Soledge2D‐Eirene simulations of the Pilot‐PSI linear plasma device compared to experimental data

TitleSoledge2D‐Eirene simulations of the Pilot‐PSI linear plasma device compared to experimental data
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsK. Jesko, Y. Marandet, H. Bufferand, J.P Gunn, H.J van der Meiden, G. Ciraolo
JournalContributions to Plasma Physics
Keywordsdetachment, divertor, Linear plasma device, Soledge2D‐Eirene

Predictions for the operation of tokamak divertors are reliant on edge plasma simulations typically utilizing a fluid plasma code in combination with a Monte Carlo code for neutral species. Pilot‐PSI is a linear device operating with a cascaded arc plasma source that produces plasmas comparable to those expected in the ITER divertor (Te ∼ 1 eV, ne ∼ 1021 m−3). In this study, plasma discharges in Pilot‐PSI are modelled using the Soledge2D fluid plasma code coupled to the Eirene neutral Monte Carlo code. The plasma is generated using an external source of plasma density and power. These input parameters are tuned in order to match Thomson scattering (TS) measurements close to the cascaded arc source nozzle. The sensitivity of the simulations to different atomic physics models is explored. It is found that elastic collisions between ions and hydrogen molecules have a strong influence on calculated profiles. Without their inclusion, supersonic flow regimes are obtained with M ∼ 2 close to the target plate. Simulation results are compared with experimental findings using TS close to the target and, in the case of Pilot‐PSI, a Langmuir probe embedded in the target. Comparison between experimental trends observed in a background pressure scan and the simulations show that the inclusion of the elastic collision is mandatory for the trends to be reproduced.





Alternate TitleContrib. Plasma Phys.

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