Experimentally inferred thermal diffusivities in the edge pedestal between edge-localized modes in DIII-D
Stacey, Weston M.
Groebner, Richard J.
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Using temperature and density profiles averaged over the same subinterval of several successive inter-edge-localized-mode (ELM) periods, the ion and electron thermal diffusivities in the edge pedestal were inferred between ELMs for two DIII-D [ J. Luxon, Nucl. Fusion 42, 614 (2002) ] discharges. The inference procedure took into account the effects of plasma reheating and density buildup between ELMs, radiation and atomic physics cooling, neutral beam heating and ion-electron equilibration, and recycling neutral and beam ionization particle sources in determining the conductive heat flux profiles used to infer the thermal diffusivities in the edge pedestal. Comparison of the inferred thermal diffusivities with theoretical formulas based on various transport mechanisms was inconclusive insofar as identifying likely transport mechanisms.