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Title: 3D toroidal physics: Testing the boundaries of symmetry breaking

Toroidal symmetry is an important concept for plasma confinement; it allows the existence of nested flux surface MHD equilibria and conserved invariants for particle motion. However, perfect symmetry is unachievable in realistic toroidal plasma devices. For example, tokamaks have toroidal ripple due to discrete field coils, optimized stellarators do not achieve exact quasi-symmetry, the plasma itself continually seeks lower energy states through helical 3D deformations, and reactors will likely have non-uniform distributions of ferritic steel near the plasma. Also, some level of designed-in 3D magnetic field structure is now anticipated for most concepts in order to provide the plasma control needed for a stable, steady-state fusion reactor. Such planned 3D field structures can take many forms, ranging from tokamaks with weak 3D edge localized mode suppression fields to stellarators with more dominant 3D field structures. This motivates the development of physics models that are applicable across the full range of 3D devices. Ultimately, the questions of how much symmetry breaking can be tolerated and how to optimize its design must be addressed for all fusion concepts. A closely coupled program of simulation, experimental validation, and design optimization is required to determine what forms and amplitudes of 3D shaping and symmetrymore » breaking will be compatible with the requirements of future fusion reactors.« less
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6169 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22410369
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: (c) 2015 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; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; DEFORMATION; EDGE LOCALIZED MODES; FERRITIC STEELS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MHD EQUILIBRIUM; OPTIMIZATION; PLASMA CONFINEMENT; STEADY-STATE FUSION REACTORS; STELLARATORS; SYMMETRY BREAKING; THREE-DIMENSIONAL CALCULATIONS; TOKAMAK DEVICES; VALIDATION