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(EX/P2-09) Potential Formation and Confinement in High Density Plasma on the GAMMA 10 Tandem Mirror

K. Yatsu1), T. Cho1), H. Higaki1), M. Hirata1), H. Hojo1), M. Ichimura1), K. Ishii1), Y. Ishimoto1), A. Itakura1), I. Katanuma1), J. Kohagura1), R. Minami1), Y. Nakashima1), T. Numakura1), T. Saito1), S. Saosaki1), Y. Takemura1), Y. Tatematsu1), M. Yoshida1), M. Yoshikawa1)
1) Plasma Research Center, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan

Abstract.  After the attainment of doubling of the density due to the potential confinement, GAMMA 10 experiments have been directed to realization of a high density plasma and also to study dependence of the confining potential and confinement time on the plasma density. These problems are important to understand the physics of potential formation in tandem mirrors and also for the development of a tandem mirror reactor. We reported high density plasma production by using an ion cyclotron range of frequency heating at a high harmonic frequency in the last IAEA Conference. However, the diamagnetic signal of the high density plasma decreased when electron cyclotron resonance heating (ECRH) was applied due to some instabilities. Recently, the high density plasma production was much improved by adjusting the spacing of the conducting plates installed in the anchor transition regions, which enabled us to produce a high density plasma without degradation of the diamagnetic signal with ECRH and also to study the density dependence. In this paper we report production of a high density plasma and dependence of the confining potential and the confinement time on the density.

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