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  • Nonlinear coupled MHD-kinetic particle simulations of heavy impurities in tokamak plasmas

We present a new reference solution for charged particle motion in a strongly inhomogeneous magnetostatic field. The solution describes both bound and unbound particle motion, which can be split into three regimes, the deflection, loop-deflection and drift regime. We calculate the trajectory in terms of trigonometric and hyperbolic functions, resulting in simple analytical expressions for the particle position and ∇B-drift velocity. This reference solution is useful to verify and compare the performance of kinetic and guiding-centre charged particle pushers in inhomogeneous fields, by verifying the conservation of two constants of motion, as well as the exact trajectory at any time.

Nonlinear coupled MHD-kinetic particle simulations of heavy impurities in tokamak plasmas

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Daan van Vugt
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PhD