Influence of plasma background on 3D scrape-off layer filaments

David Schworer, Nicholas Ross Walkden, Huw Leggate, Benjamin Daniel Dudson, F. Militello, T Downes, Miles Turner

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This paper presents the effect of self-consistent plasma backgrounds including plasma-neutral interactions, on the dynamics of filament propagation. The principle focus is on the influence of the neutrals on the filament through both direct interactions and through their influence on the plasma background. Both direct and indirect interactions influence the motion of filaments. A monotonic increase of filament peak velocity with upstream electron temperature is observed, while a decrease with increasing electron density is observed. If ordered by the target temperature, the density dependence disappears and the filament velocity
is only a function of the target temperature. Smaller filaments keep a density dependence, as a result of the density dependence of the plasma viscosity. The critical size δ∗, where filaments are fastest, is shifted to larger sizes for higher densities, due to the plasma viscosity. If the density dependence of the plasma viscosity is removed, δ∗ has no density dependence, but rather a temperature dependence.
Original languageEnglish
Article number025008
Number of pages12
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number2
Early online date17 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2018

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