Alfvén eigenmodes in the RFX-mod reversed-field pinch plasma

S. Spagnolo, M. Zuin, F. Auriemma, R. Cavazzana, E. Martines, M. Spolaore, N. Vianello

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High-frequency magnetic activity has been detected at the edge region of the RFX-mod reversed-field pinch (RFP) device. The analysis, performed by means of an insertable probe measuring the magnetic field fluctuations, shows coherent modes clearly depending on the Alfvén velocity, at a frequency in the range 0.1-1.5 MHz. Two main distinct modes are observed, characterized by low (|n| ≤ 1) toroidal periodicity, with the features of discrete Alfvén eigenmodes. A splitting of the mode frequency is detected, a sign of the relevance of non-linearity in the physical process under study. The experimental observations could suggest an interpretation of the modes in terms of global Alfvén eigenmodes. Some hints about the possible drive mechanisms are also given. © 2011 IAEA, Vienna.
Original languageEnglish
Article number083038
Pages (from-to)-
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Spagnolo, S., Zuin, M., Auriemma, F., Cavazzana, R., Martines, E., Spolaore, M., & Vianello, N. (2011). Alfvén eigenmodes in the RFX-mod reversed-field pinch plasma. Nuclear Fusion, 51(8), -. [083038].