Recent progress towards SSO of a spherical tokamak (ST) on QUEST is introduced. Zero-dimensional calculations of particle balance for QUEST experiment, refresh wall, and hot wall were performed showing that a SSO time of more than 1000s is required to obtain reliable results in regard to particle balance. Basic features of blobs were investigated in electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) heated plasmas. Formation and maintenance of a single-null divertor configuration was successfully obtained. Plasma duration in the divertor configuration was limited by out-gassing from a non-water-cooled first wall. Design studies for a hot wall are introduced.
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