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  • Main Title Nonlinear and Non-ideal Effects on FRC Stability


  • Author: Belova, E.V.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Davidson, R.C.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Ji, H.
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Yamada, M.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy. Office of Science.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE Office of Science (SC) (United States)


  • Name: Princeton University. Plasma Physics Laboratory.
    Place of Publication: Princeton, New Jersey
    Additional Info: Princeton Plasma Physics Lab., NJ (United States)


  • Creation: 2002-10-21


  • English


  • Content Description: New computational results are presented which advance the understanding of the stability properties of the Field-Reversed Configuration (FRC). We present results of hybrid and two-fluid (Hall-MHD) simulations of prolate FRCs in strongly kinetic and small-gyroradius, MHD-like regimes. The n = 1 tilt instability mechanism and stabilizing factors are investigated in detail including nonlinear and resonant particle effects, particle losses along the open field lines, and Hall stabilization. It is shown that the Hall effect determines the mode rotation and change in the linear mode structure in the kinetic regime; however, the reduction in the growth rate is mostly due to the finite Larmor radius effects. Resonant particle effects are important in the large gyroradius regime regardless of the separatrix shape, and even in cases when a large fraction of the particle orbits are stochastic. Particle loss along the open field lines has a destabilizing effect on the tilt mode and contributes to the ion spin up in toroidal direction. The nonlinear evolution of unstable modes in both kinetic and small-gyroradius FRCs is shown to be considerably slower than that in MHD simulations. Our simulation results demonstrate that a combination of kinetic and nonlinear effects is a key for understanding the experimentally observed FRC stability properties.
  • Physical Description: 4.0 Megabytes pages


  • Keyword: Stabilization Field-Reversed Configurations
  • STI Subject Categories: 70 Plasma Physics And Fusion Technology
  • Keyword: Kinetics
  • Keyword: Simulation
  • Keyword: Spin
  • Keyword: Field-Reversed Configurations
  • Keyword: Shape
  • Keyword: Larmor Radius
  • Keyword: Hall Effect
  • Keyword: Numerical Stimulation
  • Keyword: Partical Wave Interaction
  • Keyword: Stability
  • Keyword: Rotation
  • Keyword: Field-Reversed Theta Pinch Devices
  • Keyword: Instability
  • Keyword: Particle Losses


  • Other Information: PBD: 21 Oct 2002


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • Report No.: PPPL-3759
  • Grant Number: AC02-76CH03073
  • DOI: 10.2172/809930
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 809930
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc734450


  • Display Note: INIS; OSTI as DE00809930