Fast changes of electric potential with different polarities are observed during sawtooth oscillations in the core region of a tokamak plasma using a heavy ion beam probe. Near the inversion radius the polarity of the observed change of the potential is found to be dependent on the swift movement of the hot core at the crash and is consistent with the prediction of one-fluid MHD theory. Near the magnetic axis the change of the potentials is positive and outside the inversion radius the change is negative. This is in contradiction with the MHD prediction.
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