Response of a resistive and rotating tokamak to external magnetic perturbations below the Alfven frequency
Journal article, 2011

Motivated by the recent experimental observation that plasma stability can be improved by external magnetic perturbations, the general problem of plasma response to external magnetic perturbations is investigated. Different (vacuum, ideal and resistive) plasma response models are considered and compared. Plasma response, in experiments where stabilization was achieved, is obtained through computation using the MARS-F code, with a plasma model that includes both plasma resistivity and rotation. The resultant magnetic field line stochasticity is much reduced from that obtained formerly using the vacuum plasma model. This reduced stochasticity is more consistent with the favourable experimental observation of enhanced stability. Examples are given for the response of an ITER plasma to perturbations generated by the correction coils; and the response of a plasma to external coils (antenna) up to the Alfvén frequency.


M.S. Chu

L.L. Lao

M.J. Schaffer

T. Evans

E.J. Strait

Yueqiang Liu

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Transport Theory

M.J. Lanctot

H. Reimerdes

Yue Liu

T. Casper

Y. Gribov

Nuclear Fusion

0029-5515 (ISSN)

Vol. 51 073036-

Areas of Advance



Basic sciences

Subject Categories

Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics

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