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Abstract

A VERY GENERAL KINETIC EQUATION DESCRIBING THE LINEAR EVOLUTION OF LOW M/L MODES IN AXISYMMETRIC TOROIDAL PLASMAS WITH ARBITRARY CROSS SECTIONS IS DERIVED, INCLUDING ION SOUND, INERTIA, DIAMAGNETIC DRIFTS, FINITE POLOIDAL BETA, AND FINITE ION LARMOR RADIUS EFFECTS. ASSUMING THE MAGNETIC SURFACES TO FORM A SET OF NESTED TORI WITH CIRCULAR CROSS SECTIONS OF SHIFTED CENTERS, AND INTRODUCING ADEQUATE SIMPLIFICATIONS JUSTIFIED BY KNOWLEDGE OF EXPERIMENTAL TOKAMAK PLASMAS, THE SETS OF EQUATIONS DESCRIBING THE COUPLING OF THE QUASIMODES 0/1, 1/1, 2/1 AND FOR M >= 2, M/L, (M+L)/L ARE OBTAINED. BY TAKING FINITE ASPECT RATIO EFFECTS INTO ACCOUNT WHEN CALCULATING THE JUMP OF THE DERIVATIVE OF THE EIGENFUNCTION, IT IS SHOWN THAT THE THEORY CAN EXPLAIN THE RAPID EVOLUTION, WITHIN ONE SAWTOOTH PERIOD, OF THE GROWTH RATE OF THE SAWTEETH PRECURSORS FROM RESISTIVE VALUES TO MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMIC ONES. THE CHARACTERISTICS THUS THEORETICALLY REQUIRED FROM CURRENT PROFILES IN SAWTOOTHING DISCHARGES HAVE CLEARLY BEEN OBSERVED. OTHER ASPECTS OF THE FULL THEORY COULD BE RELEVANT TO THE PHENOMENON OF MAJOR DISRUPTIONS.

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Authors: ROGISTER A, KERNFORNSCHUNGSANLAGE JUELICH GMBH (GERMANY);SINGH R KERNFORNSCHUNGSANLAGE JUELICH GMBH (GERMANY), KERNFORNSCHUNGSANLAGE JUELICH GMBH (GERMANY)
Bibliographic Reference: REPORT JUL-2226, 1988, AVAILABILITY: KFA, JUELICH, D
Record Number: 1989126217000 / Last updated on: 1989-04-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en