Energy principle with global invariants for toroidal plasmas

A. Bhattacharjee, R. L. Dewar, D. A. Monticello

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A variational principle is proposed for constructing equilibria with low free energy in toroidal plasmas in which relaxation is dominated by a tearing mode of single helicity. States with current density vanishing on the boundary are constructed. Theoretical predictions are compared with experimental data from reversed field pinches and tokamaks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-350
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1980

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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