Shear flow destabilization of a slowly rotating tokamak

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The Kelvin-Helmholtz destabilizing effect of shear in toroidal rotation on ideal magnetohydrodynamic localized interchange is studied in a tokamak with a general geometry. The method of maximizing the growth rate given by Frieman and Rotenberg is utilized. An explicit stability criterion is given for a slowly rotating tokamak with a non-negligible shearing rate in its rotation profile. It is found that rotation shear can weaken the stabilizing effect of the magnetic field shear and also allow the coupling of the sound wave to the shear Alfvén wave which destabilizes the plasma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-191
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Jan

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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