PHYSICS OF THE REVERSED FIELD PINCH
Taylor's theory of relaxed states, which defines relaxed Reversed Field Pinch equilibria independently of the mechanism of relaxation is briefly reviewed. An account is then given of a number of mechanisms put forward to explain relaxation and reversed field generation, processes which can also lead to anomalous transport. Finally, studies of fluctuations in the HBTX1A Reversed Field Pinch using edge coils, insertable probes and surface barrier diode X-ray detectors are described in which a variety of unstable modes are identified. The questions of the origin of these modes, their possible role in relaxation and field generation and their effect on transport is discussed in a preliminary fashion.
Bibliographic Reference: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PLASMA PHYSICS, LAUSANNE (SWITZERLAND), JUNE 27-JULY 3, 1984 PUBLISHED AS EUR 9708 EN 1985, PP. 417-454
Record Number: 1989124029600 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
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