Linear neoclassical tearing mode in tokamaks

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Abstract

The growth rate of linear tearing modes in tokamaks is calculated including the neoclassical dissipation mechanism. It is found that when the growth rate is much smaller than the ion-ion collision frequency, the growth rate is reduced approximately by a factor of (Bp B) 25 from its standard value, and when the growth rate is much larger than the ion-ion collision frequency, the growth rate is reduced by a factor [ε(1.6 q2)] 15. Here, Bp is the poloidal magnetic field strength, B is the magnetic field strength, ε is the inverse aspect ratio, and q is the safety factor. The width of the resistive layer is broadened when compared to that of the standard theory. In both limits, the growth rate and the resistive layer width only depend on Bp and are independent of B. The growth rates in the plateau regime and for the inertia dominant modes are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Article number052511
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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