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Title: Linear calculations of edge current driven kink modes with BOUT++ code

This work extends previous BOUT++ work to systematically study the impact of edge current density on edge localized modes, and to benchmark with the GATO and ELITE codes. Using the CORSICA code, a set of equilibria was generated with different edge current densities by keeping total current and pressure profile fixed. Based on these equilibria, the effects of the edge current density on the MHD instabilities were studied with the 3-field BOUT++ code. For the linear calculations, with increasing edge current density, the dominant modes are changed from intermediate-n and high-n ballooning modes to low-n kink modes, and the linear growth rate becomes smaller. The edge current provides stabilizing effects on ballooning modes due to the increase of local shear at the outer mid-plane with the edge current. For edge kink modes, however, the edge current does not always provide a destabilizing effect; with increasing edge current, the linear growth rate first increases, and then decreases. In benchmark calculations for BOUT++ against the linear results with the GATO and ELITE codes, the vacuum model has important effects on the edge kink mode calculations. By setting a realistic density profile and Spitzer resistivity profile in the vacuum region, the resistivity wasmore » found to have a destabilizing effect on both the kink mode and on the ballooning mode. With diamagnetic effects included, the intermediate-n and high-n ballooning modes can be totally stabilized for finite edge current density.« less
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ; ;  [4] ; ;  [3] ;  [5]
  1. Institute of Plasma Physics, CAS, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China)
  2. (United States)
  3. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94550 (United States)
  4. General Atomics, San Diego, California 92186 (United States)
  5. (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22299682
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 10; 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; AUGMENTATION; B CODES; BALLOONING INSTABILITY; BENCHMARKS; CURRENT DENSITY; EDGE LOCALIZED MODES; MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS