Impurity transport in the pedestal of H-mode plasmas with resonant magnetic perturbations

B. S. Victor, T. Odstrcil, C. A. Paz-Soldan, B. A. Grierson, E. Hinson, Aaro Järvinen, E. M. Hollmann, C. Chrystal, C. S. Collins, K. E. Thome, S. L. Allen

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Experiments on DIII-D show that resonant magnetic perturbations (RMPs) reduce the impurity confinement time in the H-mode pedestal below that of naturally ELMy plasmas. STRAHL modeling of discharges with aluminum laser blow off (LBO) injection show increased diffusion in the pedestal of H-mode discharges with RMPs. The increased diffusion from the RMPs provides improved impurity control compared to the naturally ELMy discharges and prevents the buildup of impurities near the edge of the plasma. Tungsten LBO injection into discharges with and without RMPs led to striking differences in the evolution of the discharge. The naturally ELMy discharge became ELM free and showed an increase in edge radiation, leading to the eventual radiative collapse of the plasma. Injecting a similar number of W particles into discharges with RMPs, either with or without ELMs, led to a measurable accumulation of core W but did not significantly impact the evolution of the discharge. These results indicate that RMPs are beneficial for controlling the buildup of impurities in the pedestal region of the plasma.

Original languageEnglish
Article number095021
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • pedestal
  • tokamak
  • transport


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