Effects of cross-sectional elongation on the resistive edge modes
Journal article, 2001
Resistive edge modes in a shifted noncircular tokamak geometry are investigated in the electrostatic limit. The reduced Braghinskii equations are used as a model for the electrons and an advanced fluid model for the ions. An eigenvalue problem is derived from these equations which is solved numerically. It is found that the resistive ballooning modes are stabilized by plasma elongation for
peaked density profiles. In addition, it is found that the resistive ITG mode may be either stabilized or destabilized by elongation depending on the collision frequency.