Rotational stabilization of resistive wall modes by the shear Alfvén resonance

L. J. Zheng, M. Kotschenreuther, M. S. Chu

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It is found that resistive wall modes with a toroidal number n=1 in tokamaks can be stabilized by plasma rotation at a low Mach number, with the rotation frequency being lower than the ion bounce frequency but larger than the ion and electron precession drift frequencies. The stabilization is the result of the shear-Alfvén resonance, since the thermal resonance effect is negligible in this rotation frequency range. This indicates that tokamaks can operate at normalized pressure values beyond the no-wall stability limit even for low values of plasma rotation, such as those expected in fusion reactor scale devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number255003
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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