Generation of toroidal current sheet at sawtooth crash

K. Itoh, S. I. Itoh, H. Soltwisch, H. R. Koslowski

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The mechanism generating the toroidal sheet current after the sawtooth crash (observation on TEXTOR tokamak) is discussed. A possible hypothesis is presented. The crash of central pressure causes a steep gradient near the boundary between the flattened region and the unperturbed region. This sharp pressure gradient gives rise to a strong secondary current (transient Pfirsch-Schlüter current). The location, polarity, magnitude and time evolution of the current sheet are analysed. Comparison with present experimental data is made, and future necessary measurements are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1033-1039
Number of pages7
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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