Rapid changes of the main ion energy distribution at transitions from L to H, H to L, and during edge localized modes (ELMs) are studied with the time-of-flight neutral measurement on the JFT-2M tokamak. At the L to H transition, 200400 s prior to the start of the H drop, an increase of the high-energy outflux above an energy of 200 eV is observed. An energy of more than 200 eV for hydrogen corresponds to the collisionless condition *i<1 just inside the separatrix. A change of the energy distribution preceding that of the H signal is also found for ELMs.
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