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

Reconstruction of MHD modes for energetic particle dynamics studies in toroidal equilibria with arbitrary q profiles

23 Oct 2018, 14:00
4h 45m
Mahatma Mandir Conference Centre

Mahatma Mandir Conference Centre

Gandhinagar (nearest Airport: Ahmedabad), India
Poster P2 Posters


Dr Pablo Garcia-Martinez (CONICET - Centro Atomico Bariloche)


The interaction of energetic particles with MHD modes of different types is a major concern for the next generation of experiments involving burning plasmas. This issue arises in different contexts such as particle redistribution due to current driven instabilities (involving or not magnetic reconnection), activation of Alfven eigenmodes (AE) due to wave-particle interaction or loss of confinement caused by neoclassical tearing modes (NTM). The physics involved in these processes is varied and complex. However, the construction of adequate models to study particle redistribution is usually simplified by assuming that the modes affect the particle dynamics through the perturbation of the equilibrium fields. Thus, the knowledge of the total field, equilibrium plus perturbation, produced in each case enables the calculation of the particle redistribution. In previous works, a model employing a fixed equilibrium and internal modes reconstructed from experimental data was developed and successfully applied to study alpha particle redistribution in the presence of kink modes and sawteeth with partial reconnection. To be able to tackle a larger number of problems, in this work, we extend the method to allow for the use of MHD equilibria with arbitrary safety factor (q) profiles. Again, external data either from experiments or simulations may be incorporated to estimate the structure of the modes. The resulting model is flexible and can be employed to study the effect of MHD modes on test particles in a variety of situations. As a first example, the redistribution of energetic particles caused by the sawtooth crash is considered. Several scenarios are investigated including full and partial reconnection in usual tokamak equilibria as well as configurations with an extended region of low magnetic shear at the plasma core.
Paper Number TH/P2-5
Country or International Organization Argentina

Primary author

Dr Pablo Garcia-Martinez (CONICET - Centro Atomico Bariloche)


Dr Agustin Lifschitz (LOA - Ensta-Paristech) Mr Cesar Clauser (CONICET - Instituto Balseiro) Dr Hugo Ferrari (CNEA - CONICET) Dr Marie-Christine Firpo (CNRS - Ecole Polytechnique) Mr Pablo Montes (CONICET - Instituto Balseiro) Dr Ricardo Farengo (Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica)

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