Plasma Stability in a Tokamak with Reactor Technologies Taking into Account the Pressure Pedestal
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Studying stationary regimes with high plasma confinement in a tokamak with reactor technologies (TRT)  involves calculating the plasma stability taking into account the influence of the current density profiles and pressure gradient in the pedestal near the boundary. At the same time, the operating limits should be determined by the parameters of the pedestal, which, in particular, are set by the stability limit of the peeling–ballooning modes that trigger the peripheral disruption of edge
... calized modes (ELM). Using simulation of the quasi-equilibrium evolution of the plasma by the ASTRA and DINA codes, as well as a simulator of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) modes localized at the boundary of the plasma torus based on the KINX code, stability calculations are performed for different plasma scenarios in the TRT with varying plasma density and temperature profiles, as well as the corresponding bootstrap current density in the pedestal region. At the same time, experimental scalings for the width of the pedestal are used. The obtained pressure values are below the limits for an ITER-like plasma due to the lower triangularity and higher aspect ratio of TRT plasma. For the same reason, the reversal of magnetic field shear in the pedestal occurs at a lower current density, which causes the instability of modes with low toroidal wave numbers and reduces the effect of diamagnetic stabilization.