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22-27 October 2018
Mahatma Mandir Conference Centre
Asia/Kolkata timezone

Experimental analysis of self-organized structure and transport on magnetospheric plasma device RT-1

24 Oct 2018, 08:30
Mahatma Mandir Conference Centre

Mahatma Mandir Conference Centre

Gandhinagar (nearest Airport: Ahmedabad), India
Poster P3 Posters


Dr Masaki Nishiura (The University of Tokyo)


The dipole plasma exhibits strong heterogeneities in field strength, density, temperature, etc., while maintaining the holistic balance. Enquiring into the internal structures, we reveal the fundamental self-organizing mechanisms operating in their simplest realization (as commonly observed in astronomical systems) [1, 2]. Three new findings are reported from the RT-1 experiment: (i) Creation of a high-energy electron core (similar to the radiation belts in planetary magnetospheres) is observed for the first time in a laboratory system. High-energy electrons (3 - 15keV), produced by an electron cyclotron heating (ECH), accumulate in a “belt” located in the low density region (high-beta value ~ 1 is obtained by increasing the high-energy component up to 70% of the total electrons). (ii) The dynamical process of the “inward diffusion” (a spontaneous mechanism of creating density gradient) has been analyzed by perturbing the density by gas injection. (iii) By a system of coherence-imaging spectroscopy, the profiles of the ion temperature and flow velocity have been measured. The effect of the ion cyclotron resonance frequency (ICRF) heating [3] has been visualized. These results advance our understanding of transport and self-organization not only in dipole plasmas, but also in general magnetic confinement systems relevant to fusion plasmas. [1] A. Hasegawa, Comments Plasma Phys. Contr. Fusion 1 (1987) 147. [2] Z. Yoshida, Adv. Phys. X 1 (2016) 2. [3] M. Nishiura et al., Nucl. Fusion 57 (2017) 086038.
Country or International Organization Japan
Paper Number EX/P3-8

Primary author

Dr Masaki Nishiura (The University of Tokyo)


Dr Clive Michael (Australian National University) Prof. John Howard (Australian National University) Ms Kaori Nakamura (The University of Tokyo) Mr Kosuke Shirahata (The University of Tokyo) Dr Naoki Kenmochi (The University of Tokyo) Mr Shotaro Katsura (The University of Tokyo) Mr Tetsuya Sugata (The University of Tokyo) Prof. Zensho Yoshida (The University of Tokyo)

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