H. Sugama, T.-H. Watanabe, M. Nunami and S. Nishimura


Momentum Balance and Radial Electric Fields in Axisymmetric and Nonaxisymmetric Toroidal Plasmas

Date of publication:

July 14, 2010

Key words:

momentum transport, radial electric field, toroidal geometry.


It is investigated how symmetry properties of toroidal magnetic configurations influence mechanisms of determining the radial electric field such as the momentum balance and the ambipolar particle transport. Both neoclassical and anomalous transport of particles, heat, and momentum in axisymmetric and nonaxisymmetric toroidal systems are taken into account. Generally, in nonaxisymmetric systems, the radial electric field is determined by the neoclassical ambipolarity condition. For axisymmetric systems with up-down symmetry and quasisymmetric systems with stellarator symmetry, it is shown by using a novel parity transformation that the particle fluxes are automatically ambipolar up to O(δ2) and the determination of the radial electric field Es requires solving the O(δ3) momentum balance equations, where δ denotes the ratio of the thermal gyroradius to the characteristic equilibrium scale length. In axisymmetric systems with large E x B flows on the order of the ion thermal velocity υTi, the radial fluxes of particles, heat, and toroidal momentum are dependent on Es and its radial derivative while the time evolution of the Es profile is governed by the O(δ2) toroidal momentum balance equation. In nonaxisymmetric systems, E x B flows of O(υTi) are not generally allowed even in the presence of quasisymmetry because the nonzero radial current is produced by the large flow term in the equilibrium force balance for which the Boozer and Hamada coordinates cannot be constructed.

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