Hydrogen control in Alcator C-Mod walls and plasmas

Y. Lin, J. Irby, B. Lipschultz, E. Marmar, S. Wolfe, S. Wukitch, D. Whyte

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The control of the hydrogen fraction in D plasmas [H/(H+D)] is necessary for efficient ICRF minority heating in Alcator C-Mod. Boronizing the chamber when H/(H+D) ∼ 10% would promptly lower H/(H+D) to ∼5%. However, the reduction was transitory when the accumulated boron layer was thick (>6 μm) and with boron nitride tiles protecting the ICRF antennas, indicating that the H buried under a new B layer diffused back to the surface over time. Prior to the 2005 campaign, all boron on molybdenum tiles and surfaces was removed. Boronization was performed only after H/(H+D) was down to
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)920-924
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2007

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