Effect of the magnetic topology of a tokamak divertor on the power exhaust properties

V. Pericoli Ridolfini, R. Ambrosino, G. Calabrò, F. Crisanti, R. Lombroni, S. Mastrostefano, G. Rubino, R. Zagórski

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The peculiarities of various advanced divertor magnetic configurations that could be adopted for a tokamak reactor are investigated with the 2D edge code TECXY applied to the different divertor options of the projected tokamak DTT (Divertor Test Tokamak). The analysis highlights very interesting features for those configurations that realize a wide region with significantly depressed poloidal field in between the main X point and the target. Here, the energy cross-field diffusion can become so fast to extend up to ≈10 times the width of the power flow channel, in terms of the poloidal flux coordinates. This can spread the power over a long length and then drop the peak heat load below the technologically safe value, even with no help from impurities. Furthermore, the strongly enlarged effective divertor volume can favour the dissipative processes and lead to plasma detachment from the associated target. The driving mechanism appears to rest on the strongly increased connection lengths. This reduces the parallel thermal gradient and then slows down the power streaming, hence forcing the flow channel to widen in order to convey the same amount of power. However, the other target can be significantly penalized by an unbalance in the power sharing between the two divertor plates. Similarly, modifying the topology of this region also could overcome this problem.
Original languageEnglish
Article number24
Pages (from-to)-
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Pericoli Ridolfini, V., Ambrosino, R., Calabrò, G., Crisanti, F., Lombroni, R., Mastrostefano, S., Rubino, G., & Zagórski, R. (2017). Effect of the magnetic topology of a tokamak divertor on the power exhaust properties. Physics of Plasmas, 24(8), -. [24]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4993050