UKAEA Journals

Showing 51 - 60 of 60 Journals Results
1996

This paper reports on the ideal magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) stability of tokamak field profiles that have a non-monotonic safety factor q ( r ). An analytic criterion is obtained for these ‘‘inverse shear’’ profiles by expanding in inverse aspect ratio and assuming that the minimum in q is slightly less than the m / n value of the mode under …

Published
1995

A kinetic theory for magnetic islands in a low collision frequency tokamak plasma is presented. Self-consistent equations for the islands’ width, w , and propagation frequency, w , are derived. These include contributions from the perturbed bootstrap current and the toroidally enhanced ion polarization drift. The bootstrap current is ind…

Published
1995

A generalized energy principle is used to determine the effect of ion cyclotron resonant heating (lCRH) on the stability of m = 1 intemal kink displacements in the low-frequency limit: such displacements are associated with sawtooth oscillations. An integral expression is obtained for the contribution to the plasma energy of an ICRH-heated minority…

Published
1991

The inclusion of the variation of the equilibrium magnetic field across the Larmor orbits of the resonant particles is crucial for a self-consistent treatment of cyclotron resonance in plasmas. Two contrasting nonrelativistic self-consistent calculations [T. M. Antonsen and W. M. Manheimer, Phys. Fluids 21,2295 (1978); C. N. Lashmore-Davies and R. …

Published
1991

This is Part II of a study of resonant perturbations, such as resistive tearing and ballooning modes, in a torus. These are described by marginal ideal magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations in the regions between resonant surfaces; matching across these surfaces provides the dispersion relation. Part I [Phys. Fluids B3, 1532 (1991)] described how all…

Published
1991

In a cylindrical plasma, tearing modes can be calculated by asymptotic matching of ideal magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) solutions across a critical layer. This requires a quantity that represents the “discontinuity*’ in the ideal solution across the layer. In a torus, poloidal harmonics are coupled and there are many critical surfaces for each toroi…

Published
1990

Local extrema in the equilibrium magnetic field strength can occur in tokamak plasmas when the plasma beta is increased. Furthermore, the magnetic field strength experienced by an electromagnetic wave propagating along a vertical chord in lower-beta tokamak plasmas may also pass through an extremum. For both these reasons, it is of interest to calc…

Published