The tearing mode locking-unlocking mechanism to an external resonant field in EXTRAP T2R
2014 (English)In: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, ISSN 0741-3335, E-ISSN 1361-6587, Vol. 56, no 10, 104001- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The tearing mode (TM) locking and unlocking process due to an external resonant magnetic perturbation (RMP) is experimentally studied in EXTRAP T2R. The RMP produces a reduction of the natural TM velocity and ultimately the TM locking if a threshold in the RMP amplitude is exceeded. During the braking process, the TM slows down via a mechanism composed of deceleration and acceleration phases. During the acceleration phases, the TM can reach velocities higher than the natural velocity. Once the TM locking occurs, the RMP must be reduced to a small amplitude to obtain the TM unlocking, showing that the unlocking threshold is significantly smaller than the locking threshold and that the process is characterized by hysteresis. Experimental results are in qualitative agreement with a model that describes the locking-unlocking process via the balance of the electromagnetic torque produced by the RMP that acts to brake the TM and the viscous torque that tends to re-establish the unperturbed velocity.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 56, no 10, 104001- p.
RMP, locking, hysteresis, RFP, tearing mode
Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-155144DOI: 10.1088/0741-3335/56/10/104001ISI: 000342759900003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84907246910OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-155144DiVA: diva2:760997
QC 201411052014-11-052014-10-312016-01-11Bibliographically approved