By Valentin Igochine
During the earlier century, world-wide strength intake has risen dramatically, which ends up in a quest for brand new power assets. Fusion of hydrogen atoms in scorching plasmas is an enticing method of remedy the strength challenge, with ample gas, inherent safeguard and no long-lived radioactivity. even if, one of many limits on plasma functionality is because of some of the sessions of magneto-hydrodynamic instabilities which may ensue. The physics and keep an eye on of those instabilities in smooth magnetic confinement fusion units is the topic of this ebook. Written by way of most excellent specialists, the contributions will offer useful reference and updated learn stories for "old arms" and novices alike.
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Igochine Fig. 14 Density profiles in ASDEX Upgrade with and without pellet fueling are shown. Greenwald density limit is marked by green line. The density is well above Greenwald limit in the plasma core but is less than this limit at the plasma edge (The figure is from . Ó IAEA. 5 ρ pol. 0 Operations in other fusion devices are also limited by the density limit. In reversed field pinches, the density limit is the same as in tokamaks. Situation in stellarators is completely different. This device has intrinsically no current which makes the plasma more calm.
Thus, the safety factor value of the resonant surface follows directly from the helical structure of the instability ðq ¼ m=nÞ. 30). It is called ‘‘linear growth’’ phase. This description is applicable only in some special cases, for example for resistive wall modes dynamic in RFPs. In practice, the modes are often in non-linear regime and this assumption is not valid anymore, for example for tearing modes, edge localized modes, etc. 2 Magneto-Hydrodynamics and Operational Limits 29 rotates with respect to the laboratory frame, its rotation is characterized by the mode frequency ðxÞ.
The other way to increase the density well above the Greenwald limit in present experiments is pellet fueling (Fig. 14). Results from the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak show that pellet fueling in combination with magnetic fields from active in-vessel saddle coils allow to sustain very attractive plasma scenarios. 6nG have been reached while maintaining mitigation of dangerous big edge localized modes (ELMs) . There are also other factors which influence the density limits; for example, plasma triangularity has been found to be important in determining the density at which confinement begins to drop.
Active Control of Magneto-hydrodynamic Instabilities in Hot Plasmas by Valentin Igochine