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Traveling wave current drive theory for an arbitrary m-polar configuration

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Duarte, V. N. [1] ; Clemente, R. A. [2] ; Farengo, R. [3, 4]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Fis, BR-05508090 Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Univ Estadual Campinas, Inst Fis Gleb Wataghin, BR-13083859 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[3] Ctr Atom Bariloche, RA-8400 San Carlos De Bariloche, RN - Argentina
[4] Inst Balseiro, RA-8400 San Carlos De Bariloche, RN - Argentina
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: Physics of Plasmas; v. 20, n. 3 MAR 2013.
Web of Science Citations: 0

An extension of the formalism employed to describe current drive in magnetized plasmas by means of traveling magnetic fields (or double-helix configuration) is presented. In all previous theoretical studies, only driving fields with dipolar topology have been employed and the figure of merit of the current drive mechanism has never been analyzed in terms of the dissipation in the power feeding circuit. In this paper, we show how to express the model equations in terms of the current amplitude in the coils, for an arbitrary number of equally spaced coils wound around the plasma column. We present a brief review of the existing theory and a theoretical formulation, valid for an arbitrary m-polar helical symmetry, which removes the above mentioned complications and limitations. In the limit of straight coils, our magnetic field expression agrees exactly with well-established results of the literature for rotating magnetic field current drive. Finally, we present initial numerical results from a recently developed code which consistently compares the steady driven nonlinear Hall currents and steady fields, corresponding to different configurations in terms of the Ohmic dissipation in the helical coils and discuss future perspectives. (C) 2013 American Institute of Physics. {[}] (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/22830-2 - Geodesic Acoustic Modes and Alfvén Continuum in Plasma Columns with Rotation
Grantee:Vinícius Njaim Duarte
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 09/11835-0 - Current drive in reversed field pinches with traveling magnetic fields produced by helicoidal coils
Grantee:Vinícius Njaim Duarte
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master