Conduction-based model of the Scrape-Off Layer power sharing between inner and outer divertor in diverted low-density tokamak plasmas

A simple analytic model for the repartition of the Scrape-Off Layer (SOL) exhaust power between the inner and outer divertors in a diverted low-density tokamak plasma is introduced. Electron heat conduction is assumed to dominate the heat transport, from the outboard mid-plane to the divertor targets, with no heat sinks or sources in the SOL. Both divertor channels are in the attached, high-recycling regime. The model is in reasonable qualitative agreement with recent TCV experimental data and EMC3-Eirene simulations. For the Single Null divertor, it reproduces the experimentally observed increase in the power ratio between the inner and outer divertor plates of TCV, with increasing the outer divertor leg length or the outer target flux expansion. For the Snowflake Minus configuration, it reproduces the observed variation of with X-point separation, although only for the reversed magnetic field direction. Within the model limitations, it provides a basic understanding of the power sharing in alternative divertor geometries.


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Nuclear Materials and Energy, 19, 372-377
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Mar 22 2019
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