MHD Stability of Advanced Tokamak Scenarios with Reversed Central Current: An Explanation of the “Current Hole”

MHD Stability of Advanced Tokamak Scenarios with Reversed Central Current: An Explanation of the “Current Hole”

MHD Stability of Advanced Tokamak Scenarios with Reversed Central Current: An Explanation of the “Current Hole” 150 150 Mathew

MHD Stability of Advanced Tokamak Scenarios with Reversed Central Current: An Explanation of the “Current Hole”

A region of zero current density in the plasma center has been observed in the advanced tokamak scenarios with off-axis lower-hybrid current drive in the JET and JT-60U tokamak experiments. Significantly, the central current density does not become negative, although this is expected based on conventional current diffusion. In this paper, it is shown that the zero central current density and the absence of negative central current can be explained by the influence of a resistive kink magnetohydrodynamic instability.

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10/12/2001