Ion acceleration during reconnection in MAST
Spontaneous acceleration of ions to supra-thermal energies is observed during magnetic reconnection in the Mega-Ampere Spherical Tokamak (MAST). A high-energy tail is observed in the ion-distribution function following each internal reconnection event in Ohmic discharges. This phenomenon is explained in terms of runaway ion acceleration in the electric field induced by the reconnection.
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Physical Review Letters, 89, 235002 (2002)
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Record Number: 200315736 / Last updated on: 2003-01-10
Original language: en
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