Preferential heating of electrons traveling in one direction can support a current even in the absence of a dc electric field. An immediate implication is that even waves which carry little toriodal momentum, such as electron cyclotron waves, may be attractive as a means for generating steady-state toroidal current in a tokamak. An analytical expression is derived for the current generated per power dissipated, which agrees remarkably well with numerical calculations.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)