Existence of discrete modes in an unstable shear Alfvén continuous spectrum

Fulvio Zonca, Liu Chen, Robert A. Santoro, J.Q. Dong

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In this letter, we demonstrate the existence of unstable ion temperature gradient driven Alfvén eigenmodes in tokamak plasmas, which are ideally stable with respect to magnetohydrodynamics (MHD). Conditions for the destabilization of such modes are quantitatively discussed on the basis of theoretical analyses of the mode dispersion relation, which is given in a compact analytical form. It is emphasized that instability requires both sufficiently strong thermal ion temperature gradients and that the plasma be sufficiently close to ideal MHD marginal stability. © 1998 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2009 - 2021
Number of pages13
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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