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Divertor particle exhaust and wall inventory on DIII-D

Description: Many tokamaks achieve optimum plasma performance by achieving low recycling; various wall conditioning techniques including helium glow discharge cleaning (HeGDC) are routinely applied to help achieve low recycling. Many of these techniques allow strong, transient wall pumping, but they may not be effective for long-pulse tokamaks, such as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), the Tokamak Physics Experiment (TPX), Tore Supra Continu, and JT-60SU. Continuous particle exhaust using an in-situ pumping scheme may be effective for wall inventory control in such devices. Recent particle balance experiments on the Tore Supra and DIII-D tokamaks demonstrated that the wall particle inventory could be reduced during a given discharge by use of continuous particle exhaust. In this paper the authors report the first results of wall inventory control and good performance with the in-situ DIII-D cryopump, replacing the HeGDC normally applied between discharges.
Date: September 1, 1995
Creator: Maingi, R.; Jackson, G.L.; Mahdavi, M.A.; Schaffer, M.J.; Wade, M.R.; Mioduszewski, P.K. et al.
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Direct measurement of divertor exhaust neo enrichment in DIII-D

Description: We report first direct measurements of divertor exhaust gas impurity enrichment, {eta}{sub exh}=(exhaust impurity concentration){divided_by}(core impurity concentration), for both unpumped and D{sub 2} puff-with-divertor-pump conditions. The experiment was performed with neutral beam heated, ELMing H-mode, single-null diverted deuterium plasmas with matched core and exhaust parameters in the DIII-D tokamak. Neon gas impurity was puffed into the divertor. Neon density was measured in the exhaust by a specially modified Penning gauge and in the core by absolute charge exchange recombination spectroscopy. Neon particle accounting indicates that much of the puffed neon entered a temporary unmeasured reservoir, inferred to be the graphite divertor target, which makes direct measurements necessary to calculate divertor enrichments. D{sub 2} puff into the SOL (scrape-off layer) with pumping increased {eta}{sub exh} threefold over either unpumped conditions or D{sub 2} puff directly into the divertor with pumping. These results show that SOL flow plays an important role in divertor exhaust impurity enrichment.
Date: June 1, 1996
Creator: Schaffer, M.J.; Wade, M.R.; Maingi, R.; Monier-Garbet, P.; West, W.P.; Whyte, D.G. et al.
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Scientific basis and engineering design to accommodate disruption and halo current loads for the DIII-D tokamak

Description: Plasma disruptions and halo current events apply sudden impulsive forces to the interior structures and vacuum vessel walls of tokamaks. These forces arise when induced toroidal currents and attached poloidal halo currents in plasma facing components interact with the poloidal and toroidal magnetic fields respectively. Increasing understanding of plasma disruptions and halo current events has been developed from experiments on DIII-D and other machines. Although the understanding has improved, these events must be planned for in system design because there is no assurance that these events can be eliminated in the operation of tokamaks. Increased understanding has allowed an improved focus of engineering designs.
Date: October 1996
Creator: Anderson, P. M.; Bozek, A. S.; Hollerbach, M. A.; Humphreys, D. A.; Luxon, J. L.; Reis, E. E. et al.
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Plasma pressure and flows during divertor detachment

Description: MHD theory applied to tokamak plasma scrape-off layer (SOL) equilibria requires Pfirsch-Schlueter current, which, because the magnetic lines are open, normally closes through electrically conducting divertor or limiter components. During detached divertor operation the Pfirsch-Schlueter current path to the divertor target is sometimes blocked, in which case theory predicts that the plasma develops a poloidal pressure gradient around the upstream SOL and a corresponding parallel flow, in order to satisfy all the conditions of MHD equilibrium. This paper reports the only known examples of detached diverted plasma in the DIII-D tokamak with blocked Pfirsch-Schlueter current, and they show no clear SOL poloidal pressure differences. However, the predicted pressure differences are small, near the limit of detectability with the available diagnostics. In the more usual DIII-D partially detached divertor operation mode, the Pfirsch-Schlueter current appears to never be blocked, and no unusual poloidal pressure differences are observed, as expected. Finally, a local overpressure is observed just inside the magnetic separatrix near the X-point in both attached and detached Ohmically heated plasmas.
Date: August 1, 1998
Creator: Schaffer, M.J.; Brooks, N.H.; Boedo, J.A.; Isler, R.C. & Moyer, R.A.
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Plasma flow in the DIII-D divertor

Description: Indications that flows in the divertor can exhibit complex behavior have been obtained from 2-D modeling but so far remain mostly unconfirmed by experiment. An important feature of flow physics is that of flow reversal. Flow reversal has been predicted analytically and it is expected when the ionization source arising from neutral or impurity ionization in the divertor region is large, creating a high pressure zone. Plasma flows arise to equilibrate the pressure. A radiative divertor regime has been proposed in order to reduce the heat and particle fluxes to the divertor target plates. In this regime, the energy and momentum of the plasma are dissipated into neutral gas introduced in the divertor region, cooling the plasma by collisional, radiative and other atomic processes so that the plasma becomes detached from the target plates. These regimes have been the subject of extensive studies in DIII-D to evaluate their energy and particle transport properties, but only recently it has been proposed that the energy transport over large regions of the divertor must be dominated by convection instead of conduction. It is therefore important to understand the role of the plasma conditions and geometry on determining the region of convection-dominated plasma in order to properly control the heat and particle fluxes to the target plates and hence, divertor performance. The authors have observed complex structures in the deuterium ion flows in the DIII-D divertor. Features observed include reverse flow, convective flow over a large volume of the divertor and stagnant flow. They have measured large gradients in the plasma potential across the separatrix in the divertor and determined that these gradients induce poloidal flows that can potentially affect the particle balance in the divertor.
Date: July 1998
Creator: Boedo, J. A.; Porter, G. D. & Schaffer, M. J.
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Poloidal pressure gradients, divertor detachment and marfes

Description: Because the radiation power density from a marfe scales approximately as the square of its plasma pressure, and since increased radiation would aid divertor detachment for high power tokamaks, this paper identifies regions that might permit locally increased plasma pressure in steady state. The magnetic and dynamic (flow) constraints of magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD) are examined for self-consistent locally increased pressure equilibria, in both the magnetically open tokamak scrape-off layer (SOL) and the closed surfaces just inside the last closed flux surface. In most tokamak geometries it is difficult to recycle particles at a sufficient rate to sustain high pressure marfes, but they might be possible near a divertor X-point.
Date: November 1, 1997
Creator: Schaffer, M.J.
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Helical-D pinch

Description: A stabilized pinch configuration is described, consisting of a D-shaped plasma cross section wrapped tightly around a guiding axis. The {open_quotes}helical-D{close_quotes} geometry produces a very large axial (toroidal) transform of magnetic line direction that reverses the pitch of the magnetic lines without the need of azimuthal (poloidal) plasma current. Thus, there is no need of a {open_quotes}dynamo{close_quotes} process and its associated fluctuations. The resulting configuration has the high magnetic shear and pitch reversal of the reversed field pinch (RFP). (Pitch = P = qR, where R = major radius). A helical-D pinch might demonstrate good confinement at q << 1.
Date: August 1, 1997
Creator: Schaffer, M.J.
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Modeling of DIII-D noble gas puff and pump experiments

Description: Previous DIII-D experiments that induced a D{sup +} flow in the scrap-off layer (SOL) showed that this flow increased the divertor concentration of extrinsically injected impurities (neon, argon). These impurity fueling and exhaust (or puff and pump) experiments raise a number of modeling issues: the effect of edge-localized modes (ELMs) in regulating impurity core accumulation; the particle balance of the extrinsic impurities; the relation between divertor and plenum enrichment; and the effect of features unique to the present DIII-D Advanced Divertor configuration, specifically, the localized back-conductance of D{sub 2} and impurities from the baffle plenum in the outboard divertor region. To aid in understanding the relations between these processes, models have been improved: for core impurity transport to include ELM effects, and for divertor models to treat helium, neon, and argon transport with DIII-D--specific configuration effects. The models have been used to analyze a series of experiments in which neon and argon were first continuously injected (in the divertor private flux region) for 1.5 s, and then exhausted by the DIII-D cryopumping system. Deuterium was puffed at rates of 80 Torr L/s and 150 Torr L/s from the midplane and the divertor private region in these experiments. Results of the simulations are given.
Date: August 1, 1997
Creator: Hogan, J.T.; Wade, M.; Maingi, R.; Owen, L.; Schaffer, M. & West, P.
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Measurements of flows in the DIII-D divertor by Mach probes

Description: First measurements of Mach number of background plasma in the DIII-D divertor are presented in conjunction with temperature T{sub e} and density n{sub e} using a fast scanning probe array. To validate the probe measurements, the authors compared the T{sub e}, n{sub e} and J{sub sat} data to Thomson scattering data and find good overall agreement in attached discharges and some discrepancy for T{sub e} and n{sub e} in detached discharges. The discrepancy is mostly due to the effect of large fluctuations present during detached plasmas on the probe characteristic; the particle flux is accurately measured in every case. A composite 2-D map of measured flows is presented for an ELMing H-mode discharge and they focus on some of the details. They have also documented the temperature, density and Mach number in the private flux region of the divertor and the vicinity of the X-point, which are important transition regions that have been little studied or modeled. Background parallel plasma flows and electric fields in the divertor region show a complex structure.
Date: June 1, 1998
Creator: Boedo, J.A.; Lehmer, R.; Moyer, R.A.; Watkins, J.G.; Porter, G.D.; Evans, T.E. et al.
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High Performance Plasmas on the National Spherical Torus Experiment

Description: The National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) has produced toroidal plasmas at low aspect ratio (A = R/a = 0.86 m/0.68 m approximately equal to 1.3, where R is the major radius and a is the minor radius of the torus) with plasma currents of 1.4 MA. The rapid development of the machine has led to very exciting physics results during the first full year of physics operation. Pulse lengths in excess of 0.5 sec have been obtained with inductive current drive. Up to 4 MW of High Harmonic Fast Wave (HHFW) heating power has been applied with 6 MW planned. Using only 2 MW of HHFW heating power clear evidence of electron heating is seen with HHFW, as observed by the multi-point Thomson scattering diagnostic. A noninductive current drive concept known as Coaxial Helicity Injection (CHI) has driven 260 kA of toroidal current. Neutral-beam heating power of 5 MW has been injected. Plasmas with beta toroidal (= 2 mu(subscript ''0'')&lt;p&gt;/B(superscript ''2'') = a measure of magnetic confinement efficiency ) of 22% have been achieved, as calculated using the EFIT equilibrium reconstruction code. Beta-limiting phenomena have been observed, and the maximum beta toroidal scales with I(subscript ''p'')/aB(subscript ''t''). High frequency (&gt;MHz) magnetic fluctuations have been observed. High-confinement mode plasmas are observed with confinement times of &gt;100 msec. Beam-heated plasmas show energy confinement times in excess of those predicted by empirical scaling expressions. Ion temperatures in excess of 2.0 keV have been measured, and power balance suggests that the power loss from the ions to the electrons may exceed the calculated classical input power to the ions.
Date: July 10, 2001
Creator: Gates, D.A.; Bell, M.G.; Bell, R.E.; Bialek, J.; Bigelow, T.; Bitter, M. et al.
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Initial Results from Coaxial Helicity Injection Experiments in NSTX

Description: Coaxial Helicity Injection (CHI) has been investigated on the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX). Initial experiments produced 130 kA of toroidal current without the use of the central solenoid. The corresponding injector current was 20 kA. Discharges with pulse lengths up to 130 ms have been produced.
Date: May 10, 2001
Creator: Raman, R.; Jarboe, T.R.; Mueller, D.; Schaffer, M.J.; Maqueda, R.; Nelson, B.A. et al.
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Demonstration of the ITER Power Exhaust Solution Using the Puff and Pump Technique on DIII-D

Description: In future, high power density fusion devices, the need to prevent excessive local deposition of the plasma energy efflux on the first-wall surfaces is a critical design consideration in order to maintain the integrity of such surfaces. This requirement must be met without significant impact on plasma purity or overall plasma confinement. For the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), these constraints have led to the following design criteria [1] P{sub rad}/(P{sub input} + P{sub {alpha}}) = 83%, P{sub rad,core}/(P{sub input} + P{sub {alpha}}) = 33%, P{sub target}/P{sub loss} = 17%, Z{sub eff} &lt; 1.8, and {tau}{sub E}/{tau}{sub E,ITER93H} &gt; 0.85. Here, P{sub loss} is the power flowing out of the core (i.e., P{sub input} + P{sub {alpha}} - P{sub rad,core})and P{sub target} is the power conducted to the target plate. These criteria represent a compromise between obtaining sufficient radiation to reduce the target heat load to a tolerable level, minimizing core fuel dilution, and maintaining sufficient power flow through the edge plasma to maintain H-mode confinement. Past experiments have had difficulty achieving these conditions simultaneously when using seeded impurities, and therefore there has been some concern regarding the viability of the ITER design. However, recent experiments in DIII-D using the puff and pump technique with argon as the seeded impurity have demonstrated the compatibility of these design constraints. In particular, steady-state plasma conditions have been achieved with P{sub rad}/P{sub input} = 72%, P{sub rad,core}/P{sub input} = 16%, P{sub target}/P{sub loss} = 17%, Z{sub eff} = 1.85, and {tau}{sub E}/{tau}{sub E,ITER93H} = 1.05.
Date: July 1, 1999
Creator: Wade, M.R.; West, W.P.; Hill, D.N.; Allen, S.L.; Boedo, J.A.; Brooks, N.H. et al.
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Noninductive Current Generation in NSTX using Coaxial Helicity Injection

Description: Coaxial Helicity Injection (CHI) on the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) has produced 240 kA of toroidal current without the use of the central solenoid. Values of the current multiplication ratio (CHI produced toroidal current/injector current) up to 10 were obtained, in agreement with predictions. The discharges which lasted for up to 200 ms, limited only by the programmed waveform, are more than an order of magnitude longer in duration that any CHI discharges previously produced in a Spheromak or a Spherical Torus (ST).
Date: May 10, 2001
Creator: Raman, R.; Jarboe, T.R.; Mueller, D.; Schaffer, M.J.; Maqueda, R.; Nelson, B.A. et al.
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Divertor E X B Plasma Convection in DIII-D

Description: Extensive two-dimensional measurements of plasma potential in the DIII-D tokamak divertor region are reported for standard (ion VB{sub T} drift toward divertor X-point) and reversed B{sub T} directions; for low (L) and high (H) confinement modes; and for partially detached divertor mode. The data are consistent with recent computational modeling identifying E x B{sub T} circulation, due to potentials sustained by plasma gradients, as the main cause of divertor plasma sensitivity to B{sub T} direction.
Date: July 1, 1999
Creator: Boedo, J.A.; Schaffer, M.J.; Maingi, M.; Lasnier, C.J. & Watkins, J.G.
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Description: During 1998, the General Atomics (GA) ARIES-Spherical Torus (ST) team examined several critical issues related to the physics performance of the ARIES-ST design, and a number of suggestions were made concerning possible improvements in performance. These included specification of a reference plasma equilibrium, optimization about the reference equilibrium to achieve higher beta limits, examination of three possible schemes for plasma initiation, development of a detailed scenario for ramp-up of the plasma current and pressure to its full, final operating values, an assessment of the requirement for electron confinement, and several suggestions for divertor heat flux reduction. The reference equilibrium was generated using the TOQ code, with the specification of a 100%, self-consistent bootstrap current. The equilibrium has {beta} = 51%, 10% below the stability limit (a margin specified by the ARIES-ST study). In addition, a series of intermediate equilibria were defined, corresponding to the ramp-up scenario discussed. A study of the influence of shaping on ARIES-ST performance indicates that significant improvement in both kink and ballooning stability can be obtained by modest changes in the squareness of the plasma. In test equilibria the ballooning beta limit is increased from 58% to 67%. Also the maximum allowable plasma-wall separation for kink stability can be increased by 30%. Three schemes were examined for noninductive plasma initiation. These are helicity injection (HICD), electron cyclotron heating (ECH)-assisted startup, and inductive startup using only the external equilibrium coils. HICD startup experiments have been done on the HIT and CDX devices. ECH-assisted startup has been demonstrated on CDX-U and DIII-D. External coil initiation is based on calculations for a proposed DIII-D experiment. In all cases, plasma initiation and preparation of an approximately 0.3 MA plasma for ARIES-ST appears entirely feasible.
Date: April 1, 1999
Creator: CHAN, V.S.; LAO, L.L.; LIN-LIU, Y.R.; MILLER, R.L.; PETRIE, T.W.; POLITZER, P.A. et al.
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Description: Changes in the divertor magnetic balance in DIII-D H-mode plasmas affects core, edge, and divertor plasma behavior. Both the pedestal density n{sub e,PED} and plasma stored energy W{sub T} were sensitive to changes in magnetic balance near the double-null (DN) configuration, e.g., both decreased 20%-30% when the DN shifted to a slightly unbalanced DN, where the B x {del}B drift direction pointed away from the main X-point. Recycling at each of the four divertor targets was sensitive to changes in magnetic balance and the B x {del}B drift direction. The poloidal distribution of the recycling in DN is in qualitative agreement with the predictions of UEDGE modeling with particle drifts included. The particle flux at the inner divertor target is shown to be much more sensitive to magnetic balance than the particle flux at the outer divertor target near the DN shape. These results suggest possible advantages and drawbacks for balanced DN operation.
Date: June 1, 2002
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Progress Towards High Performance, Steady-state Spherical Torus

Description: Research on the Spherical Torus (or Spherical Tokamak) is being pursued to explore the scientific benefits of modifying the field line structure from that in more moderate aspect-ratio devices, such as the conventional tokamak. The Spherical Tours (ST) experiments are being conducted in various U.S. research facilities including the MA-class National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) at Princeton, and three medium-size ST research facilities: Pegasus at University of Wisconsin, HIT-II at University of Washington, and CDX-U at Princeton. In the context of the fusion energy development path being formulated in the U.S., an ST-based Component Test Facility (CTF) and, ultimately a Demo device, are being discussed. For these, it is essential to develop high-performance, steady-state operational scenarios. The relevant scientific issues are energy confinement, MHD stability at high beta (B), noninductive sustainment, ohmic-solenoid-free start-up, and power and particle handling. In the confinement area, the NSTX experiments have shown that the confinement can be up to 50% better than the ITER-98-pby2 H-mode scaling, consistent with the requirements for an ST-based CTF and Demo. In NSTX, CTF-relevant average toroidal beta values bT of up to 35% with the near unity central betaT have been obtained. NSTX will be exploring advanced regimes where bT up to 40% can be sustained through active stabilization of resistive wall modes. To date, the most successful technique for noninductive sustainment in NSTX is the high beta-poloidal regime, where discharges with a high noninductive fraction ({approx}60% bootstrap current + neutral-beam-injected current drive) were sustained over the resistive skin time. Research on radio-frequency-based heating and current drive utilizing HHFW (High Harmonic Fast Wave) and EBW (Electron Bernstein Wave) is also pursued on NSTX, Pegasus, and CDX-U. For noninductive start-up, the Coaxial Helicity Injection (CHI), developed in HIT/HIT-II, has been adopted on NSTX to test the method up to Ip {approx} ...
Date: October 2, 2003
Creator: Ono, M.; Bell, M.G.; Bell, R.E.; Bigelow, T.; Bitter, M.; Blanchard, W. et al.
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Description: Intermittent plasma objects (IPOs) featuring higher pressure than the surrounding plasma, and responsible for {approx}50% of the E x B{sub T} radial transport, are observed in the scrape-off layer (SOL) and edge of the DIII-D tokamak. The skewness of probe and BES intermittent data suggest IPO formation at or near the last closed flux surface (LCFS) and the existence of hole-IPO pairs. The particle content of the IPOs at the LCFS is linearly dependent on the discharge density, however, when normalized to the local averaged density, it is fairly insensitive to density variations. It is also shown that the IPOs thermalize with the background plasma within 1 cm of the LCFS. The IPOs appear in the SOL of both L and H mode discharges carrying {approx}50% of the total SOL radial E x B{sub T} transport at all radii. However, the total flux and the IPO contribution, are highly reduced in H-mode conditions due to the increased confinement.
Date: June 1, 2002
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The National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) Research Program and Progress Towards High Beta, Long Pulse Operating Scenarios

Description: A major research goal of the National Spherical Torus Experiment is establishing long-pulse, high-beta, high-confinement operation and its physics basis. This research has been enabled by facility capabilities developed over the last two years, including neutral-beam (up to 7 MW) and high-harmonic fast-wave heating (up to 6 MW), toroidal fields up to 6 kG, plasma currents up to 1.5 MA, flexible shape control, and wall preparation techniques. These capabilities have enabled the generation of plasmas with &lt;beta {sub T}&gt; up to 35%. Normalized beta values often exceed the no wall limit, and studies suggest that passive wall mode stabilization is enabling this for broad pressure profiles characteristic of H-mode plasmas. The viability of long, high bootstrap-current fraction operations has been established for ELMing H-mode plasmas with toroidal beta values in excess of 15% and sustained for several current relaxation times. Improvements in wall conditioning and fueling are likely contributing to a reduction in H-mode power thresholds. Electron thermal conduction is the dominant thermal loss channel in auxiliary-heated plasmas examined thus far. High-harmonic fast-wave (HHFW) effectively heats electrons, and its acceleration of fast beam ions has been observed. Evidence for HHFW current drive is by comparing of the loop voltage evolution in plasmas with matched density and temperature profiles but varying phases of launched HHFW waves. A peak heat flux of 10 MW/m superscript ''2'' has been measured in the H-mode, with large asymmetries in the power deposition being observed between the inner and outer strike points. Noninductive plasma start-up studies have focused on coaxial helicity injection. With this technique, toroidal currents up to 400 kA have been driven, and studies to assess flux closure and coupling to other current-drive techniques have begun.
Date: October 15, 2002
Creator: Synakowski, E. J.; Bell, M. G.; Bell, R. E.; Bigelow, T.; Bitter, M.; Blanchard, W. et al.
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Description: Detailed measurements in two dimensions by probes and Thomson scattering reveal unexpected local electric potential and electron pressure (p{sub e}) maxima near the divertor X-point in L-mode plasmas in the DIII-D tokamak [J.L. Luxon and L.G. Davis, Fusion Technol. 8, 441 (1985)]. The potential drives E x B circulation about the X-point, thereby exchanging plasma between closed and open magnetic surfaces at rates that can be comparable to the total cross-separatrix transport. The potential is consistent with the classical parallel Ohm's law. A simple model is proposed to explain the pressure and potential hills in low power, nearly detached plasmas. Recent two-dimensional edge transport modeling with plasma drifts also shows X-point pressure and potential hills but by a different mechanism. These experimental and theoretical results demonstrate that low power tokamak plasmas can be far from poloidal uniformity in a boundary layer just inside the separatrix. Additional data, though preliminary and incomplete, suggest that E x B circulation across the separatrix might be a common feature of low confinement behavior.
Date: November 1, 2000
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Recent Progress on the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX)

Description: Recent upgrades to the NSTX facility have led to improved plasma performance. Using 5MW of neutral beam injection, plasmas with toroidal {beta}{sub T} (= 2{micro}{sub 0}&lt;p&gt;/B{sub T}{sup 2} where B{sub T} is the vacuum toroidal field at the plasma geometric center) &gt; 30% have been achieved with normalized {beta}{sub N} (= {beta}{sub T}aB{sub I}/I{sub p}) {approx} 6% {center_dot} m {center_dot} T/MA.. The highest {beta} discharge exceeded the calculated no-wall {beta} limit for several wall times. The stored energy has reached 390kJ at higher toroidal field (0.55T) corresponding to {beta}{sub T} {approx} 20% and {beta}{sub N} = 5.4. Long pulse ({approx}1s) high {beta}{sub p} ({approx}1.5) discharges have also been obtained at higher {beta}{sub {phi}} (0.5T) with up to 6MW NBI power. The highest energy confinement times, up to 120ms, were observed during H-mode operation which is now routine. Confinement times of {approx}1.5 times ITER98pby2 for several {tau}{sub E} are observed during both H-Mode and non-H-Mode discharges. Calculations indicate that many NSTX discharges have very good ion confinement, approaching neoclassical levels. High Harmonic Fast Wave current drive has been demonstrated by comparing discharges with waves launched parallel and anti-parallel to the plasma current.
Date: July 2, 2002
Creator: Gates, D. A.; Bell, M. G.; Bell, R. E.; Bialek, J.; Bigelow, T.; Bitter, M. et al.
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Observation of SOL Current Correlated with MHD Activity in NBI-heated DIII-D Tokamak Discharges

Description: This work investigates the potential roles played by the scrape-off-layer current (SOLC) in MHD activity of tokamak plasmas, including effects on stability. SOLCs are found during MHD activity that are: (1) slowly growing after a mode-locking-like event, (2) oscillating in the several kHz range and phase-locked with magnetic and electron temperature oscillations, (3) rapidly growing with a sub-ms time scale during a thermal collapse and a current quench, and (4) spiky in temporal behavior and correlated with spiky features in Da signals commonly identified with the edge localized mode (ELM). These SOLCs are found to be an integral part of the MHD activity, with a propensity to flow in a toroidally non-axisymmetric pattern and with magnitude potentially large enough to play a role in the MHD stability. Candidate mechanisms that can drive these SOLCs are identified: (a) toroidally non-axisymmetric thermoelectric potential, (b) electromotive force (EMF) from MHD activity, and (c) flux swing, both toroidal and poloidal, of the plasma column. An effect is found, stemming from the shear in the field line pitch angle, that mitigates the efficacy of a toroidally non-axisymmetric SOLC to generate a toroidally non-axisymmetric error field. Other potential magnetic consequences of the SOLC are identified: (i) its error field can introduce complications in feedback control schemes for stabilizing MHD activity and (ii) its toroidally non-axisymmetric field can be falsely identified as an axisymmetric field by the tokamak control logic and in equilibrium reconstruction. The radial profile of a SOLC observed during a quiescent discharge period is determined, and found to possess polarity reversals as a function of radial distance.
Date: March 26, 2004
Creator: Takahashi, H.; Fredrickson, E.D.; Schaffer, M.J.; Austin, M.E.; Evans, T.E.; Lao, L.L. et al.
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Description: Small non-axisymmetric magnetic fields are known to cause serious loss of stability in tokamaks leading to loss of confinement and abrupt termination of plasma current (disruptions). The best known examples are the locked mode and the resistive wall mode. Understanding of the underlying field anomalies (departures in the hardware-related fields from ideal toroidal and poloidal fields on a single axis) and the interaction of the plasma with them is crucial to tokamak development. Results of both locked mode experiments and resistive wall mode experiments done in DIII-D tokamak plasmas have been interpreted to indicate the presence of a significant anomalous field. New measurements of the magnetic field anomalies of the hardware systems have been made on DIII-D. The measured field anomalies due to the plasma shaping coils in DIII-D are smaller than previously reported. Additional evaluations of systematic errors have been made. New measurements of the anomalous fields of the ohmic heating and toroidal coils have been added. Such detailed in situ measurements of the fields of a tokamak are unique. The anomalous fields from all of the coils are one third of the values indicated from the stability experiments. These results indicate limitations in the understanding of the interaction of the plasma with the external field. They indicate that it may not be possible to deduce the anomalous fields in a tokamak from plasma experiments and that we may not have the basis needed to project the error field requirements of future tokamaks.
Date: February 1, 2003
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Numerical Study of Field-reversed Configurations: The Formation and Ion Spin-up

Description: Results of three-dimensional numerical simulations of field-reversed configurations (FRCs) are presented. Emphasis of this work is on the nonlinear evolution of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) instabilities in kinetic FRCs, and the new FRC formation method by counter-helicity spheromak merging. Kinetic simulations show nonlinear saturation of the n = 1 tilt mode, where n is the toroidal mode number. The n = 2 and n = 3 rotational modes are observed to grow during the nonlinear phase of the tilt instability due to the ion spin-up in the toroidal direction. The ion toroidal spin-up is shown to be related to the resistive decay of the internal flux, and the resulting loss of particle confinement. Three-dimensional MHD simulations of counter-helicity spheromak merging and FRC formation show good qualitative agreement with results from the SSX-FRC experiment. The simulations show formation of an FRC in about 20-30 Alfven times for typical experimental parameters. The growth rate of the n = 1 tilt mode is shown to be significantly reduced compared to the MHD growth rate due to the large plasma viscosity and field-line-tying effects.
Date: June 6, 2005
Creator: Belova, E. V.; Davidson, R. C.; Ji, H.; Yamada, M.; Cothran, C. D.; Brown, M. R. et al.
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