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Title: Landau resonant modification of multiple kink mode contributions to 3D tokamak equilibria

Detailed measurements of the plasma's response to applied magnetic perturbations provide experimental evidence that the form of three-dimensional (3D) tokamak equilibria, with toroidal mode number n = 1, is determined by multiple stable kink modes at high-pressure. For pressures greater than the ideal magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) stability limit, as calculated without a stabilizing wall, the 3D structure transitions in a way that is qualitatively predicted by an extended MHD model that includes kinetic wave-particle interactions. These changes in poloidal mode structure are correlated with the proximity of rotation profiles to thermal ion bounce and the precession drift frequencies suggesting that these kinetic resonances are modifying the relative amplitudes of the stable modes. These results imply that each kink may eventually be independently controlled.
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  1. General Atomics, San Diego, CA (United States)
  2. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States)
  3. Australian National Univ., Canberra, ACT (Australia)
  4. Culham Science Center, Oxfordshire (United Kingdom)
  5. Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States)
  6. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nuclear Fusion
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 56; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 0029-5515
IOP Science
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY tokamaks; equilibrium; magnetohydrodynamics; kinks; kinetic effects; PLASMAS