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22-27 October 2018
Mahatma Mandir Conference Centre
Asia/Kolkata timezone

Explaining Cold-Pulse Dynamics in Tokamak Plasmas using Local Turbulent Transport Models

27 Oct 2018, 09:30
Mahatma Mandir Conference Centre

Mahatma Mandir Conference Centre

Gandhinagar (nearest Airport: Ahmedabad), India
Oral EXC - Magnetic Confinement Experiments: Confinement EX/10-TH/8 Transport


Mr Pablo Rodriguez-Fernandez (UsPSFC)


This work demonstrates that cold-pulse phenomena in tokamak plasmas can be fully explained by local transport models [1], including the existence of core temperature inversions at low density and disappearance at high density, thus resolving an enigmatic but universal transient transport phenomenon that has challenged the standard local model of transport for more than twenty years [2]. The TRANSP power balance code coupled with the quasilinear transport model TGLF-SAT1 [3], with a new saturation rule that came about as a consequence of cross-scale coupling physics and that captures the nonlinear upshift of the critical gradient, are shown to fully describe the cold-pulse phenomenology after laser blow-off injections in the Alcator C-Mod tokamak. By means of experimentally-constrained self-consistent modeling of cold-pulse experiments, this work provides the strongest evidence to date that the existence of non-local transport phenomena may not be necessary for explaining the behavior and timescales of cold-pulse experiments in tokamak plasmas. This work was supported by U.S. Department of Energy Award No. DE-FC02-99ER5451, using Alcator C-Mod, a DOE Office of Science User Facility. P.R.F. was also supported by U.S. Department of Energy Award No. DE-SC0014264 and a La Caixa Fellowship. [1] P. Rodriguez-Fernandez et al 2018 (accepted, Phys. Rev. Lett.) [2] K. Ida et al 2015 Nucl. Fusion 55 013022 [3] G.M. Staebler et al 2017 Nucl. Fusion 57 066046
Country or International Organization United States of America
Paper Number EX/10-3

Primary author


Mr Alexander J Creely (UsPSFC) Dr Amanda E Hubbard (UsPSFC) Prof. Anne E White (UsPSFC) Dr Brian A Grierson (UsPPPL) Mr Francesco Sciortino (UsPSFC) Dr Gary M Staebler (UsGA) Dr James H Irby (UsPSFC) Dr Jerry W Hughes (UsPSFC) Dr John E Rice (UsPSFC) Dr Martin J Greenwald (UsPSFC) Dr Nathan T Howard (UsPSFC) Mr Norman M Cao (UsPSFC) Dr Xingqiu Yuan (UsPPPL)

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