RF-transpond: A 1D coupled cold plasma wave and plasma transport model for ponderomotive force driven density modification parallel to B_0
The RF-Transpond code couples a fluid plasma transport solver with a frequency domain cold plasma RF wave solver in a 1D domain parallel to a strong background magnetic field. A ponderomotive force term proportional to parallel gradients in the electric field strength is included in the transport model in order to describe ponderomotive effects in the scrape-off layer (SOL) of fusion plasmas. The transport and wave codes are verified independently and a coupled case corresponding to experimental parameters from the LArge Plasma Device (LAPD) is presented. The density perturbation ratio R_n, calculated to describe ponderomotive force driven modifications, is up to 20% for the simulation inputs used.