In the general area of confinement improvement and concept advancement, recent results in the Madison Symmetric Torus (MST) reversed-field pinch (RFP) include good confinement of both thermal and large-orbit ions and near doubling of total beta to 26% with deuterium pellet injection. Current profile control enables MST to reduce stochastic transport and achieve tokamak-like confinement. In standard RFP operation, substantial MHD tearing mode activity results in stochastic transport and an energy confinement time of about 1 ms in MST. Application of inductive current profile control reduces MHD activity and accompanying stochasticity, improving confinement by about a factor of ten. Previous work concentrated on electron confinement in improved-confinement RFP operation. Recent work confirms that ions are also well confined, and that high beta and improved confinement can be achieved simultaneously.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Condensed Matter Physics