Stabilization of magnetic islands due to the sheared plasma flow and viscosity

A.I. Smolyakov, E. Lazzaro, M. Azumi, Y. Kishimoto

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It is shown that the asymmetric deformation of the magnetic island caused by the finite plasma viscosity gives a stabilizing effect on the magnetic islands in the Rutherford regime. Such stabilization typically overcomes the destabilizing effect of the ion polarization current.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1661 - 1669
Number of pages9
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2001
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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