Energy principle with global invariants for toroidal plasmas

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

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Abstract

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
Volume45
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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