After the non-inductive current startup experimental campaign on the spherical tokamak compact plasma wall interaction device (CPD), various localized damage tracks or footprint traces have been observed on plasma facing components (PFCs), such as the chamber walls and the 'stiffeners' that support them. Although the magnetic field configuration is mainly open, the footprint traces are classified as (1) radially distributed traces, (2) toroidal imperfect circular traces with small gaps, (3) arc-shaped traces and (4) vertically distributed traces. The surface analysis of the samples attached near the traces has been carried out by scanning electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. They suggest thin deposition of impurity materials (C, Cu, Ti, Fe and their oxides) over the traces. These footprint traces are analysed in view of the localized plasma wall interaction and the loss of energetic electrons using orbit calculations. Radially distributed traces correspond to the loss of co- and counter-moving passing electrons mainly escaping along the magnetic field lines. The imperfect circular traces are found corresponding to lost orbits of the energetic trapped electrons largely crossing the magnetic field lines. Other traces are also discussed from a viewpoint of loss along the magnetic field lines and impurity deposition.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Condensed Matter Physics