THE ROLE OF NEUTRALS IN H-MODE PEDESTAL FORMATION

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An analytic model, derived from coupled continuity equations for the electron and neutral deuterium densities, is consistent with many features of edge electron density profiles in the DIII-D tokamak. For an assumed constant particle diffusion coefficient, the model shows that particle transport and neutral fueling produce electron and neutral density profiles that have the same characteristic scale lengths at the plasma edge. For systematic variations of density in H-mode discharges, the model predicts that the width of the electron density transport barrier decreases and the maximum gradient increases, as observed in the experiments. The widths computed from the model agree ... continued below

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GROEBNER, R.J.; MAHDAVI, M.A.; LEONARD, A.W.; OSBORNE, T.H.; PORTER, G.D.; COLCHIN, R.J. et al. November 1, 2001.

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An analytic model, derived from coupled continuity equations for the electron and neutral deuterium densities, is consistent with many features of edge electron density profiles in the DIII-D tokamak. For an assumed constant particle diffusion coefficient, the model shows that particle transport and neutral fueling produce electron and neutral density profiles that have the same characteristic scale lengths at the plasma edge. For systematic variations of density in H-mode discharges, the model predicts that the width of the electron density transport barrier decreases and the maximum gradient increases, as observed in the experiments. The widths computed from the model agree quantitatively with the experimental widths for conditions in which the model is valid. These results support models of transport barrier formation in which the H-mode particle barrier is driven by the edge particle flux and the width of the barrier is approximately the neutral penetration length.

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  • 43rd Annual Meeting of the Division of Plasma Physics, Long Beach, CA (US), 10/29/2001--11/02/2001; Other Information: THIS IS A PREPRINT OF AN INVITED PAPER TO BE PRESENTED AT THE 43RD ANNUAL MEETING OF THE DIVISION OF PLASMA PHYSICS IN LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, OCTOBER 29 THROUGH NOVEMBER 2, 2001, AND TO BE PUBLISHED IN ''PHYSICS PLASMA''

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GROEBNER, R.J.; MAHDAVI, M.A.; LEONARD, A.W.; OSBORNE, T.H.; PORTER, G.D.; COLCHIN, R.J. et al. THE ROLE OF NEUTRALS IN H-MODE PEDESTAL FORMATION, article, November 1, 2001; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc734318/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.