Rotation velocities and radial electric field in the plasma edge
Stacey, Weston M.
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The toroidal and poloidal rotation and related radial electric field observed in the edge (and core) of tokamak plasmas are of interest for several reasons, not least of which is what they reveal about radial momentum transport, but also because of their apparent role in the L-H transition and the edge pedestal. It was recently shown that if the heat transport coefficients and rotation velocities are taken from experiment, then the particle, momentum and energy balance equations and the conductive heat conduction relation are sufficient to determine the observed edge pedestal profile structure in the density and temperature profiles in several DIII-D discharges. Thus, it would seem that understanding the edge pedestal structure is a matter of understanding the edge rotation profiles. We present a practical computational model for the rotation and the radial electric field profiles in the plasma edge that is based on momentum and particle balance, includes both convective (including anomalous) and neoclassical gyroviscous momentum transport, and incorporates atomic physics effects associated with recycling neutrals.