Footprint structures due to resonant magnetic perturbations in DIII-D

Wingen, A.; Evans, T. E.; Spatschek, K. H.
April 2009
Physics of Plasmas;Apr2009, Vol. 16 Issue 4, p042504
Academic Journal
Numerical modeling of the typical footprint structures on the target plates of a divertor tokamak is presented. In the tokamak DIII-D [J. L. Luxon, Nucl. Fusion 42, 614 (2002)] toroidal mode number n=3 resonant magnetic perturbations are responsible for characteristic footprint stripes. The numerics can resolve substructures within each footprint stripe, which are related to the internal magnetic topology. It is shown that the footprint structures on the inner target plate can be predicted by the unstable manifolds of the separatrix and the q=4 resonant surface. By their intersection with the divertor target plate the unstable manifolds form the footprint boundary and substructures within. Based on the manifold analysis, the boundaries and interior structures of the footprints are explained. A direct connection of all magnetic resonances inside the stochastic plasma volume to the target plates is verified.


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