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The Three-dimensional Cauchy-condition Surface Method To Reconstruct The Last Closed Magnetic Surface In Non-axisymmetric Fusion Plasma

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/BEM130111

Volume

54

Pages

10

Page Range

113 - 122

Published

2013

Size

1,979 kb

Author(s)

M. Itagaki & K. Watanabe

Abstract

The three-dimensional (3D) Cauchy-condition surface (CCS) method code is now under development to reconstruct the 3D magnetic field profile outside a non-axisymmetric fusion plasma using only magnetic sensor signals. The boundary integral equations in terms of 3D vector potential for magnetic field sensors, flux loops and points along the CCS are solved simultaneously. Test calculations have been carried out for the Large Helical Device (LHD). The magnetic field line tracing based on the reconstructed field indicates the plasma boundary (the outer surface of the stochastic region) precisely. The Poincaré plot points obtained from a field line tracing are converted to contours of a ‘quasi’ magnetic surface function using the expansion of radial basis functions. Introducing the ‘inside/outside’ ratio related to the scatter in the Poincaré plot, the contour where the ratio jumps is taken as a best estimate for the location of the last closed magnetic surface (LCMS). This reconstructed LCMS agrees well with the reference LCMS. Keywords: magnetic sensor, plasma boundary, last closed magnetic surface, Cauchy-condition surface method, twisted Cauchy-condition surface, magnetic field line tracing, Poincaré plot.

Keywords

magnetic sensor, plasma boundary, last closed magnetic surface, Cauchy-condition surface method, twisted Cauchy-condition surface, magnetic field line tracing, Poincaré plot