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Title: On the behavior of plasma with a negative current in the L-2M stellarator

The behavior of plasma with a negative current in the range of 5 kA ≤ vertical bar J vertical bar ≤ 16 kA in the L-2M stellarator is studied. Plasma is created and heated by means of electron cyclotron resonance heating (ECRH). Here, the definition “negative” stands for a toroidal current directed in such a way that it reduces the initial rotational transform µ in absolute value. It is shown that, only at relatively small values of the negative current ( vertical bar J vertical bar ∼ 6 kA), the increase in the shear leads to a reduction in electromagnetic turbulence. As vertical bar J vertical bar rises, the average level of magnetic fluctuations in the stationary phase of the discharge gradually increases. After ECRH is switched off (i.e., when plasma cools down), there is a time interval in which the amplitude of magnetic field fluctuations increases. No coherent three-dimensional modes (e.g., double tearing modes) that could accompany the penetration of the current into the plasma were observed. As for axisymmetric perturbations with m ≠ 0, analysis of the experimental data shows that they are absent at vertical bar J vertical bar ≤ 8 kA, appear in some discharges atmore » vertical bar J vertical bar = 9 kA, and are observed in each discharge at vertical bar J vertical bar ≥ 10 kA. The frequency of these oscillations is on the order of 10 kHz, the poloidal mode number is m = 2, and the duration is 4–6 ms. The absence of oscillations with m = 1 and the small value of the external magnetic field for the m = 2 perturbation indicate that the radial size of the magnetic island is less than 1 cm. This, in turn, suggests that the radial profile of the plasma current changes with increasing vertical bar J vertical bar.« less
Authors:
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  1. Russian Academy of Sciences, Prokhorov General Physics Institute (Russian Federation)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22472114
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Plasma Physics Reports; Journal Volume: 41; Journal Issue: 9; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2015 Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; AXIAL SYMMETRY; DISTURBANCES; ECR HEATING; ELECTRIC CURRENTS; FLUCTUATIONS; KHZ RANGE; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MAGNETIC ISLANDS; OSCILLATIONS; PLASMA; ROTATIONAL TRANSFORM; SHEAR; TEARING INSTABILITY; TURBULENCE