Publications in Scientific Journals:

F. Ryter, S. Rathgeber, L. Barrera Orte, M. Bernert, G. Conway, R. Fischer, T. Happel, B. Kurzan, R. McDermott, A. Scarabosio, W. Suttrop, E. Viezzer, M. Willensdorfer, E. Wolfrum, . ASDEX Upgrade Team:
"Survey of the H-mode power threshold and transition physics studies in ASDEX Upgrade";
Nuclear Fusion, 53 (2013), 1130031 - 11300312.

English abstract:
An overview of the H-mode threshold power in ASDEX Upgrade which addresses the impact of the tungsten versus
graphite wall, the dependences upon plasma current and density, as well as the influence of the plasma ion mass is
given. Results on the H-L back transition are also presented. Dedicated L-H transition studies with electron heating
at low density, which enable a complete separation of the electron and ion channels, reveal that the ion heat flux is
a key parameter in the L-H transition physics mechanism through the main ion pressure gradient which is itself the
main contribution to the radial electric field and the induced flow shearing at the edge. The electron channel does
not play any role. The 3D magnetic field perturbations used to mitigate the edge-localized modes are found to also
influence the L-H transition and to increase the power threshold. This effect is caused by a flattening of the edge
pressure gradient in the presence of the 3D fields such that the L-H transitions with and without perturbations occur
at the same value of the radial electric field well, but at different heating powers.

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