Orbit squeezing in a magnetic well

Ker-Chung Shaing, M. C. Zarnstorff, C. T. Hsu

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It is shown that the size of a charged particle's drift orbit is squeezed, i.e., reduced, in a magnetic well in tokamak plasmas. The squeezing factor depends on the energy of the particle, being larger for higher-energy particles. Therefore, for high-energy particles, the size of the drift orbit depends only on the magnetic geometry. These energy-independent drift orbits are also observed [J. A. Rome and Y.-K. M. Ping, Nucl. Fusion 19, 1193 (1979)]. The implications on the core confinement improvement physics and the confinement of the advanced fuel are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2843-2845
Number of pages3
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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