Plasma particle sources due to interactions with neutrals in a turbulent scrape-off layer of a toroidally confined plasma

Alexander Simon Thrysøe*, M. Løiten, J. Madsen, Volker Naulin, A. H. Nielsen, J. Juul Rasmussen

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The conditions in the edge and scrape-off layer (SOL) of magnetically confined plasmas determine the overall performance of the device, and it is of great importance to study and understand the mechanics that drive transport in those regions. If a significant amount of neutral molecules and atoms is present in the edge and SOL regions, those will influence the plasma parameters and thus the plasma confinement. In this paper, it is displayed how neutrals, described by a fluid model, introduce source terms in a plasma drift-fluid model due to inelastic collisions. The resulting source terms are included in a four-field drift fluid model, and it is shown how an increasing neutral particle density in the edge and SOL regions influences the plasma particle transport across the lastclosed-flux-surface. It is found that an appropriate gas puffing rate allows for the edge density in the simulation to be self-consistently maintained due to ionization of neutrals in the confined region.
Original languageEnglish
Article number032307
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number3
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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