Mode-locking phenomena in the TPE-RX reversed-field pinch plasma

Yasuyuki Yagi, Haruhisa Koguchi, Hajime Sakakita, Shigeyuki Sekine, Yoshiki Maejima, Jenny-Ann B. Nilsson, Tommaso Bolzonella, Paolo Zanca

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The characteristics of the phase- and wall-locked mode found in a large-sized reversed-field pinch (RFP) machine TPE-RX [Y. Yagi et al. Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion 41, 255 (1999)] are described in detail. The toroidally-localized radial magnetic field starts to grow after the setup of the RFP configuration in a current rising phase, reaching up to 2% of the poloidal magnetic field at the plasma surface, and stays at the same toroidal location throughout the discharge. The mode frequently locks to the thick shell gap position with a 20%-30% probability. The plasma-wall interaction is enhanced at the locked position where the thermal wall load is peaked by a factor of about 3 on average. The locked mode disappears in some experimental conditions. The probability for the locked mode to appear depends on the experimental conditions, especially on the filling pressure of the fueling gas and on the rise time of the plasma current. Possible causes of the locked mode are discussed from the braking effect of the eddy current as well as from the halo current in the vacuum vessel. © 1999 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3824 - 3837
Number of pages14
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Yagi, Y., Koguchi, H., Sakakita, H., Sekine, S., Maejima, Y., Nilsson, J-A. B., ... Zanca, P. (1999). Mode-locking phenomena in the TPE-RX reversed-field pinch plasma. Physics of Plasmas, 6(10), 3824 - 3837.