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Plasma and Fusion Research

Volume 1, 010 (2006)

Rapid Communications

Effects of Toroidal Field Ripples on the Bootstrap Current in Tokamaks
Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University
(Received 14 December 2005 / Accepted 26 January 2006 / Published 9 March 2006)


The effects of toroidal field ripples on bootstrap current in the low collisionality regime in tokamak plasmas are discussed by using an asymptotic expression of the bootstrap current. When the toroidal field ripple is 1-3%, an 8-15% reduction of the bootstrap current is predicted in a tokamak plasma having q = 1.8 and εt = 0.3. If we fix the ripple ratio, dependence on the number of toroidal field coils is negligible when the number is more than 15. These results suggest that the effect of the toroidal field ripple on the bootstrap current is particularly important when the pressure gradient is steep near the plasma edge.


bootstrap current, ripple, tokamak, neoclassical theory, low collisionality regime

DOI: 10.1585/pfr.1.010


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This paper may be cited as follows:

Yuji NAKAMURA, Plasma Fusion Res. 1, 010 (2006).