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Oct 13 – 18, 2014
Hotel Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya
Europe/Moscow timezone

Experimental Observation of Plasma Response to Resonant Magnetic Perturbation and its Hysteresis in LHD

Oct 16, 2014, 2:00 PM
4h 45m
Green 8-9 (Hotel Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya)

Green 8-9

Hotel Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya

Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Poster Poster 6

Speaker

Dr Yoshiro NARUSHIMA (National Institute for Fusion Science)

Description

Dynamics of magnetic islands in helical plasmas has been studied by means of an externally imposed resonant magnetic perturbation (RMP) to clarify its effect on the MHD stability and confinement in the Large Helical Device (LHD) plasmas. It has been reported that spontaneous healing and growth of magnetic islands can be clearly separated on the space of plasma beta, collisionality and poloidal flow. The dependence on the magnetic configuration has been also reported, in which the ramping-up RMP is likely to penetrate for the low magnetic shear and mitigated magnetic hill. This study clarifies configuration effect on healing/growth transition of magnetic islands for the first time. Dynamical response of island has been investigated for various magnetic configurations with different magnetic axis position ranging Rax = 3.55 - 3.80m. To clarify the effect originated from magnetic configuration, plasma parameters are kept approximately constant during the discharge. In case the RMP is ramped up during the discharge, the magnetic island shows healing at the beginning of the discharge. At that period, the plasma response field compensates the RMP field to shield it. When the RMP reaches a threshold, it penetrates into the plasma and makes the magnetic island. On the other hand, in case the RMP is ramped down during the discharge, the RMP initially penetrates into the plasma and makes the magnetic island. When the decreasing RMP reaches a threshold, it is shielded and the magnetic island disappears. It is observed that thresholds of the amplitude of RMP for the healing/growth transition of magnetic island depend on magnetic axis position Rax. The RMP threshold increases as the magnetic axis position Rax increases. Furthermore, it was found that the threshold of RMP for healing is smaller than that for growth, which means hysteresis in the critical RMP at a healing/growth transition. The magnetic island response to RMP and its hysteresis have been identified in LHD. The experimental observation shows (1) the threshold of RMP increases with the Rax of the magnetic configuration. (2) The hysteresis is seen in the critical RMP at a healing/growth transition.
Paper Number EX/P6-35
Country or International Organisation Japan

Primary author

Dr Yoshiro NARUSHIMA (National Institute for Fusion Science)

Co-authors

Prof. Katsumi Ida (National Institute for Fusion Science) Prof. Kiyomasa Watanabe (National Institute for Fusion Science) Prof. Satoru Sakakibara (National Institute for Fusion Science) Dr Satoshi Ohdachi (National Institute for Fusion Science) Dr Yasuhiro Suzuki (National Institute for Fusion Science) Dr ichihiro yamada (National Institute for Fusion Science) Dr masaru furukawa (Tottori University) Dr mikiro yoshinuma (National Institute for Fusion Science) Dr seiya nishimura (National Institute for Fusion Science) Dr yuki takemura (National Institute for Fusion Science)

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