Islands and current singularities in quasisymmetric toroidal plasmas

E. Rodríguez, A. Bhattacharjee

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The presence of current singularities in a quasisymmetric magnetic field is explored. Quasisymmetry is shown effective in isolating Pfirsch-Schlüter singularities, to leading order, to a single magnetic surface resonant with the helicity of the symmetry. The effects of pressure driven currents are analyzed, indicating that exclusion of this surface from the plasma volume reduces the potential opening of islands but does not generally eliminate them completely due to higher order asymmetric geometric effects. These three-dimensional effects are contained in quasisymmetry and indicate the complexity of finding consistent solutions and their potential sensitivity. The δ-function current singularities show a distinct quasisymmetric behavior only when the higher-order Fourier content of B is relevant for the resistive stability parameter DR (not included in leading-order near-axis expansions). In such scenarios, quasisymmetry proves advantageous, both in simplicity and avoidance of amplification by low-order rational surfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number092506
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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