Modelling of 13CH4 Injection and Local Carbon Deposition at the Outer Divertor of ASDEX Upgrade

Leena Aho-Mantila (Corresponding Author), Markus Airila, M. Wischmeier, K. Krieger, R. Pugno, V. Rohde, D.P. Coster, A.V. Chankin, R. Neu, ASDEX Upgrade Team

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    Numerical modelling of 13CH4 injection into the outer divertor plasma of the full tungsten, vertical target of ASDEX Upgrade is presented. The SOLPS5.0 code package is used to calculate a realistic scrape-off layer plasma background corresponding to L-mode discharges in the attached divertor plasma regime. The ERO code is then used for detailed modelling of the hydrocarbon break-up, re-deposition and re-erosion processes. The deposition patterns observed at two different poloidal locations are shown to strongly reflect the cross-field gradients in divertor plasma density and temperature, as well as the local plasma collisionality. Experimental results with forward and reversed BT, accompanied by numerical modelling, also point towards a significant poloidal hydrocarbon E×B drift in the divertor region.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number014019
    JournalPhysica Scripta
    Issue numberT138
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed
    Event12th International Workshop on Plasma-Facing Materials and Components for Fusion Applications, PFMC-12 - Jülich, Germany
    Duration: 11 May 200914 May 2009


    • plasma physics
    • tokamaks
    • plasma-material interactions


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