Rotational stabilization of resistive wall modes in ITER advanced tokamak scenarios

Zheng, L. J.; Kotschenreuther, M. T.; Van Dam, J. W.
May 2010
Physics of Plasmas;May2010, Vol. 17 Issue 5, p056104
Academic Journal
Rotational stabilization of n=1 resistive wall modes in ITER advanced scenarios [K. Ikeda, Nucl. Fusion 47 (2007)] is investigated, where n is the toroidal mode number. In particular, we present numerical results for the ITER strongly reversed shear case, in comparison to the weakly reversed shear case. The rotation frequency is assumed to be modestly low. Our investigation employs the adaptive eigenfunction independent solution-kinetic (AEGIS-K) code [L. J. Zheng et al., “AEGIS-K code for linear kinetic analysis of toroidally axisymmetric plasma stability,” J. Comput. Phys. (to be published)], which provides a fully kinetic (nonhybrid) and self-consistent (nonperturbative) description. AEGIS-K includes wave-particle resonances, shear Alfvén continuum damping, trapped particle effects, and parallel electric effects, but not finite Larmor radius effects. In the case without rotation and kinetic effects included, we find that the strongly reversed shear configuration is more favorable for perfectly conducting wall stabilization of resistive wall modes, in that it has a higher conducting wall beta limit than the weakly reversed shear case. With sufficient rotation, the strongly reversed shear case can also achieve a higher beta limit for completely suppressing the resistive wall modes. However, the marginal rotation frequency required for complete resistive wall mode stabilization in the strongly reversed shear case is about twice as high as that required for the weakly reversed shear case.


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