Experimental measurements and modelling of the structure of the radial electric field in RFX

V. Antoni, R. Bartiromo, L. Carraro, D. Desideri, E. Martines, M.E. Puiatti, F. Sattin, P. Scarin, G. Serianni, M. Spolaore, L. Tramontin, M. Valisa, B. Zaniol

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The experimental determination of the radial electric field Erand the associated E × B drift velocity at the edge of RFX is presented and possible mechanisms responsible for its generation are discussed. Ermeasurements by means of an array of Langmuir probes and those deduced from Doppler spectroscopy of impurity lines agree fairly well. In particular the rotation velocity of the plasma edge has been determined from the Doppler shift of a C III emission line. The observation of other ions characterised by different radial positions, such as B IV and C V, has allowed an estimate of the velocity shear. Typical values of plasma rotation at the edge are around 10 km/s while the velocity shear is of the order of (105-106)s-1in the spontaneous layer, a few cm thick, usually observed in standard discharges. Plasma rotation has been artificially modified by both positive and negative edge biasing and the associated increase or decrease of the fluid velocity is well in agreement with the radial electric field change. The modification of Erduring edge biasing and Pulsed Poloidal Current Drive (PPCD) are also reported and interpreted within a momentum balance model. Analytical and self-consistent Monte Carlo models at the plasma edge suggest that impurities have a relevant role in the generation of the radial electric field, due to their relatively large Larmor radius.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1387 - 1396
Number of pages10
JournalCzechoslovak Journal of Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Antoni, V., Bartiromo, R., Carraro, L., Desideri, D., Martines, E., Puiatti, M. E., ... Zaniol, B. (2000). Experimental measurements and modelling of the structure of the radial electric field in RFX. Czechoslovak Journal of Physics, 50(12), 1387 - 1396. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1022843529120