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Radial transport modeling of high density deuterium plasmas in proto-MPEX with the B2.5-Eirene code...

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Physics of Plasmas
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High density (≥6 × 1019 m−3), low temperature (2–6 eV) helicon discharges in the Prototype Material Plasma Exposure eXperiment (Proto-MPEX) are analyzed with the coupled multifluid plasma, kinetic neutrals code B2.5-Eirene. The interpretative analyses are constrained by data from multiple diagnostics, including Langmuir probes, Mach probes, filterscopes, infrared TV system, Thomson scattering, and baratrons. The objectives of the transport simulations include: investigation of the effects of heating, fueling, and plasma production; pumping, and assumed radial transport models on the calculated density and temperature distributions; plasma flow profiles and power balance. The primary objective in this report is to investigate the effects of the radial transport model in full plasma (the entire length of the plasma column in Proto-MPEX) data-constrained simulations. Results from three assumed forms of the radial transport coefficients are presented, including spatially constant, radially decreasing, and Bohm (D,χ ∼ Te/|B|). The results from each of the three transport coefficient sets agree qualitatively with the core (near axis) data. With the implicit Te dependence, the Bohm coefficients tend to decrease as functions of radius, although not as strongly as the centrally peaked set. The axial variation in the Bohm coefficients is largely due to the axial structure of the magnetic field. The agreement of the simulations and the diagnostic data with the Bohm set indicates that transport in the plasma column of Proto-MPEX is dominated by Bohm diffusion.