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This article reports the measurements of halo currents and numerical simulations that verify the presence of an extended region of open flux surfaces (halo), during the current quench phase of the disruption of elongated plasmas. The halo, in addition to providing a poloidal current path between the plasma and the first-wall components, allows rapid conduction and convection of energy along field lines, and therefore a mechanism for the localised deposition of energy onto the wall. The heat load to the region of the plasma-first-wall interaction is higher than in the scenario in which the magnetic energy is mostly dissipated by radiative processes.

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Authors: PAUTASSO G ET AL., Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching bei München (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Nuclear Fusion, Vol.34 (1994) No. 3, pp. 455-458
Record Number: 199411050 / Last updated on: 1994-11-28
Original language: en
Available languages: en