Edge momentum transport by neutrals
Other conference contribution, 2016

Due to their high cross-field mobility, neutrals can contribute to momentum transport even at the low relative densities found inside the separatrix and they can generate intrinsic rotation. We use a charge-exchange dominated solution to the neutral kinetic equation, coupled to neoclassical ions, to evaluate the momentum transport due to neutrals. Numer- ical solutions to the drift-kinetic equation allow us to model the intermediate collisionality typical of the tokamak edge. In the edge there are several processes likely to contribute to momentum transport in addition to neutrals. Therefore, we present here an interpretative framework that can evaluate the momentum transport through neutrals based on radial plasma profiles. We demonstrate its application with representative artificial profiles and an analytical equilibrium, with parameters typical of L-mode in a medium-sized tokamak. The magnitudes of the torques we find here due to neutrals are 0.5–5 N·m, motivating the application of our framework to experimental data, where it will allow us to evaluate the importance of the momentum flux due to neutrals compared to other transport mechanisms.


John Omotani

Chalmers, Physics, Subatomic and Plasma Physics

Sarah Newton

Chalmers, Physics, Subatomic and Plasma Physics

Istvan Pusztai

Chalmers, Physics, Subatomic and Plasma Physics

Tünde Fülöp

Chalmers, Physics, Subatomic and Plasma Physics

Proceedings of 26th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference, Kyoto, Japan


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