densities at the HFS. In contrast, there is no impurity density asymmetry in L-mode or I-mode plasmas. A comparison of pedestal parameters in H-mode plasmas shows that the HFS impurity density pedestal width and position remain fairly fixed over a range of plasma conditions, while the LFS pedestal width widens, and the pedestal position shifts in towards the core as the plasma current is lowered, indicating a change in the underlying transport.

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Nuclear Fusion, 53, 12202

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