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

Role of NTV particle flux in density pumpout during ELM control by RMP

25 Oct 2018, 08:30
Mahatma Mandir Conference Centre

Mahatma Mandir Conference Centre

Gandhinagar (nearest Airport: Ahmedabad), India
Poster P5 Posters


Dr Yueqiang Liu (General Atomics, PO Box 85608, San Diego, CA 92186-5608, USA)


Edge localized modes (ELMs) release large bursts of heat and particle flux to the plasma facing components in tokamaks, potentially causing significant material erosion in future devices such as ITER. Externally applied three-dimensional (3D) resonant magnetic perturbations (RMP) have been experimentally demonstrated to be effective in tailoring these ELM bursts. A significant yet not well understood phenomenon is the density pumpout effect caused by the RMP field. Understanding physics mechanisms associated with density pumpout is critical to: (i) understand the ELM control itself; (ii) understand RMP induced plasma performance degradation; (iii) provide guidance to ELM control design in ITER. This contribution reports toroidal modelling results of RMP induced density pumpout, based on a self-consistent quasi-linear model implemented into the MARS-Q code. The model combines the resistive plasma response to 3D fields, with the axi-symmetric toroidal momentum and radial particle transport equations. In particular, the radial particle flux includes contributions from that associated with neoclassical toroidal viscosity (NTV). We found that the resonant NTV particle flux, which is significantly enhanced due to Landau resonance between the applied perturbation and the precessional drifts of trapped thermal particles, provides a significant outward particle flux near the pedestal top, where the ExB rotation velocity is small or even crossing zero. Initial value simulations, lasting longer than the momentum and particle confinement times, demonstrate the important role of the NTV particle flux in causing a large fraction of density pumpout. The work was supported by US DoE Office of Science under Contract DE-FG02-95ER54309 and DEFC02-04ER54698.
Country or International Organization United States of America
Paper Number TH/P5-30

Primary author

Dr Yueqiang Liu (General Atomics, PO Box 85608, San Diego, CA 92186-5608, USA)


Dr Alberto Loarte (ITER Organization) Dr Andrew Kirk (Culham Centre for Fusion Energy) Dr Carlos Paz-Soldan (General Atomics) Dr Li Li (College of Science, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620, People’s Republic of China) Paolo Piovesan (Consorzio RFX) Dr Raffi Nazikian (Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory) Dr Wolfgang Suttrop (Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik) Dr Youwen Sun (Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Scienses)

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