Improved confinement and transport studies in the reversed field experiment (RFX)

R. Bartiromo, V. Antoni, T. Bolzonella, A. Buffa, L. Marrelli, P. Martin, E. Martines, S. Martini, R. Pasqualotto

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This paper presents results obtained on the Reversed Field eXperiment, RFX [G. Rostagni, Fusion Engineering and Design 25, 301 (1995)], on the study of local transport properties of the RFP configuration both in the standard regime and during improved confinement phases obtained with poloidal current drive. The plasma core is dominated by magnetic turbulence, as indicated by both energy and particle transport analysis. Diffusivity decreases toward the edge and is reduced in the core at high Lundquist number. The edge region is apparently not affected by dynamo mode turbulence and determines global confinement in standard operation. Particle and heat diffusivity in this region show a favorable dependence with increasing density. The most interesting feature of the edge region of RFX consists of a sheared radial electric field with shearing rate comparable to that observed in tokamaks. Indications of turbulence reduction in the shear layer have been obtained. Enhanced energy confinement has been produced by pulsed poloidal current drive (PPCD). A clear reduction of the dynamo activity has been observed with a decrease of core thermal diffusivity to level comparable to the edge and global confinement improvement up to a factor of 3. © 1999 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1830 - 1836
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number5 I
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Bartiromo, R., Antoni, V., Bolzonella, T., Buffa, A., Marrelli, L., Martin, P., ... Pasqualotto, R. (1999). Improved confinement and transport studies in the reversed field experiment (RFX). Physics of Plasmas, 6(5 I), 1830 - 1836.