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Comparison of confinement in resistive-shell reversed-field pinch devices with two different magnetic shell penetration times
KTH, Superseded Departments, Physics.
KTH, Superseded Departments, Alfvén Laboratory.
KTH, Superseded Departments, Physics.
KTH, Superseded Departments, Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7389-5501
2004 (English)In: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, ISSN 0741-3335, E-ISSN 1361-6587, Vol. 46, no 1, 11-22 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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A loop voltage is required to sustain the reversed-field pinch (RFP) equilibrium. The configuration is characterized by redistribution of magnetic helicity but with the condition that the total helicity is maintained constant. The magnetic field shell penetration time, tau(s), has a critical role in the stability and performance of the RFP Confinement in the EXTRAP device has been studied with two values of tau(s), first (EXTRAP-T2) with tau(s), of the order of the typical relaxation cycle timescale and then (EXTRAP-T2R) with tau(s), much longer than the relaxation cycle timescale, but still much shorter than the pulse length. Plasma parameters show significant improvements in confinement in EXTRAP-T2R. The typical loop voltage required to sustain comparable electron poloidal beta values is a factor of 3 lower in the EXTRAP-T2R device. The improvement is attributed to reduced magnetic turbulence.

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2004. Vol. 46, no 1, 11-22 p.
Keyword [en]
plasma, relaxation, profiles, ratio
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Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-23155DOI: 10.1088/0741-3335/46/1/002ISI: 000188869600003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-0942299123OAI: diva2:341853
QC 20100525 QC 20111101Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10 Last updated: 2012-03-20Bibliographically approved

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