Non-linear MHD modeling of edge localized mode cycles and mitigation by resonant magnetic perturbations

F. Orain, M. Bécoulet, J. Morales, G.T.A. Huijsmans, G. Dif-Pradalier, M. Hoelzl, X. Garbet, S. Pamela, E. Nardon, C. Passeron, G. Latu, P. Cahyna

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Abstract

The dynamics of a multi-edge localized mode (ELM) cycle as well as the ELM mitigation by resonant magnetic perturbations (RMPs) are modeled in realistic tokamak X-point geometry with the non-linear reduced MHD code JOREK. The diamagnetic rotation is found to be a key parameter enabling us to reproduce the cyclical dynamics of the plasma relaxations and to model the near-symmetric ELM power deposition on the inner and outer divertor target plates consistently with experimental measurements. Moreover, the non-linear coupling of the RMPs with unstable modes are found to modify the edge magnetic topology and induce a continuous MHD activity in place of a large ELM crash, resulting in the mitigation of the ELMs. At larger diamagnetic rotation, a bifurcation from unmitigated ELMs—at low RMP current—towards fully suppressed ELMs—at large RMP current—is obtained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)014020-1/10
Number of pages10
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Volume57
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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