Changes in transport with Resonant Magnetic Perturbations in Tokamaks
Saskia Mordijck, College of William and Mary
January 25, 2016, 4:00pm, SERF 383
Abstract: The steep gradients at the plasma edge in a tokamak result in Edge Localized Modes (ELMs), which when extrapolated to burning plasma conditions, will melt the first wall. In order to reduce the steep gradients to below the instability limit, resonant magnetic perturbation (RMPs), a 3D-field magnetic field perturbation are introduced. RMPs can succesfully suppress or mitigate ELMs through an increase in particle transport. In this presentation, I will first address how RMPs affect the magnetic topology at the plasma edge and whether this change in topology can explain the observed changes in particle transport and confinement. Next, I will discuss, how inadvertently RMPs also increase particle transport in the plasma core, which affect global confinement and the ultimate fusion gain factor.
Bio: Saskia Mordijck received her Ph.D. from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in 2011 and she received a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on energy sciences from the K.U. Leuven (Belgium) in 2006. Her research focuses on plasma transport and how the plasma edge affects core confinement in Tokamaks. Currently, she is research faculty at The College of William and Mary.