Fast ions and momentum transport in JET tokamak plasmas

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Abstract

Fast ions are an inseparable part of fusion plasmas. They can be generated using electromagnetic waves or injected into plasmas as neutrals to heat the bulk plasma and to drive toroidal rotation and current. In future power plants fusion born fast ions deliver the main heating into the plasma. Understanding and controlling the fast ions is of crucial importance for the operation of a power plant. Furthermore, fast ions provide ways to probe the properties of the thermal plasma and get insight of its confinement properties. In this thesis, numerical code packages are used and developed to simulate JET experiments for a range of physics issues related to fast ions. Namely, the clamping fast ion distribution at high energies with RF heating, fast ion ripple torque generation and the toroidal momentum transport properties using NBI modulation technique are investi gated. Through a comparison of numerical simulations and the JET experimental data it is shown that the finite Larmor radius effects in ion cyclotron resonance heating are important and that they can prevent fast ion tail formation beyond certain energy. The identified mechanism could be used for tailoring the fast ion distribution in future experiments. Secondly, ASCOT simulations of NBI ions in a ripplefield showed that most of the reduction of the toroidal rotation that has been observed in the JET enhanced ripple experiments could be attributed to fast ion ripple torque. Finally, fast ion torque calculations together with momentum transport analysis have led to the conclusion that momentum transport in not purely diffusive but that a convective component, which increases monotonically in radius, exists in a wide range of JET plasmas. Using parameter scans, the convective transport has been shown to be insensitive to collisionality and q-profile but to increase strongly against density gradient.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor Degree
Awarding Institution
  • Aalto University
Award date9 Nov 2012
Place of PublicationEspoo
Publisher
Print ISBNs978-951-38-7467-4
Electronic ISBNs978-951-38-7468-1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeG5 Doctoral dissertation (article)

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Keywords

  • JET
  • tokamak
  • fusion
  • energy
  • plasma
  • toroidal rotation
  • momentum transport
  • fast ions
  • neutral beam injection
  • NBI

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Salmi, A. (2012). Fast ions and momentum transport in JET tokamak plasmas: Dissertation. Espoo: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
Salmi, Antti. / Fast ions and momentum transport in JET tokamak plasmas : Dissertation. Espoo : VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 2012. 156 p.
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