Effect of toroidal plasma currents on the Wendelstein 7-X Scrape-Off Layer

W7-X Team, Carsten Killer*, Yu Gao, Valeria Perseo, Lukas Rudischhauser, Kenneth Hammond, Birger Buttenschön, Tullio Barbui, Boyd D. Blackwell, Kai-Jakob Brunner, Philipp Drews, Michael Endler, Joachim Geiger, Olaf Grulke, Marcin Jakubowski, Sören Klose, Jens Knauer, Alexander Knieps, Ralf König, Yongliang LiUlrich Neuner, Holger Niemann, Matthias Otte, Jonathan Schilling, Aleix Puig Sitjes, Kian Rahbarnia, Torsten Stange

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The role of toroidal plasma currents for the island divertor scrape-off layer in the stellarator Wendelstein 7-X is investigated using reciprocating electric probes. Experiments show that small amounts (of a few kA) of plasma current are sufficient to significantly affect the scrape-off layer plasma conditions, whereas higher plasma currents above 10kA result in more drastic changes. This behavior is linked to the effect of the plasma current on the rotational transform profile, which can result in significant shifts of the edge magnetic islands. These shifts affect the interaction of the islands with the divertor and can eventually result in a transition from a diverted to a limited plasma configuration. The probe observations are complemented by further edge diagnostics including plasma flow measurements, divertor Langmuir probes, divertor thermography and impurity spectroscopy.
Original languageEnglish
Article number125014
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number12
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Stellarator
  • Scrape-off layer
  • Reciprocating probe
  • Island divertor


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