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Title: Effects of resonant magnetic perturbations on turbulence and transport in DIII-D L-mode plasmas

In this study we show that resonant magnetic perturbations (RMPs) affect the L- to H-mode power threshold. We find that during the L-mode phase, RMPs cause the particle pinch to reverse from traditionally inward to outward. As a result, the density at the plasma edge increases, while the density in the plasma core is reduced. Linear stability calculations indicate that the plasma transitions from an ion temperature gradient (ITG) to trapped electron mode (TEM) regime at the plasma edge. If the applied RMP current is below the threshold for penetration and island formation, we find that the changes in the edge radial electric field are minimal, while the carbon toroidal rotation brakes over the whole minor radius. Once the RMP field penetrates and the screening plasma response dissappears, the spin-up of the toroidal rotation at the plasma edge results in a positive radial electric field inside the separatrix.
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  1. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (United States)
  2. Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States)
  3. ORAU, Fredericksburg, VA (United States)
  4. General Atomics, San Diego, CA (United States)
  5. Univ. of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
FC02-04ER54698; FG02-08ER54984; SC0001961; SC0007880
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 58; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 0741-3335
IOP Science
Research Org:
General Atomics, San Diego, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
Country of Publication:
United States
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; tokamaks; turbulence; transport; RMPs
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1238882