Self organization of high βp plasma equilibrium with an inboard poloidal magnetic field null in QUEST

Kishore Mishra, H. Zushi, H. Idei, M. Hasegawa, T. Onchi, S. Tashima, S. Banerjee, H. Hanada, H. Togashi, T. Yamaguchi, A. Ejiri, Y. Takase, K. Nakamura, A. Fujisawa, Y. Nagashima, A. Kuzmin

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Successful production of high βp plasmas (εβp 1) fully non-inductively (NI) and their long pulse sustainment with the help of modest power (<100 kW) of electron cyclotron waves is demonstrated. High βp plasmas are found for the first time to be naturally self organized to form a stable natural inboard poloidal field null (IPN) equilibrium. A critical βp value is identified, which defines the transition boundary from inboard limiter (IL) to IPN equilibrium. A new feature of plasma self organization is evidenced, which enhances its negative triangular shape to sustain high βp. These results show a relatively simple method to produce and sustain high βp plasma close to the equilibrium limit in a stable configuration exploiting its self organization property.

Original languageEnglish
Article number083009
JournalNuclear Fusion
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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