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Title: Intrinsic plasma rotation and Reynolds stress at the plasma edge in the HSX stellarator

Using multi-tipped Langmuir probes in the edge of the HSX stellarator, the radial electric field and parallel flows are found to deviate from the values calculated by the neoclassical transport code PENTA for the optimized quasi-helically symmetric (QHS) configuration. To understand whether Reynolds stress might explain the discrepancy, fluctuating floating potential measurements are made at two locations in the torus corresponding to the low field and high field sides of the device. The measurements at the two locations show clear evidence of a gradient in the Reynolds stress. However, the resulting flow due to the gradient in the stress is found to be large and in opposite directions for the two locations. This makes an estimation of the flux surface average using a small number of measurement locations impractical from an experimental perspective. These results neither confirm nor rule out whether Reynolds stress plays an important role for the QHS configuration. Measurements made in configurations with the quasi-symmetry degraded show even larger flows and greater deviations from the neoclassically calculated velocity profiles than the QHS configuration while the fluctuation magnitudes are reduced. Lastly, for these configurations in particular, the Reynolds stress is most likely not responsible for the additional momentum.
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)
  2. Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)
  3. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nuclear Fusion
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 56; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 0029-5515
IOP Science
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
quasi-symmetric stellarators; plasma rotation; Reynolds stress; Langmuir probes