Feedback stabilization of resistive wall modes in a reversed-field pinch

P.R. Brunsell, D. Yadikin, D. Gregoratto, R. Paccagnella, Y.Q. Liu, M. Cecconello, J.R. Drake, G. Manduchi, G. Marchiori

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An array of saddle coils having Nc =16 equally spaced positions along the toroidal direction has been installed for feedback control of resistive wall modes (RWMs) on the EXTRAP T2R reversed-field pinch [P. R. Brunsell, H. Bergsaker, M. Cecconello, Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion 43, 1457 (2001)]. Using feedback, multiple nonresonant RWMs are simultaneously suppressed for three to four wall times. Feedback stabilization of RWMs results in a significant prolongation of the discharge duration. This is linked to a better sustainment of the plasma and tearing mode toroidal rotation with feedback. Due to the limited number of coils in the toroidal direction, pairs of modes with toroidal mode numbers n, n′ that fulfill the condition ∫n- n′ ∫ = Nc are coupled by the feedback action from the discrete coil array. With only one unstable mode in a pair of coupled modes, the suppression of the unstable mode is successful. If two modes are unstable in a coupled pair, two possibilities exist: partial suppression of both modes or, alternatively, complete stabilization of one target mode while the other is left unstable. © 2005 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number092508
Pages (from-to)1 - 10
Number of pages10
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Brunsell, P. R., Yadikin, D., Gregoratto, D., Paccagnella, R., Liu, Y. Q., Cecconello, M., ... Marchiori, G. (2005). Feedback stabilization of resistive wall modes in a reversed-field pinch. Physics of Plasmas, 12(9), 1 - 10. [092508].