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2010

Two issues of the resistive wall mode (RWM) control code maturity are addressed: the inclusion of advanced mode damping physics beyond the ideal MHD description, and the possibility of taking into account the influence of 3D features of the conducting structures on the mode stability and control. Examples of formulations and computational results a…

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2010

Plasma rotation in tokamaks is of special interest for its potential stabilising effect on micro- and macro instabilities, leading to increased confinement. In MAST, the torque from Neutral Beam Injection (NBI) can spin the plasma to a core velocity ~ 300km.s -1 (Alfven Mach number ~ 0.3). Low density plasmas often exhibit a weakly non-monotonic sa…

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2010

MAST plasmas with a safety factor above unity and a profile with either weakly reversed shear, or broad low shear regions, regularly exhibit long-lived saturated ideal magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) instabilities. The toroidal rotation is flattened in the presence of such perturbations and the fast ion losses are enhanced. These ideal modes, distinguish…

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2009

Tearing mode stability is normally analysed using MHD or two-fluid Braginskii plasma models. However for present, or future, large hot tokamaks like JET or ITER the collisionality is such as to place them in the banana regime. Here we develop a linear stability theory for the resonant layer physics appropriate to such a regime. The outcome is a set…

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2009

The stability of ion temperature gradient ITG modes and the quasilinear fluxes driven by them are analyzed in weakly collisional tokamak plasmas using a semianalytical model based on an approximate solution of the gyrokinetic equation, where collisions are modeled by a Lorentz operator. Although the frequencies and growth rates of ITG modes far fro…

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2009

Self-consistent computations are carried out to study the stability of the resistive wall mode RWM in DIII-D J. L. Luxon, Nucl. Fusion 42 , 614 2002 plasmas with slow plasma rotation, using the hybrid kinetic-magnetohydrodynamic code MARS-K [Y. Q. Liu and et al. , Phys. Plasmas 15 , 112503 (2008)]. Based on kinetic resonances between the mode and t…

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2009

The generation of zonal magnetic fields in laboratory fusion plasmas is predicted by theoretical and numerical models and was recently observed experimentally. It is shown that the modification of the current density gradient associated with such corrugations can significantly affect the stability of the tearing mode. A simple scaling law is derive…

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2009

‘Advanced tokamak’ (AT) scenarios were developed with the aim of reaching tokamak steady-state operation. They are designed to optimise the self-generated current, whilst also reaching sufficiently high plasma pressure to achieve optimal fusion reaction rates. AT scenarios exhibit non-monotonic to flat safety factor profiles (q, a measure of th…

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2008

An analytical, large aspect ratio, calculation of the drift-kinetic energy perturbation is carried out for the resistive wall mode, due to the mode resonance with the magnetic precession drifts of trapped thermal ions and electrons. Four asymptotic cases are identified and analyzed in detail. Generally, a partial stabilization of the mode is possib…

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