Neoclassical transport in the helical reversed-field pinch

M. Gobbin, G. Spizzo, L. Marrelli, R.B. White

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Test particle evaluation of the diffusion coefficient in a fusion plasma in the reversed-field pinch (RFP) configuration shows distinct similarities with stellarators when the plasma spontaneously evolves towards a helical shape. The almost total absence of superbanana particles at the levels of helical deformation seen in experiment (Bh/B=10%) causes transport to be proportional to collision frequency (at low collisions). This fact excludes the possibility that the minimum conceivable transport could be inversely proportional to collision frequency, which is typical of unoptimized stellarators. This result strengthens the perspectives of the helical RFP as a fusion configuration. © 2010 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number195006
Pages (from-to)-
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Gobbin, M., Spizzo, G., Marrelli, L., & White, R. B. (2010). Neoclassical transport in the helical reversed-field pinch. Physical Review Letters, 105(19), -. [195006].