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Physics of Fluids B: Plasma Physics -- May 1990 -- Volume 2, Issue 5 pp. 985-993

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Theory of a high-n toroidicity-induced shear Alfvén eigenmode in tokamaks

G. Y. Fu
Center for Fusion Engineering and Institute for Fusion Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712
C. Z. Cheng
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08543

(Received 12 July 1989; accepted 19 January 1990)

A high-n WKB-ballooning mode equation is employed to study toroidicity-induced shear Alfvén eigenmodes (TAE) in s-alpha space, where s=(r/q)(dq/dr) is the magnetic shear and alpha =–(2Rq2/B2)(dp/dr) is the normalized pressure gradient for tokamak plasmas. In the ballooning mode first stability region, TAE modes are found to exist only for alpha less than some critical value alpha c. It is found that these TAE modes reappear in the ballooning mode second stability region for bands of alpha values. The global envelope structures of these TAE modes are studied by the Wentzel–Kramers–Brillouin (WKB) method and are found to be bounded radially if the local mode frequency has a maximum in radius. Physics of Fluids B: Plasma Physics is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics.


DOI: 10.1063/1.859245
PACS: 52.35.Bj, 52.55.Fa        Additional Information


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