Probes for measuring fluctuation-induced Maxwell and Reynolds stresses in the edge of the Madison Symmetric Torus reversed field pinch

Kuritsyn, A.; Fiksel, G.; Miller, M. C.; Almagri, A. F.; Reyfman, M.; Sarff, J. S.
October 2008
Review of Scientific Instruments;Oct2008, Vol. 79 Issue 10, p10F127
Academic Journal
Several probes have been constructed to measure fluctuation-induced Maxwell and Reynolds stresses in the edge of the Madison Symmetric Torus reversed field pinch (RFP). The magnetic probe is composed of six magnetic pickup coil triplets. The triplets are separated spatially, which allows for local measurements of the Maxwell stress. To measure the plasma flow components for evaluation of the Reynolds stress, we employ a combination of an optical probe [Kuritsyn et al., Rev. Sci. Indrum. 77, 10F112 (2006)] and a Mach probe. The optical probe measures the radial ion flow locally using Doppler spectroscopy. The Mach probe consists of four current collectors biased negatively with respect to a reference tip and allows for measurements of the poloidal and toroidal components of the bulk plasma flow. The stresses are observed to play an important role in the momentum balance in the RFP edge during internal reconnection events.


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