PLT limiters used during Ohmic and neutral-beam heated discharges were melted and eroded. For the steel limiters, the pattern of large (20 cm2) melted areas was 0.1 — 1.0-mm ripples in a regular array. The various types of damage can be explained by the power and momentum fluxes of bulk plasma and beam ions and by disruptions. The plasma scrape-off distance inferred from the extent of the damage ranges from 5 to 30 mm and is consistent with a radially outward drift velocity of 2 X 104mm s-1. A new model of the plasma scrape-off is presented which explains pattern and extent of the damage.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Condensed Matter Physics