Exploitation of TJ-II

TJ-II is a flexible heliac installed at the National Fusion Laboratory in Spain. Its first plasma run was in 1997, and as of 2022 is still operational. It is a four period low magnetic shear stellarator with major radius R = 1.5 m, average minor radius a < 0.22 m, and magnetic field on axis up to 1.2 T. It is ‘flexible’ because varying the currents in the central circular and helical coils changes the plasma shape and sizes (plasma volume ≈ 0.6 – 1.1 m3). It has 32 toroidal coils (which create the toroidal field), and 4 poloidal coils, and 2 helical coils around the ‘central conductor’. The circular and the helical coils generate a three-dimensional twist of the central axis of the configuration. The central conductor is inside the toroidal coils and the plasma and vacuum vessel form a helix around it. The horizontal position of the plasma is controlled by the vertical field coils. The combined action of these magnetic fields generate bean-shaped magnetic surfaces that guide the particles of the plasma so that they do not collide with the vacuum vessel wall. TJ-II can produce a 0.25-seconds pulse every 7 minutes.

The objective of the experimental program of TJ-II is to investigate the physics of plasmas in a device with a helical magnetic axis having a great flexibility in its magnetic configuration, and to contribute to the international effort regarding the study of magnetic confinement devices for fusion.

In a series of papers, we have performed a comprehensive study of the neoclassical transport of TJ-II, including energy and particle transport as well as transport within the flux-surface. These theoretical predictions have been later thoroughly compared to the experiment for TJ-II discharges, e.g.:

of which the latter were related to impurity transport. The output of TJ-II neoclassical simulations is also the input for experimental or theoretical studies, e.g.:

An overview of the most recent results of TJ-II can be found in:

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