Current generation in tokamaks by phased injection of pellets

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By phasing the injection of frozen pellets into a tokamak plasma, it is possible to generate current. The current occurs when the electron flux to individual members of an array of pellets is asymmetric with respect to the magnetic field. The utility of this method for tokamak reactors, however, is unclear; the current, even though free in a pellet-fuelled reactor, may not be large enough to be worth the trouble. Uncertainty as to the utility of this method is, in part, due to uncertainty as to proper modelling of the one-pellet problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)378-386
Number of pages9
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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