SOLPS 5.0 simulations of the high-field side divertor detachment of L-mode plasmas in ASDEX upgrade with convection-dominated radial SOL transport

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  • Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik
  • University of Lisbon
  • University of Seville


SOLPS 5.0 simulations assuming convection-dominated radial ion transport show qualitative and quantitative agreement with measurements of detached high-field side (HFS) divertor conditions for unseeded low-power L-mode plasmas in ASDEX Upgrade, while simultaneously maintaining a reasonable match to the density and temperature measurements at the low-field side (LFS) and HFS midplanes within the scatter of the data. The decreased diffusive transport from the high-density region in the HFS divertor volume across the separatrix into the core enables spatial extension of the high-density front to above the X-point in agreement with spectroscopic measurements. The suppressed ion fuelling from this region into the core plasma allows increasing the neutral D 2 fuelling to experimental levels, leading to agreement with the measured sub-divertor neutral fluxes within 30%. Detachment of the HFS divertor is observed as a significant decrease of the target ion flux and as reproduction of the characteristic roll-over behaviour of the integrated target ion current at increasing upstream density.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-286
Number of pages8
JournalNuclear Materials and Energy
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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