Experimental evidence of a zonal magnetic field in a toroidal plasma

A. Fujisawa, K. Itoh, A. Shimizu, H. Nakano, S. Ohshima, H. Iguchi, K. Matsuoka, S. Okamura, T. Minami, Y. Yoshimura, K. Nagaoka, K. Ida, K. Toi, C. Takahashi, M. Kojima, S. Nishimura, M. Isobe, C. Suzuki, T. Akiyama, Y. NagashimaS. I. Itoh, P. H. Diamond

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A zonal magnetic field is found in a toroidal plasma. The magnetic field has a symmetric bandlike structure, which is uniform in the toroidal and poloidal directions and varies radially with a finite wavelength of mesoscale, which is analogous to zonal flows. A time-dependent bicoherence analysis reveals that the magnetic field should be generated by the background plasma turbulence. The discovery is classified as a new kind of phenomenon of structured magnetic field generation, giving insight into phenomena such as dipole field generation in rotational planets.

Original languageEnglish
Article number165001
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Apr 18 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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