Orbit effects on impurity transport in a rotating tokamak plasma

K. L. Wong, C. Z. Cheng

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Particle orbits in a rotating tokamak plasma are calculated from the equation of motion in the frame that rotates with the plasma. It is found that heavy particles in a rotating plasma can drift away from magnetic surfaces significantly faster with a higher bounce frequency, resulting in a diffusion coefficient much larger than that for a stationary plasma. Particle orbits near the surface of a rotating tokamak are also analyzed. Orbit effects indicate that more impurities can penetrate into a plasma rotating with counterbeam injection. Particle simulation is carried out with realistic experimental parameters and the results are in qualitative agreement with some experimental observations in the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) [in Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Controlled Fusion and Plasma Heating (European Physical Society, Brussels, 1987), p. 121].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)545-554
Number of pages10
JournalPhysics of Fluids B
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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