Toroidal modelling of plasma response and RMP field penetration
Journal article, 2012
The penetration dynamics of the resonant magnetic perturbation (RMP) field is sim-
ulated in the full toroidal geometry, under realistic plasma conditions in MAST experiments.
The physics associated with several aspects of the RMP penetration - the plasma response
and rotational screening, the resonant and non-resonant torques and the toroidal momentum
balance - are highlighted. In particular, the plasma response is found to significantly amplify
the non-resonant component of the RMP field for some of the MAST plasmas. A fast rotating
plasma, in response to static external magnetic fields, experiences a more distributed electro-
magnetic torque due to the resonance with continuum waves in the plasma. At fast plasma
flow (such as for the MAST plasma), the electromagnetic torque is normally dominant over
the neoclassical toroidal viscous (NTV) torque. However, at sufficiently slow plasma flow,
the NTV torque can play a significant role in the toroidal momentum balance, thanks to the
precession drift resonance enhanced, so called superbanana plateau regime.