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Abstract

This paper reviews some recent developments in the ideal MHD equilibrium and stability theory of axisymmetric plasmas with flow. In tokamaks heated by neutral beams, such as ISX-B, PDX and more recently, TFTR and JET, plasma rotation of the order of the speed of sound has been observed. The reported data pertains to purely toroidal rotation. However, when neutral beams are co-injected in TFTR, there are indications that poloidal flows can occur. It has also been recently suggested that strong electric fields can drive poloidal flows in the outer regions of tokamaks such as PDX and ASDEX, and that these flows can play an important role in determining the characteristics of the H-mode observed in these devices.

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Authors: BHATTACHARJEE A CENTRE DE RECHERCHES EN PHYSIQUE DES PLASMAS, ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE, CH, CENTRE DE RECHERCHES EN PHYSIQUE DES PLASMAS, ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE, CH
Bibliographic Reference: WORKSHOP ON THEORY OF FUSION PLASMAS, VARENNA/I, AUG. 24-28, 1987, PUBL. 1987, BY: SOCIETA ITALIANA DI FISICA
Record Number: 1989126085100 / Last updated on: 1989-05-01
Available languages: en