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Test ion transport in a collisional, field-reversed configuration

  • Author(s): Roche, T
  • McWilliams, R
  • Heidbrink, WW
  • Bolte, N
  • Garate, EP
  • Morehouse, M
  • Slepchenkov, M
  • Wessel, F
  • et al.
Abstract

Diffusion of test-ions in a flux-coil generated, collisional, field-reversed configuration is measured via time-resolved tomographic reconstruction of Ar+optical emission in the predominantly nitrogen plasma. Azimuthal test ion diffusion across magnetic field lines is found to be classical during the stable period of the discharge. Test ion radial confinement is enhanced by a radial electric field, reducing the observed outward radial transport rate below predictions based solely on classical cross-field diffusion rates. Test ion diffusion is ∼500m2s-1during the stable period of the discharge. The electric field inferred from plasma potential measurements and from equilibrium calculations is consistent with the observed reduction in argon transport. © 2014 IOP Publishing Ltd.

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