MHD stability in high βt DIII-D divertor discharges

L. L. Lao, E. J. Strait, T. S. Taylor, Ming-Sheng Chu, T. Ozeki, W. Howl, R. D. Stambaugh, K. H. Burrell, M. S. Chance, J. C. Deboo, P. Gohil, J. M. Greene, R. J. Groebner, A. G. Kellman, M. Ali Mahdavi, T. H. Osborne, G. Porter, A. D. Turnbull

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Stability against ideal low n kink and infinite n ballooning modes in high beta T H-mode single null DIII-D divertor plasmas is examined. The equilibrium plasma pressure and current profiles are reconstructed self-consistently from experimentally measured magnetic data and kinetic profile data. The results show that the plasma is marginally stable to the ballooning mode near the central region and is stable to the ballooning mode over most of the plasma volume. Although the total volume averaged toroidal beta beta T in these discharges has not reached the limit imposed by the ideal ballooning mode, the pressure gradient near the edge region approaches the ballooning limit locally, particularly just preceding the occurrence of a giant edge localized mode (ELM). The results also indicate that plasmas with high normalized toroidal beta beta N>or=2.7-3.0 marginally stable to the ideal n=1 pressure driven kink mode without a conducting wall.

Original languageEnglish
Article number002
Pages (from-to)509-526
Number of pages18
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1989 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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