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The sawtooth instability is a familiar feature in tokamak plasmas. It appears as a regularly recurring reorganization of the core plasma. A brief survey of the experimental observations on many tokamaks is presented. A qualitative description of the relevant theoretical ideas and of how they have evolved from early magnetic reconnection models in response to increasingly detailed experimental data, is also presented.

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Authors: HASTIE R J, AEA Fusion, Culham Laboratory, Abingdon, Oxon (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: UKAEA FUS 403 EN (1998) 28pp.
Availability: Available from the Librarian, UKAEA, Culham Laboratory, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3DB (GB)
Record Number: 199811291 / Last updated on: 1998-10-27
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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