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Diffusive modelling of enhanced beam ion transport in TFTR plasmas heated with deuterium and tritium beams

  • Author(s): Ruskov, E
  • Heidbrink, WW
  • Budny, RV
  • McCune, DC
  • et al.

A search is made for signs of enhanced beam ion transport in a set of TFTR plasmas heated with various numbers of tritium and deuterium beams. Our investigation is based on the time dependent, 11/2-D simulation code TRANSP, and an ad hoc diffusion model of enhanced fast ion transport. Spatially constant and spatially variable diffusion models are used (the code was upgraded to allow for Df(r) modelling). Simulations with spatially constant diffusion coefficients resulted in an upper bound of Df 0.2 m2/s for a set of high power DT supershots. One discharge is analysed in particular detail, in terms of both various diffusion models and the effects of systematic errors. Best agreement between the measured neutron flux in this discharge and the corresponding TRANSP predictions is obtained by assuming that Df has low values in the inner half of the plasma column (Df 0.1 m 2/s) and then rises rapidly in the outer half, suggesting that stochastic ripple diffusion is the likely mechanism for the enhanced beam ion transport. This hypothesis is supported by the modelling results from two other plasmas with large major radii.

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