An attempt has been made to form a reversed field pinch (RFP) in a poloidal divertor configuration which positions the plasma far from a conducting wall. In this configuration, the plasma is localized within a magnetic separatrix formed by a combination of toroidal currents in the plasma and four internal aluminium rings. Plasmas were formed with a plasma current of -135 kA, toroidal field reversal lasting -1 ms, line averaged density of -(1-2) × 1013 cm– and central electron temperature of -50 eV, but a large asymmetry in the magnetic field (δ;B/B - 40%) set in at about the time when the toroidal field reversed at the wall. This behaviour might be expected on the basis of MHD stability analysis of a cylindrical plasma bounded by a large vacuum region and a distant conducting wall. The symmetric equilibrium before the asymmetry develops and the asymmetry itself are described.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Condensed Matter Physics