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The presence of two or more species of ions in an inhomogeneous magnetically confined plasma can present opportunities for a new class of drift-type mode to become unstable. When the thermal speed of a minority ion species (the impurity) is much smaller than that of the primary species, waves with parallel phase velocities intermediate between the two speeds can be driven unstable by a source of free energy (e.g. density or temperature gradient) and Landau damping. Their linear stability theory and quasilinear particle and heat transport are discussed in the context of a shearless slab geometry. The simultaneous appearance of two unstable modes, one propagating in the ion diamagnetic direction and the other in the electron direction, is discussed. When the effective impurity concentration is finite, the threshold for the ion temperature gradient instability is raised dramatically.

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Authors: MIGLIUOLO S, JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxon. (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: JET-P(91)34 EN (1991) 18 pp.
Availability: Available from the Publications Officer, JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxon. OX14 3EA (GB)
Record Number: 199111580 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en