New method for inductively forming an oblate field reversed configuration from a spheromak

S. P. Gerhardt, E. V. Belova, M. Yamada, H. Ji, M. Inomoto, Y. Ren, B. McGeehan

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Abstract

A new method for inductively forming a field reversed configuration is demonstrated, based on the inductively driven transformation of a spheromak. The driven transition can be achieved in argon and krypton plasmas, in which MHD modes are suppressed; simulations indicate that stability through the transition is explained by magnetic diffusion. Spheromaks with lighter working gas, such as neon and helium, either display a tilt mode or an n = 2 kink instability, both resulting in discharge termination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number032001
JournalNuclear Fusion
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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