On the basis of tearing mode theory a simple but physically explicit model of the evolution of toroidally coupled rotating magnetic islands has been developed. The basic mechanism identified by the model in the island evolution is the locking in phase of rotating islands that leads to rapid destabilisation of an initially stable mode. Destabilisation of marginally stable (2, 1) and (3, 1) modes is analysed in several scenarios. It is shown that mode coupling is an effective way of destabilising a m = 3 island in a low-β plasma. The numerical examples presented show the individual roles of coupling, inertia and a resistive wall. The model was applied for the analysis of MHD observations of an ASDEX discharge.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
Nave, M. F. F., Coelho, R., Lazzaro, E., & Serra, F. (2000). The influence of mode coupling on the non-linear evolution of tearing modes. European Physical Journal D, 8(2), 287 - 297. https://doi.org/10.1007/s100530050038