Edge plasma physics modifications due to magnetic ripple in RFX-mod

P. Scarin, M. Agostini, L. Carraro, R. Cavazzana, G. Ciaccio, G. De Masi, G. Spizzo, M. Spolaore, N. Vianello

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Abstract The edge of the RFX-mod (R = 2 m, a = 0.46 m) Reversed Field Pinch is characterized by weak magnetic chaos affecting ion and electron diffusion. Edge particle transport is strongly influenced by a toroidal asymmetry caused by magnetic islands. An ambipolar radial electric field ensures local neutrality and possesses the same symmetry as the parent magnetic ripple: the result is the modulation of the perpendicular flow, with a slowing-down at the island X-point. In this paper we present a complete statistical analysis, over a large database of RFX-mod discharges, of the edge properties as they are modified by the magnetic topology: the plasma wall footprint follows the helical shape of the dominant central mode (m/n = 1/7), with an increase of Hα emission and electron density corresponding to the O-point of the inner magnetic island. Edge turbulence is modified by the magnetic topology, being generated in the O-point region and damped near the X-point.
Original languageEnglish
Article number48549
Pages (from-to)467 - 470
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2015


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)

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Scarin, P., Agostini, M., Carraro, L., Cavazzana, R., Ciaccio, G., De Masi, G., ... Vianello, N. (2015). Edge plasma physics modifications due to magnetic ripple in RFX-mod. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 463, 467 - 470. [48549]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2014.10.052