Electron temperature difference between the o-point and x-point of a magnetic island

Jinhong Yang; Qingquan Yu; Sizheng Zhu; Zhuang, G.
September 2009
Physics of Plasmas;Sep2009, Vol. 16 Issue 9, p092308
Academic Journal
The electron temperature difference between the o-point and the x-point of a magnetic island is studied numerically by solving the two-dimensional energy transport equation. It is found that, even without a localized radio-frequency heating at the island's o-point, there is usually a temperature difference between these two points. This difference depends on the radial profile of the heating power deposition, the ratio between the parallel and the perpendicular heat conductivity and the island width, and it takes a minimum when the island width is about twice the local heat diffusion layer width. The effect of the temperature difference on the island growth is further studied, and the peaked heating power density profile at magnetic axis is found be destabilizing.


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