Equilibrium properties of hybrid field reversed configurations

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Abstract

Field Reversed Configurations (FRCs) heated by neutral beam injection may include a large fast ion pressure that significantly modifies the equilibrium. A new analysis is required to characterize such hybrid FRCs, as the simple relations used up to now prove inaccurate. The substantial contributions of fast ions to FRC radial pressure balance and diamagnetism are described. A simple model is offered to reconstruct more accurately the equilibrium parameters of elongated hybrid FRCs. Further modeling requires new measurements of either the magnetic field or the plasma pressure.

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Tuszewski, M., Gupta, D., Gupta, S., Onofri, M., Osin, D., Deng, B. H., … Gota, H. (2017). Equilibrium properties of hybrid field reversed configurations. Physics of Plasmas, 24(1). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4972537

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