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Title: Sustained spheromaks with ideal n = 1 kink stability and pressure confinement

Increasing the helicity injector drive frequency up to 68.5 kHz on the Helicity Injected Torus-Steady Inductive (HIT-SI) experiment has produced spheromaks with current amplifications of 3.8, ideal n = 1 kink stability, improved toroidal symmetry and pressure confinement. Current centroid calculations from surface magnetic probes show an outward shift in the magnetic field at frequencies above 50 kHz. Grad-Shafranov equilibria indicate pressure confinement at higher injector operating frequencies. The minimum characteristic frequency needed to achieve this confining effect on HIT-SI plasmas is found to be approximately 30 kHz by analysis of the density fluctuations.
Authors:
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  1. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22303774
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 8; 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; AMPLIFICATION; APPROXIMATIONS; CURRENTS; KHZ RANGE 01-100; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MAGNETIC PROBES; PLASMA; PLASMA CONFINEMENT; SPHEROMAK DEVICES; STABILITY; SURFACES; SYMMETRY