A global picture is derived about how visco-resistive transport coefficients and magnetic boundary conditions rule the self-organized helical states for the reversed-field pinch configuration. Decreasing visco-resistive dissipation causes a transition from steady ohmic helical equilibria to intermittent states (sawtoothing activity), while selected helical magnetic perturbations applied at the boundary favor steady global quasi-helical solutions. The sawtoothing frequency decreases together with visco-resistive dissipation, while sawtoothing amplitude decreases when applying non-resonant magnetic perturbations. Simulations of the tokamak configuration allow us to draw a tight parallelism with reversed-field pinches: a similar role of dissipation and magnetic boundary conditions on the dynamics of the internal kink mode is found, with decreasing sawtoothing frequency and amplitude by decreasing dissipation and by applying suitable helical boundary conditions. Magnetic chaos healing is the topological feature of the transition from intermittent to quasi-quiescent helical states in reversed-field pinches. Bundles of Lagrangian coherent structures (LCS) in the weakly stochastic region surrounding the helical core constitute the skeleton of chaos healing, and behave as barriers to the transport of magnetic field lines.

Transition to helically self-organized pinches: enhanced plasma dynamics and magnetic chaos healing

Marco Veranda;Daniele Bonfiglio;Susanna Cappello;
2019

Abstract

A global picture is derived about how visco-resistive transport coefficients and magnetic boundary conditions rule the self-organized helical states for the reversed-field pinch configuration. Decreasing visco-resistive dissipation causes a transition from steady ohmic helical equilibria to intermittent states (sawtoothing activity), while selected helical magnetic perturbations applied at the boundary favor steady global quasi-helical solutions. The sawtoothing frequency decreases together with visco-resistive dissipation, while sawtoothing amplitude decreases when applying non-resonant magnetic perturbations. Simulations of the tokamak configuration allow us to draw a tight parallelism with reversed-field pinches: a similar role of dissipation and magnetic boundary conditions on the dynamics of the internal kink mode is found, with decreasing sawtoothing frequency and amplitude by decreasing dissipation and by applying suitable helical boundary conditions. Magnetic chaos healing is the topological feature of the transition from intermittent to quasi-quiescent helical states in reversed-field pinches. Bundles of Lagrangian coherent structures (LCS) in the weakly stochastic region surrounding the helical core constitute the skeleton of chaos healing, and behave as barriers to the transport of magnetic field lines.
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