Thermal Transport in the DIII-D Edge Pedestal
Stacey, Weston M.
Groebner, Richard J.
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A new procedure for inferring χ[subscript i,e] in the plasma edge from experimental data and integrated modeling code calculations has been developed which takes into account atomic physics and radiation effects and convective as well as conductive heat flux profiles. Application to DIII-D shots indicates that the sharp temperature gradient pedestal region may be caused as much, if not more, by an increase (with radius) of the conductive heat flux as by a decrease of the thermal transport coefficient. Inferred χ[subscript i,e][superscript exp] are compared with theoretical predictions.