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Abstract

Self-consistent modelling of the generation of runaway electrons and the evolution of the toroidal electric field during tokamak disruptions is presented. The process of runaway generation is analysed by combining a relativistic kinetic equation for the electrons with Maxwell's equations for the electric field. Such modelling allows for a quantitative assessment of the runaway generation during disruptions in present day tokamak experiments, and to extrapolate to future tokamaks like ITER. It is found that the current profile can change dramatically during a disruption, such that the post disruption current, carried mainly by the runaway electrons, is significantly more peaked than the current profile before the disruption. In fact, it is found that the central current density can increase in spite of a reduction in the total current.

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Authors: ERIKSSON L-G, Departement de Recherches sur la Fusion Controlee, Association Euratom-CEA sur la Fusion, CEA Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (FR);HELANDER P, EURATOM-UKAEA Fusion Association, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon (GB);ANDERSSON F, Chalmers University of Technology and EURATOM-VR Assocation, Goteborg (SE);ANDERSON D, Chalmers University of Technology and EURATOM-VR Assocation, Goteborg (SE);LISAK M, Chalmers University of Technology and EURATOM-VR Assocation, Goteborg (SE)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral paper given at: Theory of Fusion Plasmas Joint Varenna-Lausanne Int. Workshop Organised by: �Piero Caldirola� International Centre for the Promotion of Science and International School of Plasma Physics Held at: Villa Monastero,
Availability: Available from Association EURATOM-CEA, Departement de Recherches sur la Fusion Controlee, CEA Cadarache, F-13108 St Paul-Lez-Durance, France Tel: (+33) 4 42 25 70 01; Fax: (+33) 4 42 25 64 21 E-mail: dirdrfc@drfc.cad.cea.fr
Record Number: 200417721 / Last updated on: 2004-10-14
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en