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Title: Mode locking and island suppression by resonant magnetic perturbations in Rutherford regime

We demonstrate in theory that tearing mode locking and magnetic island suppression by resonant magnetic perturbations (RMPs) can correspond to different states of a same dynamic system governed by the torque balance and the nonlinear island evolution in the Rutherford regime. In particular, mode locking corresponds to the exact steady state of this system. A new exact analytic solution has been obtained for such a steady state, which quantifies the dependence of the locked mode island width on RMP amplitude in different plasma regimes. Furthermore, two different branches of mode locking have been revealed with the new analytic solution and the branch with suppressed island width turns out to be unstable in general. On the other hand, the system also admits stable states of island suppression achieved through the RMP modulation of tearing mode rotational frequency. When the RMP amplitude is above a certain threshold, the island suppression is transient until the tearing mode eventually gets locked. When the RMP amplitude is below the mode locking threshold, the island can be suppressed in a steady state on time-average, along with transient oscillations in rotational frequency and island width due to the absence of mode locking.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22408204
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 3; Other Information: (c) 2015 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; AMPLITUDES; ANALYTICAL SOLUTION; DISTURBANCES; MAGNETIC ISLANDS; MAGNETIC RESONANCE; MODE LOCKING; MODULATION; OSCILLATIONS; PLASMA; STEADY-STATE CONDITIONS; TEARING INSTABILITY; TORQUE