Plasma detachment study of high density helium plasmas in the Pilot-PSI device

TitlePlasma detachment study of high density helium plasmas in the Pilot-PSI device
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsY. Hayashi, K. Jesko, H.J van der Meiden, J.WM Vernimmen, T.W Morgan, N. Ohno, S. Kajita, M. Yoshikawa, S. Masuzaki
JournalNuclear Fusion

We have investigated plasma detachment phenomena of high-density helium plasmas in the linear plasma device Pilot-PSI, which can realize a relevant ITER SOL/Divertor plasma condition. The experiment clearly indicated plasma detachment features such as drops in the plasma pressure and particle flux along the magnetic field lines that were observed under the condition of high neutral pressure; a feature of flux drop was parameterized using the degree of detachment (DOD) index. Fundamental plasma parameters such as electron temperature (T e) and electron density in the detached recombining plasmas were measured by different methods: reciprocating electrostatic probes, Thomson scattering (TS), and optical emission spectroscopy (OES). The T e measured using single and double probes corresponded to the TS measurement. No anomalies in the single probe I – V characteristics, observed in other linear plasma devices [16, 17, 36], appeared under the present condition in the Pilot-PSI device. A possible reason for this difference is discussed by comparing the different linear devices. The OES results are also compared with the simulation results of a collisional radiative (CR) model. Further, we demonstrated more than 90% of parallel particle and heat fluxes were dissipated in a short length of 0.5 m under the high neutral pressure condition in Pilot-PSI.







Alternate TitleNucl. Fusion

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