Analytical description of poloidally diverted tokamak equilibrium with linear stream functions

R. Srinivasan, L. L. Lao, Ming-Sheng Chu

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The tokamak plasmas in most of the present experiments and those considered for the future reactors are up-down asymmetric in nature. This asymmetry arises due to external coils and conducting structures which surround the plasma. The analytical description of these equilibria using mathematically simpler methods is useful for the theoretical study of stability and transport. Such a tokamak equilibrium has been constructed analytically for arbitrary aspect ratios. The asymmetric nature arises through the homogeneous part of the exact solution of the Grad-Shafranov equation with a choice of pressure and toroidal function as linear in poloidal flux. These solutions can describe both single- and double-null divertor plasmas with an appropriate choice of plasma boundary. This has been used to construct DIII-D and ITER-like equilibrium and compared with those computed numerically.

Original languageEnglish
Article number035007
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Apr 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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