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Title: Modeling of large amplitude plasma blobs in three-dimensions

Fluctuations in fusion boundary and similar plasmas often have the form of filamentary structures, or blobs, that convectively propagate radially. This may lead to the degradation of plasma facing components as well as plasma confinement. Theoretical analysis of plasma blobs usually takes advantage of the so-called Boussinesq approximation of the potential vorticity equation, which greatly simplifies the treatment analytically and numerically. This approximation is only strictly justified when the blob density amplitude is small with respect to that of the background plasma. However, this is not the case for typical plasma blobs in the far scrape-off layer region, where the background density is small compared to that of the blob, and results obtained based on the Boussinesq approximation are questionable. In this report, the solution of the full vorticity equation, without the usual Boussinesq approximation, is proposed via a novel numerical approach. The method is used to solve for the evolution of 2D and 3D plasma blobs in a regime where the Boussinesq approximation is not valid. The Boussinesq solution under predicts the cross field transport in 2D. However, in 3D, for parameters typical of current tokamaks, the disparity between the radial cross field transport from the Boussinesq approximation andmore » full solution is virtually non-existent due to the effects of the drift wave instability.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Naval Research Laboratory, 4555 Overlook Avenue, Washington, DC 20375 (United States)
  2. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, Livermore, California 94550 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22252121
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; AMPLITUDES; APPROXIMATIONS; FIRST WALL; MATHEMATICAL SOLUTIONS; PLASMA; PLASMA CONFINEMENT; PLASMA SCRAPE-OFF LAYER; TOKAMAK DEVICES