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Title: Role of electric fields in the MHD evolution of the kink instability

Here, the discovery of electrostatic fields playing a crucial role in establishing plasma motion in the flux conversion and dynamo processes in reversed field pinches is revisited. In order to further elucidate the role of the electrostatic fields, a flux rope configuration susceptible to the kink instability is numerically studied with anMHDcode. Simulated nonlinear evolution of the kink instability is found to confirm the crucial role of the electrostatic fields. Anew insight is gained on the special function of the electrostatic fields: they lead the plasma towards the reconnection site at the mode resonant surface. Without this step the plasma column could not relax to its nonlinear state, since no other agent is present to perform this role. While the inductive field generated directly by the kink instability is the dominant flow driver, the electrostatic field is found to allow the motion in the vicinity of the reconnection region.
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven (Belguim)
  2. Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Napoli (Italy)
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Journal Name:
New Journal of Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 19; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1367-2630
IOP Publishing
Research Org:
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven (Belguim)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) (SC-24); USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Country of Publication:
United States
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; MHD; kink instability; magnetic reconnection; self-organization; flux rope; 70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY
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OSTI ID: 1358366