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Plasma profiles, waves and anomalous transport in a purely toroidal plasma modified by a biased internal anode
2006 (English)In: Physica Scripta, ISSN 0031-8949, E-ISSN 1402-4896, Vol. T122, 52-65 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Two-dimensional (2D) plasma profiles, gradient-driven low frequency electrostatic waves and anomalous particle transport are studied experimentally in a purely toroidal plasma configuration. The plasma is produced by a negatively biased, emissive cathode in conjunction with a variably biased anode plate localized on the same field line. Nearly circularly symmetric potential profiles, positive or negative, can be obtained by varying the anode plate bias. Confinement loss in the form of plasma ejection in the major radius direction is only observed when the anode is biased close to ground potential. For the cases of circularly symmetric plasma flow electrostatic flute modes with poloidal mode number m = 1 and m = 2 are identified as unstable on the low- field side of the density maximum, but indications are also given that they coexist with spatially quasi-uniform oscillations and, for low frequencies, with an ion acoustic mode with toroidal mode number n = 1 propagating parallel to the magnetic field. The anomalous particle flux density is found to be non- uniformly distributed on a toroidal surface, and the main flux is passed through two lobes directed almost vertically upwards and downwards, while almost no flux takes place along the major radius direction.

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2006. Vol. T122, 52-65 p.
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simple magnetized torus
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-15616DOI: 10.1088/0031-8949/2006/T122/010ISI: 000236918100010OAI: diva2:333658
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05Bibliographically approved

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