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Abstract

An insertable magnetic probe has been used to investigate the internal structure of the magnetic fluctuations in the HBTX1A Reversed Field Pinch. A statistical method for determining the radial amplitude distributions of instabilities is discussed in some detail. This is used to analyse the experimental data from which it is possible to distinguish three types of instability: At low frequencies (4-20 kHz) the dominant internal fluctuations are to be associated with a band of global m = 1, /n/ approximately equal 8 resistive modes resonant inside the reversal surface. Although non-linear processes are taking place, these modes possess a radial structure in agreement with that predicted by a linear tearing mode stability analysis of the measured equilibrium. At similar amplitudes to these modes there is a short correlation length component (LAMBDA-r approximately equal 3 cm) which is peaked in the central regions of the discharge. At high frequencies ( > 30 kHz ) this local activity dominates over the global fluctuations. Finally, at about 1/4 the peak power of the dominant global instabilities and with a similar frequency dependence, an m=1 mode with some ideal MHD characteristics is observed. Stability calculations show that ideal modes whose growth rates are controlled by a resistive wall could have similar radial structure and timescales as this mode.

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Authors: BROTHERTON RATCLIFFE D, CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON (UK);GIMBLETT C G, CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON (UK);HUTCHINSON I H CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON (UK), CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: WRITE TO THE LIBRARIAN, UKAEA, CULHAM LABORATORY, ABINGDON, OXON OX14 3DB (UK) MENTIONING REPORT CLM-P742, 1985
Record Number: 1989124040000 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
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