Modelling of non-linear edge harmonic oscillations and the effect of non-axisymmetric magnetic coils

Quiescent H-mode (QH-mode) operation is highly desirable relative to the well known H- mode operation because it allows for high energy density in the core as well as potentially im- proved confinement of energy and particles. A feature of QH-mode is that the Edge Localized Mode (ELM) instabilities are replaced with continuous Edge Harmonic Oscillations (EHO) [1]. Control and reproduction of robust QH-mode regimes could be crucial for future fusion opera- tion. In some cases it may be useful to modify the main characteristics of QH-mode discharges while keeping constant the key elements needed to achieve QH-mode (such as applied torque, edge current density, pedestal pressure, etc.). With that in mind, the effect of global toroidal mode seeding in the vacuum magnetic field on the amplitude of EHO is investigated. Previ- ous numerical simulations have shown that free boundary equilibrium calculations are able to recover non-linear saturated 3D equilibria with edge corrugations associated with EHO in QH- mode [2, 3]. Here we use the VMEC free boundary code to do a proof of principle investigation of the coupling between EHO and global toroidal mode seeding. This is done by first producing a QH-mode plasma using the vacuum magnetic field modeled by JET-like toroidal and poloidal field coils. Then, a global toroidal mode n=1,2 is seeded numerically by perturbing the vacuum field using a set of non-axisymmetric external coils associated with the Error Field Correction Coils (EFCC’s) in JET and the plasma response is studied. Due to the EFCC’s geometry, it is crucial to account for up-down asymmetry in the VMEC code. Spectral decomposition of the 3D plasma displacement with respect to the equivalent 2D axisymmetric equilibrium is per- formed and compared with linear numerical simulations using the KINX code. A study that effectively isolates the coupling of global n=1,2 toroidal modes with current driven and pres- sure driven EHO is presented, and the impact of external coils and associated plasma response clearly determined.

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46th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics [Conference abstracts], P1.1051
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46th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics, Milan, Italy, July 08-12,2019
Jul 08 2019
European Physical Society
Poster at 46th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics.
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