The Hall dynamo effect and nonlinear mode coupling during sawtooth magnetic reconnection

W. X. Ding, D. L. Brower, B. H. Deng, A. F. Almagri, D. Craig, G. Fiksel, V. Mirnov, S. C. Prager, J. S. Sarff, V. Svidzinski

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During magnetic reconnection associated with sawtooth activity in a reversed field pinch, we observe a large fluctuation-induced Hall electromotive force, 〈δJ×δB〉 ne e, which is capable of modifying the equilibrium current. This Hall dynamo effect is determined in the hot plasma core by laser Faraday rotation which measures equilibrium and fluctuating magnetic field and current density. We find that the Hall dynamo is strongest when nonlinear mode coupling between three spatial Fourier modes of the resistive tearing instability is present. Mode coupling alters the phase relation between magnetic and current density fluctuations for individual Fourier modes leading to a finite Hall effect. Detailed measurements of the spatial and temporal dynamics for the dominant core resonant mode under various plasma configurations are described providing evidence regarding the origin of the Hall dynamo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number112306
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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