The rise of electron temperature along the magnetic field line was clearly observed in divertor relevant recombining plasma, even though there was no additional electron heating source. Electron temperature obtained at recombination front was approximately 0.5 eV, whereas it increased up to greater than 1 eV at downstream of recombination front. Although this temperature rise is likely common in detached or recombining plasmas, the mechanism has not been understood yet. This report provides a reasonable interpretation of temperature rise along the magnetic field line, for the first time: depletion of low energy electrons due to volumetric recombination leads to deformation of electron energy distribution, resulting in an apparent increase in electron temperature. Our experiment supports this interpretation in that the experimentally observed electron temperature showed good agreement with calculated effective electron temperature.
|Journal||Physics of Plasmas|
|Publication status||Published - 2022 Mar 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics