Plasma Physics Reports

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 220–229 | Cite as

Electric Field and Poloidal Rotation in the Turbulent Edge Plasma of the T-10 Tokamak

  • R. V. ShuryginEmail author
  • A. V. Melnikov


The dynamics of turbulent edge plasma in the T-10 tokamak is simulated numerically by solving reduced nonlinear MHD equations of Braginskii’s two-fluid hydrodynamics. It is shown that the poloidal plasma velocity is determined by the combined effect of two forces: the turbulent Reynolds force FR and the Stringer–Winsor geodesic force FSW, which is associated with the geodesic acoustic mode of the total plasma pressure \(\left\langle {p{\text{sin}}\theta } \right\rangle \). It follows from the simulation results that the FR and FSW forces are directed oppositely and partially balance one another. It is shown that, as the electron temperature increases, the resulting balance of these forces changes in such a way that the amplitude of the poloidal ion flow velocity and, accordingly, the electrostatic potential \({{\phi }_{0}}(r,t)\) decrease. As the plasma density increases, the “driving forces” of turbulence (the dn0/dr and dp0/dr gradients) also increase, while dissipation due to the longitudinal current decreases, which results in an increase in the amplitude of turbulent fluctuations and the Reynolds force FR. On one hand, the force FSW increases with increasing plasma density due to an increase in the pressure \(\left\langle {p{\text{sin}}\theta } \right\rangle \); however, on the other hand, it decreases in view of the factor 1/n0. As a result, the net force driving poloidal rotation increases, which leads to the growth of the plasma potential. Both under electron-cyclotron resonance heating and in regimes with evolving plasma density, the results of numerical simulations qualitatively agree with experimental data on the electrostatic potential of the T-10 plasma.



This work was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project no. 14-22-00193. A.V. Melnikov acknowledges the support from the National Research Nuclear University “MEPHI.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute”MoscowRussia

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