QUASI-STEADY-STATE TOROIDAL DISCHARGES
A method for maintaining toroidal current in toroidal plasmas is discussed. The method requires application of suitably phased oscillating toroidal and poloidal voltages to the plasma resulting in a magnetic field configuration with small oscillations around some mean state. In such quasi-steady states the usual volt second limitation on discharge duration is eliminated. The current drive effect is caused by a nonlinear interaction between the toroidal and poloidal circuits that can be understood in general terms from symmetry considerations. Specific calculations of the effect are made using two models: (1) a zero-dimensional relaxation model, relevant to the reversed field pinch, and (2) a one-dimensional resistive diffusion model (assuming slab geometry). The results for the relaxation model indicate a useful current drive effect that may be of importance for the reversed field pinch program.
Bibliographic Reference: PHYSICS OF FLUIDS, VOL. 28 (1985), NO. 6, PP. 1826- 1836
Record Number: 1989124059700 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
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