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Title: Drifts, currents, and power scrape-off width in SOLPS-ITER modeling of DIII-D

The effects of drifts and associated flows and currents on the width of the parallel heat flux channel (λ q) in the tokamak scrape-off layer (SOL) are analyzed using the SOLPS-ITER 2D fluid transport code. Motivation is supplied by Goldston’s heuristic drift (HD) model for λ q, which yields the same approximately inverse poloidal magnetic field dependence seen in multi-machine regression. The analysis, focusing on a DIII-D H-mode discharge, reveals HD-like features, including comparable density and temperature fall-off lengths in the SOL, and up-down ion pressure asymmetry that allows net cross-separatrix ion magnetic drift flux to exceed net anomalous ion flux. In experimentally relevant high-recycling cases, scans of both toroidal and poloidal magnetic field (B tor and B pol) are conducted, showing minimal λ q dependence on either component of the field. Insensitivity to B tor is expected, and suggests that SOLPS-ITER is effectively capturing some aspects of HD physics. Absence of λ q dependence on B pol, however, is inconsistent with both the HD model and experimental results. As a result, the inconsistency is attributed to strong variation in the parallel Mach number, which violates one of the premises of the HD model.
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  1. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (United States)
  2. Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
  3. Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic Univ., St. Petersburg (Russia)
  4. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nuclear Materials and Energy
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 12; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 2352-1791
Research Org:
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (United States); Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
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Contributing Orgs:
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23187, USA
Country of Publication:
United States
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; Power scrape-off width; SOLPS-ITER; Drift effects; SOL flows
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