Study of the Effects of Neutrals in Alcator C-Mod Plasmas

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Recently, much effort has been dedicated to understanding the bifurcation involved in the transition from a low to high confinement regime. While several theories have been brought forward, many factors remain to be elucidated, one of which involves the role played by neutral particles in the evolution of a transport barrier near the edge of the plasma. Alcator C-Mod is especially well suited for the study of neutral particle effects, mainly because of its high plasma and neutral densities, and closed divertor geometry. Alcator C-Mod employs ICRF as auxiiiary heating for obtaining a high confinement regime, although ohmic H-modes are ... continued below

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Boivin, R.L.; Boswell, C.; Goetz, J.A.; Hubbard, A.E.; Irby, J.; LaBombard, B. et al. June 14, 1999.

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Recently, much effort has been dedicated to understanding the bifurcation involved in the transition from a low to high confinement regime. While several theories have been brought forward, many factors remain to be elucidated, one of which involves the role played by neutral particles in the evolution of a transport barrier near the edge of the plasma. Alcator C-Mod is especially well suited for the study of neutral particle effects, mainly because of its high plasma and neutral densities, and closed divertor geometry. Alcator C-Mod employs ICRF as auxiiiary heating for obtaining a high confinement regime, although ohmic H-modes are routinely obtained as well. The neutrals can enter the edge dynamics through the particle, momentum and energy balance. In the particle balance, the source of neutrals has to be evaluated vis-8-vis the formation of the edge density pedestal. It is widely believed that plasma rotation is an important factor in reducing transport. In this case, neutrals could act as a momentum sink, through the charge-exchange process. That same process can also modify the energy balance of the plasma near the edge by increasing the cross-field heat flux. These effects are quite difficult to measure experimentally, in large part because neutral particle diagnosis is not an easy task, and because of the inherent 3-dimensional aspect of the problem. Consequently, the neutral�s spatial and energy distributions are usually not well known. In Alcator C-Mod, we recently implemented a series of diagnostics for the purpose of measuring these distributions. They include measurements of the neutral pressure at many locations around the tokamak, and spatially resolved measurements of Lyman-a and charge-exchange power emission. A high-resolution multichord (20 channels) tangential view of neutral deuterium emission (Lyman-a) has been recently installed near the midplane. The viewing area covers approximately 4 cm across the separatrix, with a nominal 2 mm radial resolution. Standard Abel inversion techniques give the local Lyman-a emission. In conjunction with electron density and temperature, we can infer the local ionization rate and neutral density profiles. Two types of bolometer arrays ( 16 channels each), one being sensitive and the other insensitive to power carried by neutrals, view the plasma cross-section, tangentially at the midplane of the tokamak. By Abel inverting the difference between the 2 measurements, we infer the local power emissivity carried by neutrals[11].

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  • 26th EPS Conference on Controlled Fusion and Plasma Physics, Maastrich, Czechoslovakia, June 14-18, 1999

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  • Report No.: ORNL/CP-103451
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Boivin, R.L.; Boswell, C.; Goetz, J.A.; Hubbard, A.E.; Irby, J.; LaBombard, B. et al. Study of the Effects of Neutrals in Alcator C-Mod Plasmas, article, June 14, 1999; Oak Ridge, Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc734012/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.