The plasma boundary in single helical axis RFP plasmas

E. Martines, R. Lorenzini, B. Momo, S. Munaretto, P. Innocente, M. Spolaore

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Single helical axis states obtained in high current reversed field pinch plasmas display, aside from a dominant mode in the m = 1 spectrum, also a dominant m = 0 mode, with the same toroidal mode number as the m = 1 one. The two modes have a fixed phase relationship. The island chain created by the m = 0 mode across the reversal surface gives rise, at shallow reversal of the toroidal field, to an X-point structure which separates the last closed flux surface from the first wall, creating a divertor-like configuration. The plasma-wall interaction is found to be related to the connection length of the field lines intercepting the wall, which displays a pattern modulated by the dominant mode toroidal periodicity. This configuration, which occurs only for shallow toroidal field reversal, could be exploited to realize an island divertor in analogy to stellarators. © 2010 IAEA, Vienna.
Original languageEnglish
Article number035014
Pages (from-to)-
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Martines, E., Lorenzini, R., Momo, B., Munaretto, S., Innocente, P., & Spolaore, M. (2010). The plasma boundary in single helical axis RFP plasmas. Nuclear Fusion, 50(3), -. [035014].