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Title: Multi-region relaxed magnetohydrodynamics with anisotropy and flow

We present an extension of the multi-region relaxed magnetohydrodynamics (MRxMHD) equilibrium model that includes pressure anisotropy and general plasma flows. This anisotropic extension to our previous isotropic model is motivated by Sun and Finn's model of relaxed anisotropic magnetohydrodynamic equilibria. We prove that as the number of plasma regions becomes infinite, our anisotropic extension of MRxMHD reduces to anisotropic ideal MHD with flow. The continuously nested flux surface limit of our MRxMHD model is the first variational principle for anisotropic plasma equilibria with general flow fields.
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200 (Australia)
  2. Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, PO Box 451, Princeton, New Jersey 08543 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22299830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 7; 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; ANISOTROPY; EQUILIBRIUM; MAGNETIC SURFACES; MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS; PLASMA; VARIATIONAL METHODS