Magnetohydrodynamic effects of current profile control in reversed field pinches

C. R. Sovinec, S. C. Prager

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Linear and non-linear MHD computations are used to investigate reversed field pinch configurations with magnetic fluctuations reduced through current profile control. Simulations with reduced ohmic drive and moderate auxiliary current drive, represented generically with an electron force term, applied locally in radius near the plasma edge show magnetic fluctuation energies that are orders of magnitude smaller than those in simulations without profile control. The core of the improved configurations has reduced magnetic shear and closed flux surfaces in some cases, and reversal is sustained through the auxiliary current drive. Modes resonant near the edge may become unstable with auxiliary drive, but their saturation levels can be controlled. The space of auxiliary drive parameters is explored, and the in effects of deviating far from optimal conditions is demonstrated in non-linear simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)777-790
Number of pages14
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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