Current filaments in turbulent magnetized plasmas

E. Martines, N. Vianello, D. Sundkvist, M. Spolaore, M. Zuin, M. Agostini, V. Antoni, R. Cavazzana, C. Ionita, M. Maraschek, F. Mehlmann, H.W. Müller, Volker Naulin, Jens Juul Rasmussen, V. Rohde, P. Scarin, R. Schrittwieser, G. Serianni, E. Spada

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    Direct measurements of current density perturbations associated with non-linear phenomena in magnetized plasmas can be carried out using in situ magnetic measurements. In this paper we report such measurements for three different kinds of phenomena. Current density fluctuations in the edge density gradient region of a fusion plasma confined in reversed field pinch configuration and in a density gradient region in the Earth magnetosphere are measured and compared, showing that in both environments they can be attributed to drift-Alfvén vortices. Current structures associated with reconnection events measured in a reversed field pinch plasma and in the magnetosheath are detected and compared. Evidence of current filaments occurring during ELMs in an H-mode tokamak plasma is displayed.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
    Issue number12
    Pages (from-to)124053
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


    • Fusion energy


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