Magnetic perturbations as a viable tool for edge turbulence modification

N. Vianello, C. Rea, M. Agostini, R. Cavazzana, G. Ciaccio, G. De Masi, E. Martines, A. Mazzi, B. Momo, G. Spizzo, P. Scarin, M. Spolaore, P. Zanca, M. Zuin, L. Carraro, P. Innocente, L. Marrelli, M.E. Puiatti, D. Terranova

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A complete description of the effects of magnetic perturbation on the edge region of RFX-mod is here reported. The flexibility of the RFX-mod device [1] allows for the operation of the machine both as a reversed field pinch (RFP, with maximum current 2 MA) and as a low-current, circular ohmic tokamak (Ip,max = 0.15 MA). The present paper summarizes the most recent results obtained in both configurations with either spontaneous or induced edge radial magnetic perturbation. Emphasis will be devoted to the experimental characterization of the edge flow, focusing on the phase relation between flow and perturbed magnetic field. These informations are provided for natural and stimulated helical discharges in RFPs, and for tokamak safely operated, thanks to the unique RFX-mod MHD control system, in a wide range of edge safety factor 1.9 ≲ q(a) ≤ 3.4 with externally imposed helical boundary. For the first time a detailed comparison between this phenomenology in tokamaks and RFPs will be presented, providing experimental measurement of the streamline of E x B flow around the magnetic perturbation and of the density modulation which exhibits the same periodicity of the perturbation. Strong new indication of the modification of the small scale turbulence in presence of magnetic perturbation is reported: this modification is deeply connected to the variation of turbulence induced particle transport.
Original languageEnglish
Article number014027
Pages (from-to)-
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Vianello, N., Rea, C., Agostini, M., Cavazzana, R., Ciaccio, G., De Masi, G., Martines, E., Mazzi, A., Momo, B., Spizzo, G., Scarin, P., Spolaore, M., Zanca, P., Zuin, M., Carraro, L., Innocente, P., Marrelli, L., Puiatti, M. E., & Terranova, D. (2015). Magnetic perturbations as a viable tool for edge turbulence modification. Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, 57(1), -. [014027].