Effects of edge safety factor on the toroidal flow velocity of the STOR-M plasma.
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The effect of changing edge safety factor on the toroidal flow of the STOR-M plasma has been investigated during the application of both resonant magnetic perturbation (RMP) and compact torus injection (CTI). The edge safety factor was varied by varying the plasma current while keeping the toroidal field constant. A Czyner-Turner spectrometer was used to collect the spectral data from which the velocity of specific impurity ions was diagnosed. Time resolved velocity measurements were inferred from the Doppler wavelength shift of the emission lines. Impurity emission lines at different ionization stages are located at different radial locations within the STOR-M plasma. Properties of these impurity ions are assumed to be closely related the hydrogen ion (main working gas) due to the strong interaction among the ion species. Changing the edge safety factor has a similar effect on the toroidal flow of STOR-M plasma during discharges with both RMP and CTI. A velocity shear was discovered for different impurity ions. The toroidal flow is enhanced for edge ions while a reversal of flow is observed for core ions. As the edge safety factor reduces, the emission location for the core ions is located with q=2 surface and RMP has a significant impact on their toroidal flow velocity. It was also observed that CT injection has a significant effect on the toroidal velocity of the core ions compared to that of the edge ions. In addition, high plasma current (low safety factor) induced large change in the toroidal flow velocity of the STOR-M plasma.
DegreeMaster of Science (M.Sc.)
DepartmentPhysics and Engineering Physics
CommitteeHirose, Akira; Smolyakov, Andrei; Teng, Daniel; McWilliams, Kathryn
Copyright DateFebruary 2015
edge safety factor
toroidal flow velocity