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Title: Theory based scaling of edge turbulence and implications for the scrape-off layer width

Turbulence and plasma parameter data from the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) is examined and interpreted based on various theoretical estimates. In particular, quantities of interest for assessing the role of turbulent transport on the midplane scrape-off layer heat flux width are assessed. Because most turbulence quantities exhibit large scatter and little scaling within a given operation mode, this paper focuses on length and time scales and dimensionless parameters between operational modes including Ohmic, low (L), and high (H) modes using a large NSTX edge turbulence database. These are compared with theoretical estimates for drift and interchange rates, profile modification saturation levels, a resistive ballooning condition, and dimensionless parameters characterizing L and H mode conditions. It is argued that the underlying instability physics governing edge turbulence in different operational modes is, in fact, similar, and is consistent with curvature-driven drift ballooning. Saturation physics, however, is dependent on the operational mode. Five dimensionless parameters for drift-interchange turbulence are obtained and employed to assess the importance of turbulence in setting the scrape-off layer heat flux width λ q and its scaling. An explicit proportionality of the width λ q to the safety factor and major radius (qR) is obtained under these conditions.more » Lastly, quantitative estimates and reduced model numerical simulations suggest that the turbulence mechanism is not negligible in determining λ q in NSTX, at least for high plasma current discharges.« less
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  1. Lodestar Research Corp., Boulder, CO (United States)
  2. Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
DOE-ER/54392-82; LRC-16-166
Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X; TRN: US1701299
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-09CH11466; FG02-02ER54678; FG02-97ER54392
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physics of Plasmas
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 23; Journal Issue: 11; Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States); Lodestar Research Corp., Boulder, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) (SC-24)
Contributing Orgs:
Lodestar Res Corp, 2400 Cent Ave, Boulder, CO 80301 USA.
Country of Publication:
United States
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; x-point; transition; transport; geometry; modes; edge turbulence, tokamak, drift-interchange, heat flux width
OSTI Identifier:
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1330725; OSTI ID: 1358115