Fusion Science and Technology / Volume 56 / Number 3 / October 2009 / Pages 1432-1444
Technical Papers / Tore Supra Special Issue
The main scientific outputs from the Tore Supra ergodic divertor experiments are recalled as well as their theoretical framework. Major references are given for further consideration and in-depth information. The surprising results, such as density pump-out or unaffected electron core temperature, are reported. These have also been observed in the recent edge-localized mode (ELM) control experiments. The understanding of their physics, stemming from experimental and theoretical work, is recalled, although further assessments are still required; this can provide an interesting starting point for the ongoing effort in the ITER framework of the control of ELMs and plasma-wall interaction.