Investigation on the relation between edge radial electric field asymmetries in RFX-mod and density limit

Gianluca Spizzo, Paolo Scarin, Matteo Agostini, Alberto Alfier, Fulvio Auriemma, Daniele Bonfiglio, Susanna Cappello, Alessandro Fassina, Paolo Franz, Lidia Piron, Paolo Piovesan, Maria Ester Puiatti, Marco Valisa, Nicola Vianello

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In all major confinement devices (tokamaks, stellarators, spheromaks and reversed-field pinches-RFPs), a density limit has been found. Results summarized in a recent work by Puiatti et al (2009 Nucl. Fusion 49 045012) show that in the RFP high density does not cause a disruption, but a sequence of increasingly critical phenomena. First, at intermediate density there is the disappearance of the high-confinement quasisingle helicity/single helical axis regimes. Then, at densities close to the Greenwald limit, toroidally and radially localized density accumulation and radiation condensation are observed, together with a fast resistive decay of the plasma current, which constitutes the real operative limit of the device. In this paper we discuss the effect of the magnetic ripple on test particle motion, showing that the accumulation of electrons in the X-points of the edge m = 0 islands is responsible for a modulation of the radial electric field Er which is at the core of the density limit mechanism. These results can be also relevant for the explanation of X-point multifaceted asymmetric radiation from the edge formation, observed in L-mode density limit discharges of JET. © 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Article number095011
Pages (from-to)-
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Spizzo, G., Scarin, P., Agostini, M., Alfier, A., Auriemma, F., Bonfiglio, D., Cappello, S., Fassina, A., Franz, P., Piron, L., Piovesan, P., Ester Puiatti, M., Valisa, M., & Vianello, N. (2010). Investigation on the relation between edge radial electric field asymmetries in RFX-mod and density limit. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 52(9), -. [095011].