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Numerical study of the existence criterion for the reversed shear Alfven eigenmode in the presence of a parallel equilibrium current

  • Shahzad, M.
  • Rizvi, H.
  • Panwar, A.
  • Ryu, C.M.
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2017
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We have re-visited the existence criterion of the reverse shear Alfven eigenmodes (RSAEs) in the presence of the parallel equilibrium current by numerically solving the eigenvalue equation using a fast eigenvalue solver code KAES. The parallel equilibrium current can bring in the kink effect and is known to be strongly unfavorable for the RSAE. We have numerically estimated the critical value of the toroidicity factor Qtor in a circular tokamak plasma, above which RSAEs can exist, and compared it to the analytical one. The difference between the numerical and analytical critical values is small for low frequency RSAEs, but it increases as the frequency of the mode increases, becoming greater for higher poloidal harmonic modes. ? 2017 Author(s). / 1

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