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Title: Statistical analysis of variations in impurity ion heating at reconnection events in the Madison Symmetric Torus

The connection between impurity ion heating and other physical processes in the plasma is evaluated by studying variations in the amount of ion heating at reconnection events in the Madison Symmetric Torus (MST). Correlation of the change in ion temperature with individual tearing mode amplitudes indicates that the edge-resonant modes are better predictors for the amount of global ion heating than the core-resonant modes. There is also a strong correlation between ion heating and current profile relaxation. Simultaneous measurements of the ion temperature at different toroidal locations reveal, for the first time, a toroidal asymmetry to the ion heating in MST. These results present challenges for existing heating theories and suggest a stronger connection between edge-resonant tearing modes, current profile relaxation, and ion heating than has been previously thought.
Authors:
;  [1] ; ; ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois 60187 (United States)
  2. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (United States)
  3. (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22252158
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; ASYMMETRY; CORRELATIONS; CURRENTS; IMPURITIES; PLASMA; PLASMA HEATING; SYMMETRY; TEARING INSTABILITY; VARIATIONS