Nonlinear behavior of the reversed field pinch with nonideal boundary conditions

Y. L. Ho, S. C. Prager, D. D. Schnack

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The effect of a resistive boundary and/or a distant conducting wall on a reversed field pinch is investigated with a three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamics code. Fluctuations rise with increasing distance between the conducting wall and the plasma. The enhanced fluctuation-induced v×b electric field primarily opposes toroidal current; hence loop voltage must increase to sustain the current. This increases the helicity injection rate, which is balanced by an enhanced surface loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1504-1507
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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