Effects of a vertical magnetic field on particle confinement in a magnetized plasma torus

The particle confinement in a magnetized plasma torus with superimposed vertical magnetic field is modeled and measured experimentally. The formation of an equilibrium characterized by a parallel plasma current canceling out the grad B and curvature drifts is described using a two-fluid model. Characteristic response frequencies and relaxation rates are calculated. The predictions for the particle confinement time as a function of the vertical magnetic field are verified in a systematic experimental study on the TORPEX device, including the existence of an optimal vertical field and the anticorrelation between confinement time and density.


Published in:
Physical Review Letters, 93, 16
Year:
2004
ISSN:
0031-9007
ISBN:
0031-9007
Other identifiers:
Laboratories:
SPC
CRPP




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