Y. Narushima, F. Castejon, S. Sakakibara, K. Y. Watanabe, S. Ohdachi, Y. Suzuki, T. Estrada, F. Medina, D. Lopez-Bruna, M. Yokoyama, M. Yoshinuma, K. Ida, LHD Experiment Group and TJ-II Experiment Group


Experimental Study of Poloidal Flow Effect on Magnetic Island Dynamics in LHD and TJ-II

Date of publication:

Nov. 2010

Key words:

22 IAEA Fusion Energy Conference, EXS/P8-02


The dynamics of a magnetic island are studied by focusing on the poloidal flows in the helical devices LHD and TJ-II. The temporal increment of the EB poloidal flow prior to the magnetic island transition from growth to healing is observed. The direction of the poloidal flow is in the electron-diamagnetic direction in LHD and in the ion-diamagnetic direction in TJ-II. From the magnetic diagnostics, it is observed that a current structure flowing in the plasma moves ~p rad poloidally in the electron-diamagnetic direction during the transition in LHD experiments. These experimental observations from LHD and TJ-II show that the temporal increment of the poloidal flow is followed by the transition (growth to healing) of the magnetic island regardless of the flow direction and clarify the fact that significant poloidal flow affects the magnetic island dynamics.

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