Momentum transport and flow damping in the reversed-field pinch plasma

A. F. Almagri, J. T. Chapman, C. S. Chiang, D. Craig, D. J. Den Hartog, C. C. Hegna, S. C. Prager

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Abstract

A biased electrode is used in the Madison Symmetric Torus (MST) reversed-field pinch [Fusion Technol. 19, 131 (1991)] to manipulate plasma flow in order to study flow damping and momentum transport. Finite radial conductivity allows a radial current, which provides the toroidal torque that spins up the plasma. The applied torque is balanced by a viscous force that opposes toroidal flow acceleration. From the plasma flow damping the viscosity is inferred to be anomalous. The radial transport of toroidal momentum is comparable to that of particles and energy, and is consistent with transport by stochastic magnetic field lines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3982-3985
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Volume5
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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    Almagri, A. F., Chapman, J. T., Chiang, C. S., Craig, D., Den Hartog, D. J., Hegna, C. C., & Prager, S. C. (1998). Momentum transport and flow damping in the reversed-field pinch plasma. Physics of Plasmas, 5(11), 3982-3985. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.873118