Neoclassical, Semi-collisional Tearing Mode Theory in an Axisymmetric Torus

Neoclassical, Semi-collisional Tearing Mode Theory in an Axisymmetric Torus

Neoclassical, Semi-collisional Tearing Mode Theory in an Axisymmetric Torus 150 150 Mathew
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Neoclassical, Semi-collisional Tearing Mode Theory in an Axisymmetric Torus

A set of layer equations for determining the stability of semi-collisional tearing modes in an axisymmetric torus, incorporating neoclassical physics, in the small ion Larmor radius limit is provided. These can be used as an inner layer module for inclusion in numerical codes that asymptotically match the layer to toroidal calculations of the tearing mode stability index,. They are more complete than in earlier work and comprise equations for the perturbed electron density and temperature, the ion temperature, Ampère’s law and the vorticity equation, amounting to a tenth order set of radial differential equations. While the toroidal geometry is kept quite general when treating the classical and Pfirsch-Schlüter transport, parallel bootstrap current and semi-collisional physics, it is assumed that the fraction of trapped particles is small for the banana regime contribution. This is to justify the use of a model collision term when acting on the localised (in velocity space) solutions that remain after the Spitzer solutions have been exploited to account for the bulk of the passing distributions. In this respect, unlike standard neoclassical transport theory, the calculation involves the second Spitzer solution connected with a parallel temperature gradient, because this stability problem involves parallel temperature gradients that cannot occur in equilibrium toroidal transport theory. Furthermore, a calculation of the linearized neoclassical radial transport of toroidal momentum for general geometry is required to complete the vorticity equation. The solutions of the resulting set of equations do not match properly to the ideal MHD equations at large distances from the layer, and a further, intermediate layer involving ion corrections to the electrical conductivity and ion parallel thermal transport is invoked to achieve this matching and allow one to correctly calculate the layer.

Collection:
Journals
Journal:
Journal of Plasma Physics
Publisher:
CUP
Published date:
21/09/2017