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Physics of Fluids B: Plasma Physics -- June 1992 -- Volume 4, Issue 6 pp. 1401-1411


Fully three-dimensional ideal magnetohydrodynamic stability analysis of low-n modes and Mercier modes in stellarators

G. Y. Fu, W. A. Cooper, and R. Gruber
Centre de Recherches en Physique des Plasmas, Association Euratom-Confédération Suisse, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
U. Schwenn
Max-Planck-Institut f ür Plasmaphysik, Euratom-IPP Association, Garching, Germany
D. V. Anderson
National Energy Research Supercomputer Center, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94550

(Received 23 October 1991; accepted 25 February 1992)

The terpsichore three-dimensional linear ideal magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) stability code [Theory of Fusion Plasmas, Proceedings of the Joint Varenna–Lausanne International Workshop, Chexbres, Switzerland, 1988 (Editrice Compositori, Bologna, Italy, 1989), p. 93; Controlled Fusion and Plasma Heating, Proceedings of the 17th European Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (European Physical Society, Petit-Lancy, Switzerland, 1990), Vol. 14B, Part II, p. 931; Theory of Fusion Plasmas, Proceedings of the Joint Varenna–Lausanne International Workshop, Valla Monastero, Varenna, Italy, 1990 (Editrice Compositori, Bologna, Italy, 1990), p. 655] has been extended to the full MHD equations. The new code is used to calculate the physical growth rates of nonlocal low-n modes for l=2 torsatron configurations. A comprehensive investigation of the relation between the Mercier modes and the low-n modes has been performed. The unstable localized low-n modes are found to be correlated with the Mercier criterion. Finite growth rates of the low-n modes correspond to finite values of the Mercier criterion parameter. Near the Mercier marginal stability boundary, the low-n modes tend to be weakly unstable with very small growth rates. However, the stability of global-type low-n modes is found to be decorrelated from that of Mercier modes. The low-n modes with global radial structures can be more stable or more unstable than Mercier modes. Physics of Fluids B: Plasma Physics is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics.

DOI: 10.1063/1.860100
PACS: 52.35.Bj, 52.55.Hc        Additional Information


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